|Paul Belle Isle|
|Saturday, 24 January 2009 16:56|
Chief Instructor, Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai - New England
Paul Belle Isle began martial arts training in 1985 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, experimenting with both White Crane Kung Fu and Tae Kwan Do before settling on Haeashi-Ha Shito-Ryu karate under Sensei Ed Ferraro. A successful tournament competitor in the North American Shito-Ryu Karate organization, he was a National All-Around Champion in 1987. Paul had attained the rank of 1st kyu when he graduated in 1990.
After moving to Washington, DC, Paul had to forego karate training for several years because of a particularly demanding work schedule. The desire to train and progress still remained, however, and as soon as he was able, he sought out an appropriate school. Unable to find a satisfactory Shito-Ryu dojo, Paul began training in JKA Shotokan with Sensei David Ernst, under the direction of Sensei Teruyuki Okazaki. Paul attained the rank of 1st kyu before leaving the District of Columbia to return to Cornell for business school.
Back in Ithaca, Paul rejoined Sensei Ferraro's dojo and attained Shodan ranking in 1998. Over the next two years, he balanced his Shito-Ryu training with additional instruction in Shotokan from Sensei Masataka Mori in New York City. After earning his MBA in 1999, Paul moved to Kansas City, MO where, again unable to find a suitable school in a style of karate with which he had experience, he stumbled across Sensei Howard High's Nippon Budo Jinmukan dojo. He has been with JKR ever since, training under Sensei High, and is currently fifth dan in Shindo Jinen-Ryu Karate-Do.
Paul taught in Kansas City for five years beginning in 2001. He was the ranking instructor at the JKR-Saint Louis dojo from 2006 to 2011, and is currently working to establish JKR in the Northeast. Prior to training in martial arts, Paul was an accomplished gymnast and competitive swimmer, which he credits with helping him in karate.
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