We are a traditional karate dojo club that teaches the style of Chito-Ryu Karate.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Hanshi William J. Dometrich on the morning of March 22, 2012. The world lost a karate pioneer and a good man. Futher information is available at the Parkinson organization web-site where donations can be arranged:
Chito-Ryu translated means: "One thousand years from China". It points to the passing down of information for those chosen to receive it. Chito-Ryu Karate was founded by Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose (1898-1984), 10th Dan <picture at top, at far left and below>. All members of the United States Chito-Ryu Karate Federation are guided by the insight of Doctor Tsuyoshi Chitose (O-Sensei) whose dedication established our past, whose genius determines our present, and whose vision shapes our future.
On April 30, 2008 at the 3rd World ButokuSai in Kyoto, Japan our Hanshi - William J. Dometrich was awarded Ku-Dan (9th degree) by the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (DNBK) and Deputy Sosai Higashi Fushimi Jiko. Hanshi Dometrich was the only non-Japanese to be awarded a 9th degree by the DNBK in karatedo. Hanshi William Dometrich (9th Dan) was the Founder and Chief Instructor of the United States Chito-Ryu Karate organization < picture at top, to the right of O-Sensei and below>. He was a special student of Dr. Chitose beginning in 1951 and had been training in Chito-Ryu karate for over 57 years. His teachings and influence extended far and wide in the martial arts world. He was an author and modern day pioneer of Karate. He produced many talented karatekas and was the epitome of dedication to the art of Karate-do.
Shihan Art Rott Pioneered Karate training in the Central Florida Region in the mid-1970s and was this style's highest ranking Sensei (teacher) in the southeast region <picture at top, to the right of Hanshi Dometrich and below>. Shihan Rott received his 6th Dan posthumously from Hanshi and is still remembered within the U.S. Chito-Kai organization as a treasure. Sensei Acampora studied under Shihan Rott from 1981 until Shihan's Rott's death in Nov. of 2001. Shihan Art Rott will always be remembered fondly and respectfully, for anyone who knew him and especially those who trained under him, knew his gifts were many, and his love of Chito-Ryu Karate was GREAT!
Sensei James Acampora <picture at top, at the far right> is the head instructor of Yoseikan of Orlando II. Sensei Acampora has been training in Chito-Ryu karate for over 30 years and has been vilgilantly upholding Shihan Rott's dream of teaching Chito-Ryu in the Orlando area strictly out of love for the art of karate. In fact, some of the building structure of Yoseikan of Orlando II is built using the construction materials of the original Yoseikan of Orlando from Shihan Art's backyard!
Visitors are always welcome at Yoseikan of Orlando II...feel free to stop by and observe a class or two or better yet; bring some comfortable clothing and be prepared to work up a good sweat!