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Isshinryu Karate Academy


Kyoshi Don Washabaugh

Kyoshi Don Washabaugh


Sensei Washabaugh began training with William H. Duessel and Charles A. Wallace in 1975 at the Academy of Isshinryu Karate in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was awarded 1st Degree Black Belt in 1982 at the age of 33. He steadily progressed through the Isshinryu system and was awarded 7th Degree in 2002. Sensei Washabaugh was tested and promoted by Hanshi William H. Duessel and Hanshi Charles A. Wallace for each Dan grade.


In 1993 Sensei Washabaugh established the Isshinryu Karate Academy in Greentree and helped operate the school until moving away from the area in 2005. He has been on the testing board and signed the certificates for many Isshinryu Karate Academy black belts and kyus.


He wrote and co-authored the book, Beyond Black Belt, with Hanshi Duessel. He had assisted Hanshi Duessel with many karate demonstrations across the country and participated in Hanshi Duessel’s training video.


Sensei Washabaugh has attended many of the IWKA World Championships as a competitor, referee, and judge.


“My association with Hanshi William H. Duessel and the members of the Isshinryu Karate Academy of Pittsburgh has been one of the greatest rewards in my life”.




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