Thunder Gate’s history is rich and deep, drawing on a lineage that can be traced back thousands of years.  At the heart of Thunder Gate’s martial curriculum is Isshinryu, a karate system formalized in the mid-1950’s by Tatsuo Shimabuku (1908-1975). Isshinryu was created from the synthesis of Gojuryu and Shorinryu styles. Isshin Kempo was later founded in 1970 by William Scott Russel in New Jersey. Russell expanded Isshinryu’s technical, internal, and kata curriculum. Chris Goedecke, a senior Isshin Kempo instructor, became the system's successor in 2000 after the founder’s passing. Shifu Goedecke (Hayashi Tomio) adds 47 years of martial experience to the system and continues to develop Isshin Kempo’s energetic, metaphysical, and therapeutic dimensions. Tom pursues the evolution of global consciousness through intelligent movement. 

A well known Tibetan saying states, "One should explain the lineage and history in order to cut doubt about the authenticity of the teaching and transmission."

A well known Tibetan saying states, "One should explain the lineage and history in order to cut doubt about the authenticity of the teaching and transmission."