Starting Martial Arts
Bill Adams has been studying martial arts since 1967. His primary instructor, the late George Insley, inspired him to a high level of skill in Isshin-Ryu Karate. This Okinawan system of karate is noted for it's explosiveness, focus and vertical punch. Kobudo, weaponry including bo, sai and tonfa, is a major part of that system. At the brown and black belt level, Mr. Adams received extensive training with Mr. Angi Uezu, the son-in-law of Isshin-Ryu's founder, Tatsuo Shimabuku..
In 1975, he was scheduled to train in Okinawa with Tatsuo Shimabuku. Because of Shimabuku's death in May, Mr. Adams spent the summer training with one of karate's earliest pioneers in Japan, 10th dan, Yasuhiro Konishi, who was 83 at the time. Founder of Shindo Junen Ryu, and a direct student of Gichin Funakoshi, he was of Samurai lineage and politically connected. It was O' Sensei Konishi that certified Mr. Funakoshi as being allowed to teach Karate in Japan.
Also during this period, Bill began to teach part-time from 1975, teaching various classes with his teacher's blessings. In 1977, Mr Adams began the Karate Can Am, a karate tournament that ran for 14 years, and brought some of the nation's best talent to Western New York! He also started to increase the size and number of his classes.
In 1979, he began teaching as a full-time professional. Opening first a school in East Aurora, then moving that to nearby Cheektowaga in 1985. His second school in Blasdell opened in 1984. Both schools have grown steadily, and now boast over 200 active between the two schools. The newest location is in Elma.