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Isshin-ryu Karate Lessons in Hamburg, NY

About Us

My name is Rhonda Taylor, owner of One Strike - Buffalo Isshin Ryu Karate and Kobudo LLC. 

Its such a great honor to have this opportunity to pass on the teaching of Isshin Ryu Karate.  I began my Isshin-Ryu journey when I turned 35 years old. I gained more than I would have imagined.  Part of what I gained is a real understanding and passion for the effects  that learning self-defense can offer individuals young and old.  I have been teaching for over 7 years and enjoy being a part and a witness to student's personal growth and the empowerment that the studies afford them. 

Isshin-Ryu - One Heart Way.  A system of Self-Defense which its effectiveness has been proven by the lessons to the Country's military by both Tatsuo Shimabuko and his son in law Angi Uezu and personally witnessed by me in my experiences as a student and instructor of Isshin-Ryu; the self-discipline also proven by the upstanding, strong, confidence building, tradition and discipline of the instruction passed down through Isshin-Ryu and seen in the character of Karateka who proudly wear the Isshin-Ryu patch, who have dedicated their time, heart and mind at one or another level to the One Heart Way. 

At One Strike, we proudly follow and pass down to the best of our abilities the teachings of the Okinawa style of practical and effective karate: Isshin-Ryu developed by Tatsuo Shimabuku, passed down by many; particularly by Angi Uezu via the Okinawa Isshin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Association.  Our goal is to help build strong, self-disciplined, independent individuals who have the ability to defend themselves and others should there ever be a need to do so in their lives through the teachings of Isshin-Ryu. 
Kyoshi Lee Golebiewski
Nanadan - Isshin-Ryu
Renshi - Isshin-Ryu
One Strike Isshinryu

Rhonda Taylor
Yondan - Isshin-Ryu Karate
Certified Isshin-Ryu Instructor
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
Sensei Rhonda Taylor, Isshinryu
Sensei Rhonda was born and raised in Idaho, moved to Buffalo in 1988, and had 3 great kids.  She started training in Isshin-Ryu when she was 35.  She's worked for an industry leading lumber company in the inventory accounting department for over 15 years. In 2009 she got her certification as a Personal Fitness trainer, motivated to enhance women's lives as they move from youth to middles age.  She went back to school at 40 and received an associates in Paralegal Studies in 2012.  Rhonda developed girls / young ladies and women's self-defense and empowerment programs specifically for those ages groups. She spending time with friends and family, hiking, biking, weight training, and gardening.  She spends her down time watching football, hockey and indulging on Netflix originals. She enjoys traveling to Idaho and Las Vegas to visit family and friends.
Frank Scharmach 
Sandan - Isshin-Ryu
Kim Taberski
Shodan - Kempo / 2nd Kyu - Isshin-Ryu  
Sensei Kim Taberski started training in martial arts at the age of 11. After dedicated training and perseverance, in 2003 she received her black belt in Kempo.   A few years later, her dojo had closed so she turned her focus to her studies. In 2009 she began studying Ishin- Ryu Karate and has been training and teaching since. Kim is a graduate of Niagara University holding a bachelors degree in Business Management and a MBA in strategic Marketing. Her hobbies include playing volleyball, traveling and always staying busy!
Gina Santiamo
Shodan-Tang Soo Do1st Kyu Isshin-Ryu
Sensei Gina began practicing martial arts in 1988 and earned her Black Belt in Tang Soo Do in 1991.  After a twenty year hiatus she decided to start training in Isshin-Ryu Karate. She has been a student and an assistant teacher for the past five years. Gina has an Associates Degree in Accounting and works in Student Accounts at SUNY Buffalo State as a Revenue Accountant.  In her free time Gina likes to spend time with her friends & family. Her favorite hobbies include outdoor recreational activities.
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