Isshin-Ryu Karate History of Eric Moor

I started training in Isshinryu in 1980 when I was 13-years-old. My first instructors were Bob Deerman and Gary Morgan. After training with them for one year, Mr. Deerman introduced his own style of karate called Sanchinryu. I continued to train in Sanchinryu until I was 15-years-old, at which time I moved away from Albion and moved in with my dad in Jerome, MI. There were no karate schools in the Hillsdale area at that time so my training had come to an end; I had achieved the rank of brown belt in Sanchinryu.

I graduated high school at 18-years-old and began to work in a factory in Hanover, MI, and I met Bryan Fry, who was a San-Dan in Isshinryu and had a school in Jackson with another gentleman named Keith Bice; Mr. Bice was also a San-Dan. Bryan found out I had trained in Sanchinryu and invited me to attend his school in Jackson. I attended a few classes with Keith and Bryan, and not too long after that, Bryan started to run a class with Lee Norton at the same location on opposite nights of Keith. I continued to train with Bryan and Lee, and achieved the rank of Sho-dan in 1988. In 1989 I joined the U.S. Air Force and took a four year hiatus from the dojo.

I was discharged from the Air Force in 1992. I moved back to Michigan and immediately got in contact with Mr. Norton and began to train again at the Jackson dojo, which had moved to its current location. I achieved the rank of Ni-Dan in 1994 under Mr. Norton, and continued to train with him until life and careers took a priority in my life; my training in the dojo has been sporadic at best since one year prior to Sensei Harrill’s passing. I make it to the dojo when I am able, and I am currently beginning to start my own dojo in the Hillsdale area where I currently live and work.