What is Ryusei Karate? History Countries Newsletter Events Links Home
Japan United States   Canada   Australia

Ryusei Karate-Do Federation U.S.A dojo are run by Roland J. Figgs, Sr. He is a renshi (expert instructor) in Ryusei Karate-Do with more than 36 years of martial arts experience as a karate teacher, practitioner and competitor. He was once a technical director of the United States Chito-Kai Karate Federation (1978-1993) and the co-chairman of the Ohio AAU Referee Council (1997-1998). He has been a member of and referee in the USA National Karate-Do Federation since 1995.

In 1982, the late Tsuyoshi Chitose, founder of Chito-Ryu karate, graded Roland Figgs to 4th dan because of "batsugan" (exceptional technical skill) – the first time a Chito-Ryu student was upgraded in this manner. He is also a 4th degree black belt in taekwondo and has experience in other martial arts, including Shotokan karate, Goju-Ryu, Kyoshinkai, aikido, kobudo and hapkido.

He has received many awards, including the Pinnacle Award of Success from the U.S.A. International Black Belt Hall of Fame, in 2001. He has also won many U.S. and international tournaments as a kumite and kata competitor.


Corryville Ryusei Karate Dojo
Corryville Community Center
2823 Eden Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Phone: (513) 221-0888


Ryusei Karate-Do U.S.A.
P.O. Box 29081
Cincinnati, Ohio
Phone: (513) 891-9329
Fax: (513) 891-9329
E-mail: musashi53 [at] gmail.com