In the past month Rising Sun Karate of Parkersburg acquired the Martial Arts school in Iowa Falls formerly known as Iowa Falls Martial Arts School. Their head Instructor Manny Callazo has been offered a ministry in California, which is close to where his family is so he has chosen to move there in the near future. This is a big step for Rising Sun Karate which now has 6 schools in Iowa and has become the largest Karate School in central Iowa with over 200 active students in Ackley, Allison, Hampton, Parkersburg, Reinbeck and now Iowa Falls.
Shihan Karla Fuller opened her first school in Parkersburg in 1993 and has promoted over 40 students to the rank of Black Belt. In 2007 Karla Fuller saw the need to join the American Karate Kung-fu Federation in order to help the school to continue to grow. The AKKF made it possible for Rising Sun to get started in learning many of the martial arts weapons by training Shihan Fuller and her students in the use of various weapons; Shihan Scott Casamassa, 7th degree Black Belt also comes to Iowa each year to hold seminars and train Rising Sun students in various martial arts weapons and self defense.
This past fall Shihan Fuller was promoted to the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt by the American Karate Kung-fu Federation in California which has over 10,000 members in the U.S and overseas; some notable members include Joe Lewis & Chuck Norris and 4 past U.S. Presidents. Rising Sun has the fifth largest membership in the AKKF, according to Grand Master Louis Casamassa, founder of the AKKF and Red Dragon Karate.
Rising Sun also holds an annual open karate tournament, and is coming up on our 7th annual tournament in February, which will be held at the Dike-New Hartford Middle School.
What makes Rising Sun Karate different than most schools is the number of locations; members can go to any of the schools they wish to and as many times as they want per week. The school does not require students to sign a contract!