Richard Rosenthal was born June 18, 1964 in New York, New York. He moved with his family to South Florida in 1970 where he has spent the majority of his life.
Having earned Shodan in November 1991, Richard expanded his martial arts training to include Iaido, Nisei Goju, Judo and Jujitsu under Kyoshi Shihan Rex Lee while continuing to train in Isshin-ryu Karatedo. After relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Richard founded Northwest Isshinryu Bushidokan in October of 2000. During his five years in the Pacific Northwest Richard enjoyed the opportunity to train with outstanding Isshin-ryu Karate-ka from the Unites States’ west coast and British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. Sensei Mike Odell, thirty year student of Isshin-ryu Karatedo under Sensei Steve Armstrong, was and remains a significant influence on Richard as a karateka.
In 1983 Richard began his martial arts training in Shuri-Goju-ryu under Hanshi Andy Horne. He began formal training in Isshin-ryu Karatedo in May 1989 with Sensei Michael Rosenblatt and Sensei Milledge Murphy. In 1990 Richard contributed as a founding member of the Isshin-ryu Brotherhood based out of the University of Florida. He actively participated with the Isshin-ryu Brotherhood until it’s dissolution in 1997.
Since October 2002, Richard has continued his Isshin-ryu studies with Tatsuo Shimabuku first generation student Sensei Arcenio Advincula and embraced Advincula’s Combat Eskrima in May 2003.
Currently Godan in Isshinryu and Nidan in Advincula’s Combat Largo Mano Eskrima, Richard continues to train and teach privately Tatsuo Shimabuku’s Isshinryu Karatedo and Kobudo and Advincula’s Combat Largo Mano Eskrima as taught by Sensei/Guru Advincula.