Sensei Idriys Eyssallenne has lived his entire life in pursuit of Martial Arts excellence. Thanks to the early influence of his father, Antony Eyssallenne—a fifth-degree black belt and chief instructor of the Spring Valley New York dojo—one could say Idriys was quite literally born for Karate.
Earning his black belt in 1990 from Grandmaster Shigeru Oyama, he soon began competing in semi-knockdown championships. At only 15 years of age, he had defeated all opponents in his weight class, deeming him the de facto champion. Once he turned 17, he went to live with the legendary Grandmaster as an “uchi deshi” or “live-in student” where he trained day and night, soon entering into full-contact, bare-knuckle, no-protection knockdown Karate tournaments.
In his debut bout, Idriys became the national champion, defeating opponents from all over the world, including Japan. He soon became known as the internationally undefeated World Oyama Karate knockdown champion for the years 1993 to 2001. He fought in the middleweight division for a few years, then challenged the heavyweight fighters—while still a middleweight—beating every heavyweight opponent who faced him. He continued to win knockdown championships in the United States, Canada and in Europe.
Idriys has been featured in several newspaper articles and Japanese Karate magazines and even on “Good Morning America.” He is currently teaching children and adult classes Wednesday’s & Saturday’s at East Village Martial Arts.