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Chojun Miyagi

Miyagi Kensei

(1888-1953)

Chojun Miyagi Kensei was born in Naha, Okinawa, on April 25 1888. He began his study of karate-do around the age of 10. During his early teens he began a very demanding training regime under the instruction of Master Kanryo Higashionna.

After Master Higashionna's death, Miyagi Kensei travelled to the Fukien Province in China and studied the hard and external forms of Shaolin along with the softer internal forms of Pa Kua. To these systems of Chinese Boxing he added his native Naha-te and thus created a new system, now known as Goju-ryu.

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Gogen Yamaguchi - 10th Dan GrandMaster

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(1909 - 1989)

Gogen Yamaguchi was born on January 20, 1909, Kagoshima City on Southern Kyushu. As a young boy he showed interest in the martial arts and studied kendo (Japanese fencing). Around this time Yamaguchi began his karate training under the instruction of Mr. Murata, a carpenter from Okinawa who was drawn to the young Yamaguchi's serious attitude and willingness to train hard.

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Goshi Yamaguchi - 8th Dan Saiko Shihan

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(1942 – present)

Goshi Yamaguchi, Saiko Shihan was born in Shinjing, Manchuria on September 28, 1942. He is the third son of Kaiso (Founder) Gogen Yamaguchi.

In 1951, at the age of 8, he began practicing karate-do at Senzoku Dojo in Asakusa. Six years later he received his 1st dan and in 1959 he earned his 2nd dan. Yamaguchi Saiko Shihan was made a 3rd dan, instructor in 1962.

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Brian Mackie - 7th Dan Kyoshi Shihan

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Australian Chief instructor and Director I.K.G.A Oceania, Brian is the Principal of the Karate Academy of Japan. Brian was taught and trained by Japan's top masters and was awarded his Master Instructor's Certificate (Shihan) and rank of 7th Dan Black Belt from Grandmaster Yamaguchi.

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