The History of Goju Ryu Karate

The Goju karate style was originally developed in the early 20th century by its founder Master Chojun Miyagi (1887-1953). He combined the hard Chinese style of Shao Lin Chuan and the soft Chinese style of Pa Kua Chang with the Okinawan style of Naha-te.

The leadership of Goju was inherited by Master Gogen Yamaguchi upon Miyagi-Sensei's death in 1953. Master Yamaguchi (1909-1989) was the Tenth Dan Red Belt Patriarch of Gojuryu Karate until his passing a few short years ago.

Goju was first introduced to the Eastern United States by Sensei Peter Urban in the mid 1950's. The popularity and success of karate in the Northeast is largely attributable to Sensei Urban. Two of his foremost students, Frank Ruiz and Harry Rosenstein, formed the Nisei Gojuryu karate organization in 1968. Nisei has since grown to become one of the strongest karate organizations in the Eastern United States.

In May 1973, Shihan Rosenstein left Nisei Gojuryu. On April 22, 1974, Kanzen Gojuryu Karatedo was founded under his leadership. This organization is separate and independent from all other Goju karate organizations in the United States and Japan; it promulgates the theories of Kanzen Gojuryu Karate.

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