Gogen “The Cat” Yamaguchi – “Emperor of the Scarlett Fist”

Gōgen Yamaguchi, was a Japanese martial artist and student of Gōjū-ryū Karate under Chōjun Miyagi. One of the most well-known Karate-dō masters from Japan, he founded the International Karate-dōGōjū Kai Association. In 1968, he was decorated by the Emperor of Japan with the Ranjū-Hōshō, the Blue Ribbon Medal of the fifth order of merit, for […]

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Peter Urban, America’s first tenth Dan

Peter George Urban was an American martial artist. He is considered the father of the Karate styles American Gōjū-ryū and U.S.A. Gōjū-ryū. Urban was one of only a small number of white students under Gōgen Yamaguchi. Controversially, he created an American Style of Gōjū-ryū without the permission of Yamaguchi. Urban joined the United States Navy […]

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