Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:
Gogen Yamaguchi
January 20, 1909 - May 20, 1989

Gogen Yamaguchi was born on January 20, 1909, in Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. While attending law school at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, he and others formed a Karate club and invited Chojun Miyagi (1888 - 1953) (the founder of the Goju-Ryu form of Karate) to visit. See Chojun Miyagi's 1934 Visit to Hawaii. This was around 1931. Yamaguchi became Miyagi's student and eventually formed an organization known as the Goju-Kai.

In 1959, Masaichi Oshiro visited Japan for one year, where he studied Goju-Ryu under Yamaguchi. Although he was already in his 30s, Oshiro trained relentlessly with high school and college students many years his junior. He then went to Okinawa for six months, where he trained with Yagi Meitoku. Upon his return to Hawaii, Oshiro Sensei taught Goju-Ryu to his students at the Te-Ken Jutsu Kai dojo.

In 1962, Pat Nakata studied briefly under Yamaguchi during a visit to Japan.

Oshiro and his dojo sponsored two visits to Hawaii by Yamaguchi. The first was in October 1966. An Exhibition and Tournament was held on October 8th at the McKinley High School auditorium. The second visit was in November 1969. The 1969 Goju-Kai Karate-Championships were held at the Civic Auditorium on November 1st.

For more detailed information about Gogen Yamaguchi, please see: The Life Story of Karate Master Gogen Yamaguchi, by Graham Noble.

Books by Yamaguchi:

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