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Complete history and chronology of Goju Ryu

Goju Ryu



The philosophy of Goju-Ryu is one of balance and harmony. Not surprisingly, this is similar in fashion to that of Asian philosphy. As there is night, there is also day. As there is fire, there is also water. As there is dark, there is also light. The founder of our style, Grandmaster Chojun Miyagi, created Goju-Ryu by following similar precepts found in the Chinese martial arts. Go means to be hard or resilient, while Ju means to be soft or yielding. In this way, Goju-Ryu is the school of hard/soft. While this philosophy applies to the technical and physical aspects of Goju-Ryu, it is also the underlying feeling. In the study of Goju-Ryu, we hope to attain balance and harmony not only in our practice, but also in our mind, body, and spirit.



The Succession of Goju-Ryu
Jinan Shinzato, an exceptional talent and the one whom Chojun Miyagi had chosen as his successor, was tragically killed during the second world war. Later, after the war, Chojun Miyagi chose Anichi Miyagi Sensei to succeed him, to pass on Goju-Ryu to the next generation.
Chojun Miyagi passed away on October 8th, 1953, leaving a great legacy behind. He predicted that during the twentieth century karate would spread throughout the world. Today we can see that his prediction has been realized; karate is not only practiced in Japan, but it can be found throughout the countries of the world. Karate can no longer be referred to as a solely Okinawan or Japanese martial art, but it has become and art with no boundaries, an art for all nations and all the people of the world.
The Philosophy of Grandmaster Chojun Miyagi
The philosophy that permeates Goju-Ryu Karate-do, that is the very essence of this art, could be seen in its most practical way by simply observing the life of Chojun miyagi. Indeed, Chojun Miyagis life and the way he lived his life was a perfect expression of the spirit and philosophy of Goju-Ryu Karate- do.
After the extreme devastation of the second World War Okinawa was left in the grip of terrible poverty. Housing and food were scarce. The United States Military had stockpiles of food and clothing and even the most virtuous of Okinawans would take these from time to time. On occasions when Chojun Miyagi was offered food or clothing he would always refuse and point out that what little he already possessed was sufficient for his needs.
Chojun Miyagi would never compromise himself. Whatever hardships he encountered in his life, his heart (mind & spirit) would never change. He would always stress that especially in the martial arts one must always be humble. The stronger one becomes, the more that person should express their gentler side. This is the meaning of "Go" and "Ju".
Chojun Miyagi was a strict teacher of the martial arts but he showed great affection and love for his students. He would always consider the well being of his students, not only in their training but in their everyday lives as well. He would always try and guide them along the correct path.
The legacy of Chojun Miyagi is much more than just technique. He has left us with a philosophy which is profound in its simplicity; a philosophy to help us achieve truth and virtue in our lives.


Founder: Chojun Miyagi

Chronology

1/1/1866

 

At 22 Kanryo Higaonna travels to Foochoow, China, where he studies Chinese martial arts under Ryu Ryuko.

0/1/1882

 

At 22 Kanryo Higaonna travels to Foochoow, China, where he studies Chinese martial arts under Ryu Ryuko.

4/25/1888

 

Chojun Miyagi, founder of Goju Ryu, is born on April 25th.

0/1/1889

 

Mabuni Kenwa founder of Shito Ryu is born.

0/1/1896

 

Founder of Itokazu Goju Ryu, Yoshio Itokazu is born on October 2nd.

0/1/1898

 

Seiko Higa, founder of Shodokan Goju Ryu is born and becomes Chojun Miyagi's early successor, .

0//1900

 

Chojun Miyagi begins training with Aragaki Ryuko

0//1902

 

Chojun Miyagi is introduced to Kanryo Higaonna by Aragaki Ryoko Sensei and accepted as a student.

0//1903

 

Gichen Funakoshi

0/1/1908

 

Choboku Takamine is born on March 24th.

0//1909

 

Gogen Yamaguchi

1/1/1912

 

Meitoku Yagi, founder of Meibukan Goju Ryu and Chojun Miyagi's later successor, is born on March 6th.

0/1/1915

 

Kanryo Higaonna dies on December 23rd.

0/1/1922

 

Eiichi Miyazato, founder of Jundokan Goju Ryu, is born on July 5th.

0/1/1927

 

Seikichi Higa is born on February 10th.

0//1928

 

Chojun Miyagi travels to Japan and teaches karate at universities. Shito-Ryu is found by a student of Kanryo Higaonna, Kenwa Mabuni.

0//1929

 

Gogen Yamaguchi invites Chojun Miyagi to Japan.

0//1930

 

It is this year that Chojun Miyagi officially names his style "Goju Ryu",...

0//1931

 

Gogen Yamaguchi is introduced to Chojun Miyagi and begins training under him. An'ichi Miyagi is born on Feb. 9th.

1/1/1933

 

Goju-Ryu is officially registered with the Dai Nippon Butokukai as a ryu and Karate is recogized as an offficial martial art. Anthony Mirakian is born on November 12th.

0//1934

 

Chojun Miyagi lectures and teaches Karate in Hawaii.

0/1/1935

 

All Japan Goju-Kai Karate-Do Association founded by Gogen Yamaguchi...

0//1936

 

Chojun Miyagi receives a medal for "Excellence in the Martial Arts"...

0//1937

 

Chojun Miyagi, along with other stylists....

0//1938

 

Gichen Funakoshi's Karate is officially named Shotokan. Masanobu Shinjo...

0//1939

 

Gogen Yamaguchi is sent to Manchuria as an intelligence officer...

0//1940

 

Chojun Miyagi creates the katas Gekisai Dai Ichi and Gekisai Dai Ni.

0//1942

 

Morihei Ueshiba, master of Jujitsu and Aiki creates a new style called Aikido.

0//1943

 

Ron Van Clief, founder of the Chinese Goju System, is born on January 25.

0/1/1944

 

Meitatsu Yagi is born in June.

1/1/1945

 

Shinzato Jinan dies in April during the battle of Okinawa. Shinzato, along with Miyagi, was very instrumental in the coining the name

0//1946

 

Chojun Miyagi is made an official of the Okinawa Minsei Taiiku Kan (Okinawa Democratic Athletic Association).

0/1/1947

 

Gogen Yamaguchi is freed by the Russians and returns to Japan.

0/1/1950

 

Gogen Yamaguchi found the Karate-Do Goju-Kai in Tokyo.

1/1/1951

 

Gogen Yamaguchi receives Hanshi, tenth dan, from Miyagi.

1/1/1953

 

Chojun Miyagi dies on October 9th at the age of 65.

1/1/1955

 

Shikan Akimine (student of Kanki Izumikawa) opens the first Goju Ryu dojo in Brazil. Seikichi Toguchi forms the Shoreikan.

1/1/1957

 

Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Modern Karate, dies at the age of 88. Miyazato Eiichi established Jundokan Goju.

1/1/1959

 

Peter Urban introduces Japanese Goju Ryu to the United States.

1/1/1960

 

Anthony Mirakian brings Okinawan Meibukan Goju Ryu to the United States.

1/1/1961

 

1/1/1963

 

Meitoku Yagi receives Chojun Miyagi's karate gi and belt, becoming his official successor.

1/1/1964

 

Gosei Yamaguchi joins his brother Goshi in San Francisco. Gogen Yamaguchi helps form the All Japan Karate-Do Federation.

1/1/1965

 

1/1/1966

 

Peter Urban leaves Japanese Goju-Ryu and introduces USA Goju to the world. Seiko Higa dies.

1/1/1971

 

Ron Van Clief (a student of Peter Urban) forms his own system called Chinese Goju.

1/1/1974

 

Harry Rosenstein forms Kanzen Goju Ryu.

1/1/1979

 

Morio Higaonna leaves Miyazato Eiichi Sensei and forms the International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do Federation (IOGKF).

1/1/1987

 

Lou Angel forms Tenshi-Goju Kai, in Joplin, Mo.

1/1/1989

 

On May 20th. Grandmaster Gogen Yamaguchi dies at the age of 80.

1/1/1991

 

Masafumi Suzuki dies on October 11th.

1/1/1993

 

Masanobu Shinjo dies on October 15th.

1/1/1994

 

Shidoshi Ron Van Clief, age 51, competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championships.

1/1/1995

 

Frank Ruiz, founder of Nisei Goju Ry, dies on June 20 after a long illness.

1/1/1996

 

Ron Taganashi, co-founder of Nisei Goju Ryu dies.

1/1/1998

 

Seikichi Toguchi dies on Aug. 31st at the age of 81.

1/1/1999

 

Miyazato Eiichi Hanshi dies.

1/1/2001

 

Chinese Goju Headquarters is placed under the direction of Glen Perry, Soke, 8th dan.

1/1/2002

 

Ron Van Clief competes in S. Henry Cho's Open Invitational tournament and takes 1st place in kata and kumite.

 

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