President – Goshi Yamaguchi

President – Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi

President of Japan Karate-do Goju Kai Association

President of International Karate-do Goju Kai Association

Until his death in 1989, Kaiso Gogen Yamaguchi lived as a true warrior. Gojukai is fortunate to still experience his ancient techniques and traditions through his son our president, Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi. Groomed to become one of the greatest Masters of Karate ever to come out of Japan. Goshi Yamaguchi has rapidly spread Gojukai Worldwide reaching every continent on the planet by bringing the idea of his father’s dream of peace amongst all Goju Karateka to reality.

On taking up the leadership reigns from his father, Goshi Yamaguchi has set about unifying Gojukai Worldwide by appointing 4 Vice-Presidents from each continent. In Europe he appointed Ingo de Jong, Paul Starling from Oceania, Hiromasa Kikuchi from Asia, and our very own Peter Brandon for Africa.

Message from Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi

“I would like to congratulate South Africa and take pleasure in extending heartfelt appreciation toward Peter Brandon Hanshi on his 25th year as president of IKGA South Africa.”

I have always had respect for Peter Brandon Hanshi who is responsible for the promotion and building of a large and successful following on the African Continent.

Peter Brandon Shihan is not only a president of Africa but also IKGA Block director of Africa, who always helps the President of the IKGA and devotes himself to our organization for higher fulfillment. Nowadays, Karate has become popular; there are no boundaries for practicing Karate. Many Karate events such as tournaments, seminars and demonstrations are being held every day around the world.

Since 1990 when I became the president of IKGA, we have held six World Championships plus International Seminars. At every event held, Brandon Shihan has always been present, bringing many other members with him who have contributed to the success of the events. I always think without Brandon Shihan’s dedication, such events may not have been the success they were.

I, with my students, have always participated in the South African Seminar that is regularly held. These kind of seminars help build communication between our two countries and forge a deep friendship.

I wish all the Senior Instructors and students of South Africa the best with their journey through Goju Kai karate, and thank Brandon Shihan for nearly four decades of loyalty and devotion to IKGA as a president of IKGA Africa.

Thinking of all members in Africa,

Goshi Yamaguchi


Founder – Gogen Yamaguchi

Gogen Yamaguchi, our founder and legend was born on 20th January 1909 in Kagushima, Japan. He was a descendant of the Samurai and one of the most complex figures to ever grace the World Karate stage.

As the chosen successor by Master Miyagi in 1953, Gogen Yamaguchi set about uniting Goju as one organisation, Gojukai., The martial arts fraternity in Japan bestowed upon him the honour of Grand Master, 10th Dan Hanshi and is therefore referred to as Kaiso, ‘Our Founder’.

His first Karate Dojo was established in Western Japan in 1930. Under his powerful leadership the Gojukai Karate system began to spread rapidly across the island nation. Gogen Yamaguchi was to radically alter the course of Karate. He wanted to allow greater freedom of movement and the idea that was born, was Kumite which is the Japanese term for ‘freestyle sparring’. This was developed into what we recognise as tournament Karate. In 1930, Gogen Yamaguchi succeeded in his efforts to have Karate admitted into Budokan, the official Government headquarters for Japanese Martial Arts.

After the Second World War, where he earned the title of ‘The Cat’, Gogen Yamaguchi returned to Japan after being held as a prisoner of war.

“I shall be happy if you understand that the essence of the Martial Arts is not the strength, not the art, but that which is hidden deep within yourself.”

He found his school had become badly disorganised in his absence, but with strength, honour and dignity he began to rebuild it according to the ancient ways. By doing this Gogen Yamaguchi re-affirmed his faith in the country’s basic traditions inherited from the Samurai. As a deeply spiritual man, Gogen Yamaguchi realised that Martial Arts required much sacrifice, effort and discipline and he would go into the mountains once a month to toughen himself spiritually and physically, using the powerful technique of Ibuki breathing. He stood for several hours under icy waterfalls to make his mind and spirit impenetrable to adverse physical conditions. Every year during the coldest part of winter Gogen Yamaguchi set off for two weeks of gruelling training in the snow-clad mountains. Every day he performed Kata Sanchin and Tensho under the thunderous waterfall of Mount Kuruma. At the end of his daily waterfall training session he ran barefoot up the hill to the Ontake Shrine to meditate.

Until his death in 1989, Kaiso Gogen Yamaguchi lived as a true warrior and IKGA Africa is fortunate to still experience his ancient techniques and traditions through his son,our president, Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi.

IKGA is the only organization with a direct bloodline to Gogen Yamaguchi.

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