Japan 2022 2-10 October
This tour was epic in so many ways.
The largest amount of students graded to Shodan in Japan by Gogen Yamaguchi Kaiso’s official group, lead by his son Goshi Yamaguchi Saiko Shihan. 46 students that have been taught and nurtured in the true way of authentic Goju Kai karate since the ages of 4 and 5 graded and passed to Shodan.
The ages of the students were between 12 and 17 years of age and were graded by Saiko Shihan Yamaguchi, Peter Brandon Hanshi and Masatoshi Yamaguchi Shihan.
Another milestone was that Frank Brandon Shihan and Craig Kansley Shihan both graded to Nanadan(7th Dan) on this tour.
Both Frank and Craig Shihan graded to Shodan exactly 40 years ago in 1982 under the watchful eye of Gogen Yamaguchi (The Cat)along side their instructor Peter Brandon Hanshi which obtained his Godan and in the same month exactly 40 years after that Frank Brandon Shihan’s son Benjamin Brandon obtained his Shodan under Gogen Yamaguchi Kaiso’s son Saiko Shihan Yamaguchi on the same day as Frank Brandon Shihan graded to his 7th dan.
This is true legacy and shows the loyalty and honour of a true bloodline of authentic karate lineage.
Craig Shihan’s son Andrew Kansley is also a Shodan and will be attempting his Nidan this year.
We thank our Hanshi, Peter Brandon for his unwavering loyalty to our founders legacy.