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Japan Cultural Exchange

Upcoming Cultural Exchange Dates:

29 June - 8 July 2024 

21 September - 28 September 2024

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.

japan 2-10 October 2022

Japan 2012

Cultural exchanges to Japan give all students the unique opportunity to live and train in Japan, the home of Goju Kai Karate in the world.  These exchange tours have a life changing effect on all students.  Students get to train with our President Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi and grade under a panel made up of the most senior karateka in the world.  This accomplishment will install enormous self-confidence and will be an achievement that will stay with students for the rest of their lives.

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Japan 2016 


Japan 2018 - Juniors


Japan 2018 - Seniors


Japan 2019

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