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,