The Fundamentals of Goju-Ryu Karate

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For the first time, Gosei Yamaguchi details the basics of the most popular styles of Japanese karate. Containing more than 400 diagrams and photographs, this landmark volume introduces the concepts of the hard-soft system and show how to put them into practice. Gosei Yamaguchi is chief instructor of Goju-Kai Karate-Do, USA and the foremost authority on goju-ryu in the United States. He is son of the famed Cat Gogen Yamaguchi, founder of the International Goju-Kai.

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Norimi Gosei Yamaguchi is the eldest son of Gogen Yamaguchi, President of the International Karate-Do Goju-Kai. The elder Yamaguchi was teaching karate at Ritsumeikan, Kyoto, Japan when Gosei was born on June 29, 1935, and Gosei began his study of goju karate from his father before he was five years old. When Gosei entered Takushoku University to major in commerce and Russian, he decided to broaden his knowledge of karate by studying another style, and joined the Shotokan Karate Club and trained under Masataka Nakayama along with Hirokazu Kanazawa, Masataka Mori, Yutaka Yaguchi, and Tetsuhiko Asai. They are all now well known Shotokan Karate masters.

After two years at Takushoku, Gosei Yamaguchi transfered to Meiji Gakuin University from which he received a B.A. degree in English Literature in 1956. After more than 60 years of studying goju karate he has achieved the level of ninth dan, with a teaching grade of Hanshi. When Gosei came to the United States in 1964, he assumed direction of the National Goju-Kai Karate-Do activity headquarters in San Francisco. He also has taught karate at San Francisco State University as a part of the Kinesiology curriculum since 1967.

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