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Sensei Miyagi (April 25, 1888—October 8, 1953):
Born in Naha, Okinawa and was the adopted son of a wealthy businessman, and began studying Karate-do at the age of 14. He was introduced to Naha-te by Master Kanryo Higashionna. After the death of Master Kanryo Higashionna in 1915, Miyagi travelled to China. In China he studied the Shaolin and Pa Kua forms of Chinese boxing. By combining the hard (Shaolin) and soft (Pa Kua), and is native Naha-Te, Sensei Miyagi developed a new system. In 1929, he named it “Goju-ryu”, or hard/soft style. Chōjun Miyagi returned to Naha where he opened a dojo. He taught for many years, gaining an enormous reputation as a karateka (karate practitioner).

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Dai Sensei Meitoku Yagi (March 6, 1912—Feb 7, 2003):
Dai Sensei Meitoku Yagi Meitoku Yagi to be the first and only person to learn all of the Gojyu-Ryu kata directly from Sensei Miyagi. He helped develop all the Meibukan Kata, Renzoku Kumite, Kakomi Kumite, Meibukan Bo, Meibukan Sai, Nihon Kumite, Renzoku and Kakomi forms. Eventually teaching and adding to Goju-Ryu.

History of Goju Ryu:

Okinawan Goju-Ryu is one of the 4 main styles of Okinawan karate. Goju-ryu features a combination of hard and soft techniques. Go which means hard, is a reference to closed hand techniques or straight linear attacks; Ju which means soft is a reference to open hand techniques and circular movements. It incorporates both circular and linear movements. Goju-ryu practices include body strengthening and conditioning and places major emphasis on correct breathing.

  • Sensei Cody Hawkes:
    Cody Hawkes has been a student of Sensei Meitatsu Yagi since 1994, and currently holds a Sandan, in Meibukan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do and a Nidan in Ryuku Kobudo Weapons. Sensei Hawkes has been training since the age of 6 and earned his first black belt at the age of 10. He has trained in both Canada and in Okinawa, Japan under Master Meitatsu Yagi. . Sensei Hawkes began teaching at the Dojo in 2005, and after graduation his passion for sharing martial arts became so strong that in 2008 he purchased the dojo, and in 2009 he founded Hawkes Martial Arts. Sensei Hawkes has been competing in sport and traditional Karate tournaments since the age of 8, most recently at the Hawaii State Championships and the Ontario Open.

  • Leaders:
    Our leaders have not only committed themselves to train to the rank of Black Belt and beyond, they have also committed themselves to being leaders, not only in our school, but in life. These students are working to share the benefits of martial arts training, by being leaders for others to follow and setting a standard of "Black Belt Leadership Excellence" in all that they do in life. Our Leaders are proactive, goal setters, and present themselves as leaders, guiding and mentoring others. They assist in classes’ classes to gain experience leading others and being a mentor to lower ranking students.

Karate and Okinawa:

One of Japan’s southern prefectures, the Okinawan Prefecture consists of hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over 1,000 km long. Okinawa's capital, Naha, is located in the southern part of the largest and most populous island, Okinawa Island. Karate originated in Okinawa and began as the common fighting system, te, among the warrior class in Okinawa. After trade was established with the Ming dynasty, some forms of Chinese martial arts were introduced to the Ryukyu Islands by the visitors from China. The political centralization of Okinawa and the banning of weapons enforced in Okinawa were factors that furthered the development of unarmed combat techniques in Okinawa.

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