50th Anniversary of International and All Japan Karatedo Goju Kai

   Goshi Yamaguchi, President.    A Message to All Members
This year is the 50th anniversary of establishment of Japan Karatedo Goju-kai that was founded in 1950. I heard that many Sensei especially former President Gogen Yamaguchi Sensei established Goju-kai wishing for revitalization of postwar Japan. Our predecessors established Goju-kai with great happiness because of realizing their hopes and long-time dream even in a turbulent society of Showa era I believe that not to mention the Japanese prosperity, the remarkable achievement for the past 50 years could be attributed to Japanese people's endeavor.

Members of Goju-kai have been working every single day to spread Goju-ryu Karate and to raise the young people through Karate practice with indomitable spirit. I hope that we want to pledge to unite under the banner of the saying "Learn a lesson from the past" to aim at more enrichment and development of Goju-kai.

We need to successfully hold our national cup on August 20 and a memorial ceremony on November 23 because all events in this year are hold as 50th anniversary's commemorative events. I am planning that an international seminar held after the memorial ceremony is aimed at exchanging opinions on our future and Karatedo for body and mind without regarding each participant's nationality.

It is undeniable for us to improve ourselves in order to fulfill our expectation for 21st century. We need to know the respect of human life and reconsider the statement of each of us mind. People in the world should become one to nurture a next generation. I hope that we raise the status of Karatedo and build a new Goju-kai.

On this time, we welcome Kozo Watanabe Sensei, the vice chairman of the House of Representatives as our honorary president with the recommendation from the supreme adviser Setsuo Sakai. The honorary president at the establishment of Goju-kai was Chojun Miyagi Sensei, the founder of Goju-ryu. The 2nd honorary president was Heiin no Miya. On this time, at the turning point of year 2000, we are honored that we could welcome an excellent honorary president. I am deeply glad for cooperation and effort of all the members and those concerned to hold the events in this year.


Hiromasa Kikuchi, Chief of Executive Committee

It is very significant and memorial year to Japan Karatedo Goju-kai to welcome its 50th anniversary of establishment.Gogen Yamaguchi Sensei who is the founder of Goju-kai, met dramatically Chojun Miyagi Sensei who is the founder of Goju-ryu, and was taught directly from Miyagi Sensei. Later, Yamaguchi Sensei took the responsibility on propagation and development of Goju-ryu in main land and established Japan Karatedo Goju-kai in 1950 through his attractive instruction.

As you know, Gogen Sensei spread the attractiveness of Goju-ryu to all over the world and persistently dedicated his long life to the development of Goju-ryu Karatedo.All of us have worked for development of Goju-kai under new president Goshi Yamaguchi with taking over the will. We have more than 200,000 members in 50 countries in the world thanks to all of your assistance.

In this year, we decided to hold several events such as annual national cup (August 20), memorial ceremony (November 23) and international seminar and releasing the memorial book, so the executive committee already started preparation.It is our task that we hold these memorial events successfully to worship deceased Gogen Yamaguchi Sensei and start 21st century with fresh feeling. We are sorry that we ask sharing responsibilities from executives and members even in this lingering recession, and I, as a chief of executive committee, appreciate your understanding our situation and your help.