Chojun Miyagi ---- Founder of Goju Karate

He blended the strong snap techniques of the Okinawan style with the dynamic and free technique of the soft Chinese Kempo. It was thus that the beginning of the highly distinctive Gojuryu Karate system was evolved:
Go = HARD
Ju = SOFT

Gogen Yamaguchi --- 10th Dan Patriarch of Gojuryu.

The primary disciple of Miyagi. Referred to as THE CAT because of his catlike movements and long flowing hair.

Peter Urban

While living for a period in Japan became a disciple of Richard Kim who introduced him as a pupil to Gogen Yamaguchi. He achieved his master's degree(Fifth Degree Black Belt) in Tokyo. Peter Urban is the original propagator of the GOJU style of karate in the United States.

Major Leon Wallace

A disciple of Peter Urban, he became a Pupil of Urban at the age of 35 and studied at his Chinatown Dojo In New York City. Among his many accomplishments were, becoming The East Coast Regional Grand Champion at age 47, published in Various Karate magazines and competing with the likes of Chuck Norris, and also achieved his master's degree. Referred to as The Flying Eagle because of his airborne techniques.

Sam McGee

The primary disciple of Major Leon Wallace who Introduced the GOJU style of karate in Harlem, U. S. A. After many years as a pupil he opened a Dojo In Harlem, U. S. A. and founded Harlem GOJU. Sensei McGee was known by all his competitors as a fierce and ferocious fighter. He has won many, many grand championships in both form and fighting and also achieved his master's degree. Referred to as The Crocodile for his many sweeping and dumping techniques.

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