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Seikichi Toguchi

Tougchi in stance

Seikichi Toguchi was born on may 20th, 1917 in Naha, Okinawa. He studied with Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Goju Ryu, until his death in 1953.

He served with the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II as an electrical engineer. After the war, he returned to Okinawa and assisted in rebuilding his war-torn homeland.

In 1952, Sensei Miyagi named him Executive Director of the Goju Ryu Association. It was re-named the Goju-Kai Federation 2 years later and he became hte Vice-President of the organization.

In 1969, he was invited to be the Okinawan karate representative at the first world tournament held in Tokyo. He later formed the Shorei-Kan branch of Goju Ryu.

Toguchi in Meditation He passed away on Aug. 31, 1998. John Roseberry, Katsuyoshi Kanei, Masanobu Shinjo and Toshio Tamano were among his top students.