Get to know who will be teaching you! Below is a list of the 2012 Budosai main, assistant, junior and guest instructors. As you will see the Budosai is set to be extra special with so many of the world’s greatest instructors all together at the same event...
SENSEI MORIO HIGAONNA – 10th DAN – Okinawa
Sensei Morio Higaonna – Goju-ryu 10th Dan is the Karate-ka officially recoginised by the last remaining disciples of Chojun Miyagi Sensei as the founders heir. Having devoted his entire life to instruction, preservation and historical research of Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do there is no other with as much knowledge as Higaonna Sensei. Chief Instructor of IOGKF International, an organisation founded in 1979 after the demand for his teachings climbed worldwide, he is responsible for spreading Goju-ryu to most of the World.
Sensei Bakkies Laubscher – 8th Dan – South Africa
Sensei Bakkies Laubscher – IOGKF 8th Dan has been practicing Karate for over 45 years. He has a university degree in physical education and has an impressive military career of over 30 years. His following of Higaonna Sensei pre-dates the IOGKF and Sensei Bakkies spent time training at the famous Yoyogi Dojo in the 1970’s. Today he is technical advisor to the International organisation and is chief instructor of IOGKF South Africa.
Sensei Kazuo Terauchi – 8th Dan – Japan
Sensei Kazuo Terauchi – IOGKF 8th Dan has long been famous for his hard training methods and great sense of humour. Having trained with Higaonna Sensei at Yoyogi Dojo and following his teacher to Okinawa, Terauchi Sensei is now a technical advisor to the International organisation. Based in Kiyose near Tokyo, his Dojo is famous for producing some incredible tough and talent students. His well conditioned body and immense knowledge, coupled with his unique teaching style make him one of IOGKF International’s most in demand and popular instructors.
Sensei Takashi Masuyama – 7th Dan – Sweeden
Sensei Takashi Masuyama – 7th Dan is the most senior IOGKF member in Europe. Based in Sweden Masuyama Sensei ......
Sensei George Andrews – 7th Dan – England
Sensei George Andrews – IOGKF 7th Dan has been involved in the fighting arts since 1960. He first began Karate in 1965 and started practicing Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate-do in 1973. In 1985 he spent time in Japan where he was training with Higaonna Sensei daily. He has also spent a great deal of time teaching abroad and travels internationally regularly to spread Goju-ryu Karate-do.
Sensei Ernie Molyneux – 7th Dan – England
Sensei Ernie Molynuex – IOGKF 7th Dan is one of Europe’s most popular Goju-ryu Instructors. He began his formal Karate training in 1972 and has followed Higaonna Sensei since before the IOGKF’s beginnings. He is an IOGKF and European tournament champion and is on the executive committee for IOGKF International, which is responsible for keeping the world Federation structured and organised.
Sensei Luis Nunes – IOGKF 7th Dan - Spain
Sensei Luis Nunes – IOGKF 7th began his training in his high school years training up to seven hours per day on during the school week. Sensei Luis’ dedications quickly lead him to Higaonna Sensei in 1978. He trained hard and undertook his black belt in 1980. Today he is chief Instructor of IOGKF Spain and a popular International guest across Europe.
Sensei Jorge Monterio – 7th Dan – Portugal
Sensei Jorge Monterio – IOGKF 7th Dan, began his Karate training in 1974 and began practicing Goju-ryu Karate-do in 1977 when he first met Higaonna Sensei in Porto, Portugal. In 1988 Higaonna Sensei promoted him to Chief Instructor of IOGKF Portugal a position he still firmly holds today and Sensei Jorge has a large and devoted following of students.
Sensei Henrik Larsen – 7th Dan – Denmark
Sensei Henrik Larsen – 7th Dan began his Karate training in 1975. He has worked his way through the ranks to become a Goju-ryu 7th Dan. He was appointed to chief instructor for Denmark in 1986 by Higaonna and in 1994 was appointed to the IOGKF executive committee making him its longest standing member. He has a enormous following in Denmark and played host to the largest European Gasshuku in IOGKF history with over one thousand people in attendance.
Sensei Katsuya Yamashiro – 7th Dan – Okinawa
Sensei Katsuya Yamashiro – IOGKF 7th Dan is World Chairman of IOGKF International. He is a former IOGKF World Champion and has spent many years training under Higaonna Sensei at the IOGKF Honbu Dojo. His pleasant nature and very informative teaching style has fast made him of IOGKF International’s most popular guest instructors.
Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura – 6th Dan – Canada
Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura – 6th Dan is Vice-Chief Instructor of IOGKF International. He was introduced to Goju-ryu Karate-do by Shuichi Aragaki Sensei who recommended him as a student of Higaonna Sensei. Nakamura Sensei has followed Higaonna Sensei to Okinawa, Japan and the United States to learn our master. He is currently travelling to teach more International Gasshuku’s than any other IOGKF senior Instructor. He now lives in Burlington, Canada where his Shudokan Dojo has over 120 students. He is also an IOGKF World Champion in Kata & Kumite.
Sensei Masukazu Kuramoto – 6th Dan – Okinawa
Sensei Masukazu Kuramoto – 6th Dan has been a long time student of Higaonna Sensei and trained at Yoyogi Dojo in the 1970’s. He is current Head assistant instructor to Higaonna Sensei and the IOGKF Honbu Dojo in Okinawa. He is well known for his kindness & generosity to visitors to Okinawa and is teaching regularly at overseas Gasshuku.
Sensei Pervez Mistry – 7th Dan – India
Sensei Roy Flatt – 7th Dan – England
Sensei Linda Marchant – 6th Dan – England
Sensei Yonekazu Uehara – 6th Dan – Okinawa
JUNIOR CLASS INSTRUCTOR:
David Lambert – 2nd Dan – Australia
Lin Yuandun – White Crane – China
Zhang Xiao Feng - Five Ancestors – China
Hung Ting Seng – Canada
Li YiDuan – Chinese Fuzhou Karate-Do Association honourable president.