Goshi Yamaguchi - 8th Dan Saiko Shihan


(1942 – present)

Goshi Yamaguchi, Saiko Shihan was born in Shinjing, Manchuria on September 28, 1942. He is the third son of Kaiso (Founder) Gogen Yamaguchi.

In 1951, at the age of 8, he began practicing karate-do at Senzoku Dojo in Asakusa. Six years later he received his 1st dan and in 1959 he earned his 2nd dan. Yamaguchi Saiko Shihan was made a 3rd dan, instructor in 1962.

He entered Nihon University in 1963, majoring in Cinema Studies in the Arts Faculty. He travelled to the U.S.A whilst still a student, where hecontinued his studies as well as teaching karate for one year. 

Upon his return to Japan, he taught in various Goju-ryu schools, prior to his graduation from university in 1969. At this time he became a full-time Shihan at the Hombu (head) Dojo with a view to promoting and developing Goju-ryu Karate-do.

Yamaguchi Saiko Shihan has travelled to over 40 countries as an authorised instructor of J.K.G.A, I.K.G.A, J.K.F and W.K.F referee, in order to teach and develop karate-do.

In 1990 he was appointed as the president of J.K.G.A and I.K.G.A, and Saiko Shihan (Grand Master) of both associations.


Yamaguchi, Goshi, (1993). Goju-ryu Karate: A Visual Guide to Kumite Techniques. Japan.

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