The American-Te Goju Ryu Martial Arts System, utilizes Goju as its foundation incorporating a wide variety of techniques from Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido, Karate-Do, Dong Soo Do, Kempo, Kung-fu and Kobudo.
The late Grand Master Ronald M. Taganashi was a highly skilled technician who studied martial arts for 40 years and dedicated himself to teaching for 30 years. He was a 9th Degree Black Belt in American-Te Goju-Ryu martial arts.
Among his many achievements, Master Taganashi began formal martial arts training at the age of six with Kim Son Ree, 7th Degree Black Belt in Dong Soo Do Karate, where he achieved a 3rd Degree Black Belt. He also was a 5th Degree Black Belt in Goju-Ryu Karate and was co-founder of the Nisei Goju-Ryu system.
Additionally, Master Taganashi studied styles from Korea, Japan, Okinawa and China, mastering weapons in all of them.
Master Taganashi founded the North American Heaven and Earth Society, which encourages students to learn about themselves, their spiritual beliefs and their art. He also developed the American-Te Goju-Ryu martial arts system. American-Te is intended for practical use. It is his interpretation of martial arts for the 21st Century.
Master Taganashi taught his students that “Caring is the key and nothing is impossible to the willing mind.”
His system of teaching continues through the dedication and commitment of his instructors and his successor Shihan Edwin Cabrera at Master Taganashi’s Martial Arts Institute.
THE SPIRIT LIVES ON!
Shihan Edwin Cabrera M.S.
Shichidan 7th Degree Black Belt
Chōjun Miyagi, April 25th, 1888 to October 8th, 1953, travelled to Fukien Province in China as his teacher had done before him. In China he studied the Shaolin and Pa Kua forms of Chinese boxing. From the blending of these systems, the hard linear/external form of Shaolin, the soft circular/internal form of Pa Kua, and his native Naha-Te, a new system emerged. However, it was not until 1929 that Chojun Miyagi named the system Goju-ryu, meaning hard-soft style.
Gogen Yamaguchi the legendary and colorful early 20th century karate master who founded Japanese Goju-Ryu(剛柔流 gōjū ryū) (Japanese for "Hard-soft style")
Peter Urban, one of Yamaguchi's American students, helped introduce goju-ryu into the United States, but later broke away to found his own American Goju-Ryu Association.
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