All African Hombu Dojo

Peter Brandon Hanshi and Frank Brandon Shihan
Peter Brandon Hanshi and Frank Brandon Shihan

The All Africa Karate-Do Goju Kai Hombu Dojo was opened in April 1982 by Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi, son of karate legend Kaiso Gogen Yamaguchi (the Cat) and Peter Brandon Hanshi.

These two men went on to be all they could be in the world of Goju Kai Karate. Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamauchi became the President of the International Karate-Do Goju Kai Association (the position his late father bestowed on him) and Peter Brandon Hanshi was made the President of Goju Kai for the African Continent as well as the Vice-President of the IKGA.

Serving as the Hombu Dojo for Goju Kai throughout Africa, it is also the Hombu Dojo for Goju Kai throughout South Africa and for Goju Kai in the Western Province of South Africa. This dojo has produced more world champions than any other dojo in Africa and has seen over 200 black belts pass through its doors with one student, Shihan Trevor Norval, going on to become president of Goju Kai Namibia. Through his hard work and dedication he has produced outstanding students including Shihan Leonard Martin the current chief instructor for Namibia.

Built in 1903 the dojo is over 100 years old. It has had only two functions since it was originally built – It began as the first Hindu Temple in Cape Town before being sold to Goju Kai and Peter Brandon Hanshi because of the apartheid system and group areas act. Little did the government know, Goju Kai was teaching in the townships from 1968 and that Peter Brandon Hanshi was secretly teaching South Africans of all colours and creeds.

Peter Brandon Hanshi, 8th Dan, is assisted by his son Frank Brandon Shihan, 6th Dan in teaching 120 students from the ages 4 to 60 years old. The feeder system in the organization is amazing: white belts train together, once they have passed they join the yellow, orange, green and blue belts. After grading to purple they begin training with brown belts. Once they have graduated to Shodan (black belt) in Japan they train in the Shodan class. After this, the Nidan (2nd Dan) and above train together.

The Hombu Dojo has 5 generations of karateka that remain loyal Goju Kai members.

 

Dojo Head: Frank Brandon Shihan  
Address: 2 Mount Street, Mowbray, Cape Town
Tel: 021 689 3855
Cell: 083 290 7327
Email: info@gojukai.co.za

 

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