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Jundokan (place to follow the way) is the name of the Dojo of the late Ei’ichi Miyazato Sensei. It is located in the Asato District, Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.  

Ei’ichi Miyazato Sensei, 10th Dan, Hanshi, started training Karate under Goju-Ryu Karate-Do founder Chojun Miyagi Sensei in 1938. He was a dedicated student of Miyagi Sensei and continued his study of Karate under him until Miyagi Sensei’s death in 1953. After the passing of Miyagi Sensei, Miyazato Sensei succeeded Miyagi Sensei as head of Miyagi Sensei’s Dojo, the famous Garden Dojo, which was located at Miyagi Sensei’s house. He took on the responsibility of teaching the students and also inherited the Hojo Undo Kigu (supplementary exercises equipment) and the Busaganashi statue.  This was the birth of the Jundokan lineage of Goju-Ryu.

In 1957 Miyazato Sensei moved the Dojo, students, the Hojo Undo equipment, and the Busaganashi statue from Miyagi Sensei’s house to a Dojo he built in the Asato District of Naha City.  He named his Dojo “Jundokan”. The Dojo itself is a wonderful facility with a beautiful Dojo Shomen containing the Busaganashi statue, a large wood floor training area, Hojo Undo equipment (Makiwara, Chi’ishi, Tan, Nigiri Game, Ishi Sahi, Kongo Ken, Sashi Ishi, etc.), change rooms, showers etc.

Due to Miyazato Sensei’s hard work and commitment to Goju-Ryu Karate-Do, the Jundokan Dojo eventually became world famous attracting students of Goju-Ryu from all parts of the globe. As a result, Miyazato Sensei would eventually form the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai (association) which eventually became the biggest international organization of Goju-Ryu Karate-Do around the world with many branch Dojos internationally. From 1969, Miyazato Sensei served as Chairman of the association with the Jundokan Dojo as Honbu (head) Dojo.

Miyazato Sensei trained and instructed Goju-Ryu Karate-Do until he passed away on December 11th, 1999 . He was succeeded by Koshin Iha Sensei.  

Koshin Iha Sensei, 10th Dan, Hanshi, started training Karate under Chojun Miyagi Sensei in 1939. He studied Karate under Miyagi Sensei until Miyagi Sensei’s death in 1953. After Miyagi Sensei’s passing he became the assistant to Miyazato Sensei at the Garden Dojo. In 1957 he continued as Miyazato Sensei’s assistant at the Jundokan Dojo. In 1969 he was appointed as Vic-President of the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai. In 1999, after the death of Miyazato Sensei he succeeded Miyazato Sensei as head of the Jundokan Dojo and the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai.  

With the passing of Miyazato Sensei, there was a restructuring of the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai. Koshin Iha Sensei became Chairman of the association with Tetsunoske Yasuda Sensei, Yoshio Hichiya Sensei and Nanko Minei Sensei as Co-Vice Chairman. Koei Teruya Sensei became Jundokan Dojo Director. During this time, due to the efforts of Iha Sensei, Hichiya Sensei, and others, the Jundokan Dojo and the Kyokai became involved with the Japanese Goju-Kai, thus making the Jundokan Dojo, in essence, a branch Dojo of the Goju-Kai.

Due to the Association's involvement with the Goju-Kai there was eventually pressure on the Jundokan Dojo to adapt to the Goju-Kai versions of the Goju-Ryu Kata. This meant changing the Kata from the original versions which were passed down by Chojun Miyagi Sensei and were taught at the Jundokan Dojo by Ei’ichi Miyazato Sensei. The pressure to change the Kata and the Jundokan Dojos involvement with the Goju-Kai started to create a division between the students of Miyazato Sensei who did not wish to change the Kata and be involved with the Goju-Kai and the people who wanted to be more involved with the Goju-Kai.

In April 2004, Iha Sensei announced his retirement from active teaching of Goju-Ryu Karate-Do and as Chairman of the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai. On April 29th, Yoshio Hachiya Sensei became President of the Kyokai with Nanko Minei Sensei, Ryosei Arakaki Sensei and Koei Teruya Sensei as Vice-Presidents. As a result, on June 23rd, 2004 , the Jundokan Dojo, under the leadership of Yoshihro Miyazato Sensei and Tetsunosuke Yasuda Sensei, resigned the Jundokan Dojo from the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai. With the Jundokan Dojo’s departure from the Kyokai, the Honbu Dojo of the Kyokai was moved from the Jundokan Dojo to the Hichiya Dojo. This also ended the Jundokan Dojo’s involvement with the Goju-Kai.  

 

With the Jundokan Dojos departure from the Kyokai came a restructuring of the Dojo’s leadership and the development of the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do So Honbu, Jundokan. Yoshihro Miyazato Sensei was appointed as Chairman of the Association with Tetsunosuke Yasuda Sensei, 10th Dan, Hanshi as Chief of Shihan.

 

Burlington Karate & Kobudo under Sensei Caseo - Burlington, was until June, 2004, an official Branch Dojo of the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai. Sensei Savoy , being a member of the Jundokan Dojo in Okinawa and being loyal to the teachings of Ei’ichi Miyazato Sensei and his current Sensei Tetunosuke Yasuda Sensei, retained membership with the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do So Honbu, Jundokan. At present, Burlington Karate and Kobudo is an official Branch Dojo of the Jundokan.

 
 

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