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Masaaki Ikemiyagi was born in Nago-Shi, Okinawa, on December 23, 1953. He began his training under Dai Sensei Yagi at the age of 15 in 1968. He has remained a loyal and dedicated student of Dai Sensei Yagi ever since.

Ikemiyagi Sensei has been Kancho (master) of his own Meibukan Dojo in Okinawa since 1981. Endeavouring continuously to improve his martial arts, he has travelled to China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hawaii, Brazil, Australia, and the United States to train and conduct comparative research in various martial arts systems. Some of the systems that he has studied are other forms of karate, judo, boxing, capoeira, and various forms of gung fu.

Today he is Kancho of the Meibukan Goju-Ryu, Okinawa Dojo in Okinawa-Shi, and holds the rank of 9th Dan Hanshi. He is one of only a handful of Dai Sensei Yagi’s earlier students who still actively teaches. He has served as the Riji-Cho (Director General) of both the Zen Okinawa Karate-Do Renmei and the Okinawa Goju-Kai.

Ikemiyagi Sensei has produced many fine students that help to propagate Meibukan Goju-Ryu in very positive ways all over the world. Under the Okinawa Dojo, he has branch dojo operating in Australia, America, Indonesia, and here in Okinawa. One of his students, Ikemiyagi Shuichi Sensei, serves as the secretary of operations for the . In addition to teaching at the Okinawa Dojo, Ikemiyagi Sensei travels to schools world-wide to conduct seminars and share his knowledge and experience with other martial artists.

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Master Masaaki Ikemiyagi

We in the Okinawa Dojo have a rare and enviable opportunity to learn from such an accomplished teacher with this kind direct lineage to the great masters of the past. Through his teachings and guidance, we learn pure Goju-Ryu (a precious find in the modern world of martial arts), it is our responsibility to train sincerely, behave as gentlemen of good character and integrity, and remain humble always.

Ikemiyagi Sensei teaches us the ways of Meibukan Goju-Ryu as he learned them from his master, Dai Sensei Yagi. He asks for nothing in return except that we train as hard as we can to become strong, while always remembering that having a kind heart shows a person’s true strength.

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