Johnpaul Williams Sensei

Training group in Menlo Park with Seiwakai Karate Silicon Valley JKF Gojukan

About the Senior instructor Johnpaul Williams Shihan:

ウィリアムズ・ジョンポール 師範

Johnpaul Williams Sensei is originally from New York and now resides in Silicon Valley (San Francisco Bay Area) and holds three (3) advanced teachers (Sensei) licenses of “Renshi” and “Kyoshi” Shihan. Johnpaul has been the catalyst connecting Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō practitioners across the globe. His ventures have included, GōjūRyū.net, www.GōjūRyū.network, JKF Gōjū Kai Networking project (defunct), and the founding of multiple Martial Art, Budō 武道 groups and unbiased forums. Johnpaul is further credited for a range of projects from the original character model for “Street Fighter” (IMDb: 1987 & 1990) to, distinctive Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō research & contributions to multiple publications and articles. In 2021, Johnpaul published a celebrated dissertation in arguably the most historically accurate chronology of Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō to date, “Volume 1 Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Desk Reference 剛柔流空手道 参考書 – Introduction & Historic Chronology 武道, 武術の歴史.

 

To separate and divide political interests, current ongoing training, certifications, and memberships include:

 

Active member: Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai 全日本剛柔流空手道誠和会:

  • ★  1999 to Present: Ōmagari Daisen-shi Akita-ken Japan 大曲大仙市秋田県日本. Member ID#: 01869.
  • ★  6th Dan 六段 Menjō 免状 (diploma), 2018/07/24; #3578.
  • ★  Kyoshi 教士 Shihan Menkyo 師範免許 (Teachers license), 2023/08.
  • ★  Sensei Menkyo 先生免許 (Teachers license) 2004/07/20, #00103.

 

Active member: Japan Karate-Dō Federation (JKF) Gōjū-Kai 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会:

Style representative to the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

  • ★  1999 to Present: Tokyo Japan 東京日本, Member ID#: 12369.
  • ★  6th Dan 五段 Menjō 免状 (diploma), 2022/07/15; #6-12266.
  • ★  Renshi 錬士 Shihan Menkyo 師範免許 (Teachers license), 2016/08/26, #301.

 

Active member: Dai Nippon Butokukai 大日本武徳会-国際部門 DNBK International Division:

The oldest martial arts organization in the world, established in 1895.

  • ★  2005 to Present: Kyōto Japan 京都日本, Member ID#: 1283.
  • ★  5th Dan 五段 Menjō 免状 (diploma),2013/ 02/01.
  • ★  Renshi 錬士 Shihan Menkyo 師範免許 (Teachers license), 2013/12, #1251.

 

Active member: USA Karate (USA-NKF) National Karate-Dō Federation:

Official Representative for Karate to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

 

Member at Large: Nihon Budō Gakkai 日本武道学会 (Japan Budō Society (Academy))

via Nippon (Japan) Budōkan 日本武道館 – Nihon Budō Kyōgikai 日本武道協議会 (Japan Budō Council).

  • ★ 2022 (November) to Present: Chiyoda Tokyo Japan.

 

Member: Ryūkyū Bujutsu Kenkyū Dōyūkai 龍宮武術研究同友会 (RBKD)

Yamani (Chinen)-Ryū Kobujutsu 山根 (知念) 流 古武術 (Kobudō 古武道).

  • ★  2013 to Present – San Mateo, CA.

 

Inductee: Miyagi Chōjun Honor Society 宮城長順 顕彰会 of

The Sekai Gōjū-Ryū Karate Dōmei 世界剛柔流空手同盟 World Gōjū-Ryū Karate Alliance.

  • ★  2022 May: Indiana USA.

 

For additional information see the following perpetual Curriculum Vitae:

 

—2024—

—2023—

—2022—

—2021—

  • 2021 November 25 – Published the 2nd edition of Volume 1 Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Desk Reference 剛柔流空手道 参考書 – Introduction & Historic Chronology 武道, 武術の歴史” to commemorate World Karate Day’ (distributed by Amazon and major book retailers).
  • 2021 November – Participant: USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai Kata & Bunkai Gasshuku; Directed and hosted by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica, California. Shinsa-kan 審査官 [examiner]
  • 2021 August – Expanded SKSV operations to downtown Los Gatos California while maintaining operations in Menlo Park California at the Arrillaga Community Center, supplementing “Yu-Ai Kai / Akiyama Wellness Center in Japan-town San Jose California, during expanding Covid 19 contingencies.
  • 2021 June – Proposed to Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一 Shihan and Vassie Naidoo Shihan, a “50th Anniversary Photo Album” celebrating the history of Seiwakai Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 誠和会剛柔流空手道 in the summer of 2022.
  • 2021 May – Published Volume 1 Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Desk Reference 剛柔流空手道 参考書 – Introduction & Historic Chronology 武道, 武術の歴史 distributed by Amazon and major book retailers.

    Gōjū-Ryu Karate-Do Desk Reference Volume One

    Gōjūryu Karate-Dō Desk Reference is the most comprehensive informational narrative ever produced recording the history of Gojyu Ryu.

  • 2021 March – Recertified Combat Training (CT) Instructor accreditation.
  • 2021 January 15 – Renewed General Membership; Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会] as authorized by Dr. Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada [Hanshi] Chair of the International Division of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会], Member ID#: 1283.

—2020—

  • 2020 November – Celebrated 25 years teaching Karate.
  • 2020 October – Postponed release of Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Desk Reference 剛柔流空手道 参考書 – Introduction & Historic Chronology 武道, 武術の歴史.
  • 2020 August – With the intention of preserving the Gōjū-Ryū technical list (as submitted by Miyagi Chōjun to the Dai Nippon Butokukai), began integrating Kobujutsu techniques of Yamanni Ryu into the “SEIWAKAI KARATE SILICON VALLEY” (SKSV) syllabus.
  • 2020 July – Withdrew from the elected positions of Secretary and Treasurer of Seiwakai USA (as nominated and elected March 2019), while maintaining the appointed position of “Chair of Membership” for Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai 全日本剛柔流空手道誠和会.
  • 2020 April – Renewed USA Karate [USANKF] background check.
  • 2020 March – Due to Covid19 / Corona Virus concerns, converted “SEIWAKAI KARATE of SILICON VALLEY” (SKSV) teaching syllabus to online remote video training becoming the 1st Karate club and martial arts group in Northern California to transition to distance learning during the 2020 pandemic.
  • 2020 January 1 – Renewed General Membership; Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会] as authorized by Dr. Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada [Hanshi] Chair of the International Division of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会], Member ID#: 1283.

—2019—

—2018—

  • 2018 November 10 – Ascended to “Chair of Membership” for Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai 全日本剛柔流空手道誠和会 as appointed by Vassie Naidoo and Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一.
  • 2018 November 9 to 11 – Participant: USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai Kata & Bunkai Gasshuku; Directed by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, hosted by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica, California.
  • 2018 October 6 – Received 6th dan [六段] Menjō 免状 (diploma), Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai 全日本剛柔流空手道誠和会, dated 07/24/18; Certificate #3578, endorsed by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一.
  • 2018 October 5 to 7 – Participated & Assisted [Jokyō 助教]: Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Tri-Valley Seiwakai Gasshuku; Directed by Vassie Naidoo, hosted by Sanjit Mandal; Pleasanton, California.
  • 2018 August 8 – Formed a registered nonprofit “SEIWAKAI KARATE of SILICON VALLEY” (SKSV) for operations in Menlo Park at the Arrillaga Community Center while concurrently annexing a San Jose branch at Yu-Ai Kai / Akiyama Wellness Center, Japantown San Jose, California.
  • 2018 August: Proposed to Vassie Naidoo Shihan, the formation of a Seiwakai Joshi-bu (woman’s division) after pitching the proposition to female members of the JKF Gōjūkai 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会. Thereafter, enacted by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一 Shuseki Shihan and Vassie Naidoo Shihan, the Seiwakai International Womans Advisory Board (SIWAB) was formed in early 2019.
  • 2018 August: Proposed to Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一 Shuseki Shihan to plan a forthcoming event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Seiwakai Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会.
  • 2018 July 26 & 27 – Participant: 44th National Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gōjūkai [JKF Gōjūkai; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会] Gasshuku directed by Akira Shiomi 塩見 明 & JKF Gōjūkai Shihan Kai; Akita Budōkan 武道館, Akita, Japan.
  • 2018 July – Successfully auditioned for the grade of 6th Dan [六段合格] Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai 全日本剛柔流空手道誠和会: Board of examiners – Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, Takahashi Satoru 高橋悟, Vassie Naidoo & Gurmit Singh; Ōmagari 大曲市 Daisen 大仙市 Japan.
  • 2018 July 18 to 24 – Participant: Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai 全日本剛柔流空手道誠和会 Gasshuku, Memorial for Leo Lipinski and meetings; Directed by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, Takahashi Satoru 高橋悟, and Vassie Naidoo; Ōmagari Budōkan Daisen-shi Akita-ken Japan 大曲武道館 大仙市 秋田県 日本.
  • 2018 May 5 & 6 – Participated & Completed: USANKF Referee course. Recertified “Kata Judge B” and upgraded to “Kumite Referee C”; USA Karate [USANKF] by Mary Crawford; Cupertino, CA.
  • 2018 August – Formed Seiwakai Karate of Silicon Valley (SKSV) having primary at Menlo Park Family Recreation and annex training in San Jose’s, historic Japantown.
  • 2018 July – Ceased operations of “AGK Academy for Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō and Bujutsu” Menlo Park CA.
  • 2018 April 21 – Hosted the California Gōjū-Ryū Tomodachi Kenkyukai in Menlo Park California.
  • 2018 March – Participant: Cheryl Murphy Kumite Seminar hosted by Mary Crawford Okaigan Dojo. Cupertino California.
  • 2018 January 1 – Renewed General Membership; Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会] as authorized by Dr. Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada [Hanshi] Chair of the International Division of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会], Member ID#: 1283.

—2017—

  • 2017 November 10 to 12 – Participant: USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai Kata & Bunkai Gasshuku; Directed by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, hosted by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica, California.
  • 2017 November 27 to 29 – Participated & Assisted [Jokyō 助教]: Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai Gasshuku; Directed by Vassie Naidoo, hosted by Sanjit Mandal; Pleasanton, California.
  • 2017 October 14 to 15 – Lead Instructor for Central Coast Joint Karate Seminar hosted by CK Karate at Presidio of Monterey. Monterey California.
  • 2017 July 9 – Participant: “Vicky Panetsidou Elite Kumite Seminar”; Directed by Mary Crawford, hosted by Sanjit Mandal and Mary Crawford; Tri-City Karate Pleasanton, California.
  • 2017 May 12 to 14 – Lead Instructor for Central Coast Joint Karate Seminar hosted by CK Karate at Presidio of Monterey. Monterey California.
  • 2017 April 8 – Relaunched the California Gōjū-Ryū Tomodachi Kenkyukai in Menlo Park California.
  • 2017 March 10 to 12 – Participant: USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai Kumite Gasshuku; Directed by Leo Lipinski, hosted by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica, California.
  • 2017 January – Relocated AGK Academy for Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō and Bujutsu to Menlo Park California at the original site of USA Gōjūkai Shibu Dojo of Cornell Watson in Menlo Park California.
  • 2017 January – Renewed General Membership; Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会] via submission to Dr. Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada [Hanshi] Chair of the International Division of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会], Member ID#: 1283.

—2016—

 

—2015—

  • 2015 November 20 to 22 – Participated & Assisted [Jokyō 助教]: Seminario International Seiwakai Gasshuku; directed by Vassie Naidoo, hosted by Marco Madrid Sr; Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico. Shinsa-kan 審査官 [examiner]
  • 2015 November 8 – Tachi-ai [Shushin] for Shinsa [gradings]; USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai International 剛柔流空手道誠和会; Santa Monica, California.
  • 2015 November 6 to 8 – Participant: USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai Kata & Bunkai Gasshuku; Directed by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, hosted by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica, California.
  • 2015 October – Lead Instructor for Central Coast Joint Karate Seminar hosted by CK Karate at Presidio of Monterey. Monterey California.
  • 2015 August – Guest Instructor for Central Coast Joint Karate Seminar hosted by CK Karate at Presidio of Monterey. Monterey California.
  • 2015 July – Nominated to the Technical Subcommittee of the USA Karate [USANKF] National Karate-Dō Federation for Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō by Ramon Veras.
  • 2015 January – Renewed General Membership; Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会] via submission to Dr. Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada [Hanshi] Chair of the International Division of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会], Member ID#: 1283.

—2014—

  • 2014 December – Attended the funeral of primary Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Sensei Shihan Cornell Watson. Dallas, TX.
  • 2014 November 22 & 23 – Participant: Cheryl Murphy Kumite Seminar hosted by Mary Crawford Okaigan Dojo. Cupertino California.
  • 2014 November 8 & 9 – Participant USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai Kata & Bunkai Gasshuku; Directed by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, hosted by Vassie Naidoo, special guest Takafumi Hamabata; Assisted [Jokyō 助教 / Tachi-ai [Shushin] for Shinsa [gradings]; JKF Gōjūkai 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会 ] the Santa Monica, California.
  • 2014 October 23 – Nominated to the Technical Subcommittee of the USA Karate USANKF National Karate-Dō Federation for Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō by Mark Cramer, Roger Jarrett & Ramon Veras. 
  • 2014 October 17 to 19 – Participated / Assisted [dispatched Jokyō 助教] the “1st New York Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai Seminar”; Directed by Vassie Naidoo. Hosted by Kevin Moskie of the ‘USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai New York Branch Dojo’; Staten Island New York, USA.
  • 2014 August 17 – Participant: John & Alisa Fonseca Kumite Seminar hosted by Jim Ernst at Ramtown Karate. Dixon California.
  • 2014 July 13 – Reissued [due to an erroneous original] Godan Certificate [五段], USA Karate [USANKF] member of the United States Olympic Committee, [post] dated 7/11/13; Certificate #240, endorsed by John DiPasquale, Jesse Canedo, Edward Kuras and Ramon Veras.
  • 2014 July 11 – Bronze medalist; Men’s Senior Advanced Kata, USA Karate [USANKF] National Championships & Team trials, Reno, Nevada.
  • 2014 July 10 – Silver medalist; Men’s Advanced Gōjū-Ryū Kata, USA Karate [USANKF] National Championships & Team trials, Reno, Nevada.
  • 2014 April 20 – Participated & Completed: US Open Karate [USANKF] Referee course. Upgraded to “Kata Judge B” and “Kumite Referee D“; USA Karate [USANKF] by Alex Miladi, Cleveland Baxter, Fariba Madani, Katsutaka Tanaka; US Open, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 2014 April 19 – Bronze medalist; Men’s Senior Advanced Kata [pool of 18] loosing to Gustavo Lacau of team Venezuela], US Open World Championships hosted by the USANKF & WKF; Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 2014 April 4 to 6 – Participated / Assisted: USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai International 剛柔流空手道誠和会, Instructors training Seminar; Hosted by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica California, USA.
  • 2014 March 22 & 23 – Participant: Ryukyu Bujutsu Kenkyu Doyukai [RBKD] Gasshuku; Directed by Toshihiro Oshiro; Mt. View Buddhist Temple – Mountain View, CA.
  • 2014 March 14 & 15 – Assistant: Visalia Karate-Dō DNBK Spring Training Clinic; Visalia California, USA.
  • 2014 February 21 to 23 – Participated / Assisted [dispatched Jokyō 助教] the “Seiichi Fujiwara Seminar”; Directed by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一 & Vassie Naidoo. Hosted by Maile Chinen & Robert Koncal of Kachi Karate; Honolulu Hawaii, USA.
  • 2014 January 26 – Participated & Completed the USA Karate [USANKF] Referee course. Upgraded to “Kata Judge C” and “Kumite Judge A“; USA Karate [USANKF] by Alex Miladi; Akihiro Omi Dojo – Japanese Arts & Cultural Center, San Jose, California.
  • 2014 January – Renewed General Membership; Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会] via submission to Dr. Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada [Hanshi] Chair of the International Division of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会], Member ID#: 1283.

—2013—

  • 2013 December 14 & 15 – Assistant: 13th Annual Visalia Karate-Dō Winter Gasshuku; Visalia California, USA.
  • 2013 December 14 – Received Renshi [錬士] Shihan [師範] Menkyo (Teachers license) in Karate-Dō from the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会]; endorsed by The Governor of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会], His Royal Highness, Sosai Higashi Fushimi, Jigo [Brother of Empress Kojun] & Dr. Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada [Hanshi] Chair of the International Division of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会], dated Heisei 25 [2013 October 2]. Kyoto Japan; Certificate #1251.Renshi Menkyo Dai Nippon Butoku Kai
  • 2013 November 21 – Participated; Completed the USA Karate [USANKF] Referee course. Upgraded to “Kata Judge C” and “Kumite Judge B“; USA Karate [USANKF] by Alex Miladi; Yong & Carl Hultin Dojo, Dublin, California.
  • 2013 November 10 – Tachi-ai [Shushin] for Shinsa [gradings]; JKF Gōjūkai 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会; Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico.
  • 2013 November 8 to 10 – Participated / Assisted [Jokyō 助教] the 2nd Seminario International Seiwakai Gasshuku; Directed by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, Leo Lipinski, Vassie Naidoo, special guest Takafumi Hamabata; Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico.
  • 2013 October 28 – Upgraded Annual Membership to Lifetime Member; USA Karate [USANKF] member of the United States Olympic Committee]: Member ID# 12359. Card received February 21 2014.
  • 2013 October 26 – Participant: Ryukyu Bujutsu Kenkyu Doyukai [RBKD] Gasshuku; Directed by Toshihiro Oshiro; Mt. View Buddhist Temple – Mountain View, CA.
  • 2013 August 7 – Issued Godan Certificate [五段], USA Karate [USANKF] member of the United States Olympic Committee], dated 7/11/13; Certificate #240, endorsed by John DiPasquale, Jesse Canedo and Ramon Veras.
  • 2013 July 25 & 26 – Participant: 39th National Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gōjūkai [JKF Gōjūkai; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会] Gasshuku directed by Akira Shiomi 塩見 明 & JKF Gōjūkai Shihan Kai; Big Whale, Wakayama, Japan.
  • 2013 July 17 to 23 – Participant: Seiwakai International Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会 Gasshuku and Meetings; Senior Jokyo, Directed by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一 and Leo Lipinski; Ōmagari Budōkan Daisen-shi Akita-ken Japan 大曲武道館 大仙市 秋田県 日本.
  • 2013 July 11 – Successfully auditioned for the Grade of 5th Dan [五段合格]; USA Karate [USANKF member of the United States Olympic Committee]: Board of examiners – Jesse Canedo, Ramon Veras, Bob Allen, Douglas Jepperson, & Ed Kuras; Greenville South Carolina. Supporting letters of recommendation from Tak [Takafumi] Hamabata and Vassie Naidoo.Godan Certificate USA Karate
  • 2013 July 11 – Completed the USA Karate [USANKF] member of the United States Olympic Committee] “National Coaches Certification course Level II” led by Tokey Hill, Bob Allen, Dustin Baldis, Akira Fukuda, Eric Hill, Tommy Hood, Jeff Kohn, & John Limcaco.
  • 2013 May – Continued Kobudo training with Toshihiro Oshiro Sensei; Ryukyu Bujutsu Kenkyu Doyukai [RBKD] Hombu Dojo; Yamanni Ryu Kobujutsu.
  • 2013 April 21 – Participated & Completed the USA Karate [USANKF] Referee course. Re-qualified as “Kata Judge D” and “Kumite Judge C“; USA Karate [USANKF] by Alex Miladi; Miladi Karate Academy, Yuba City, California.
  • 2013 April 12 to 14 – Participated / Attended: USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai International 剛柔流空手道誠和会, Instructors Training Seminar; Hosted by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica California, USA.
  • 2013 April 6 – Received Godan [五段] Certificate in Karate-Dō from the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会] per submission to Dr. Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada [Hanshi] Chair of the International Division of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会]; endorsed by The Governor of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会], His Royal Highness, Sosai, Higashi Fushimi, Jigo [Brother of Empress Kojun], dated Heisei 23 [2013 February 1].Godan Menkyo Dai Nippon Butoku Kai
  • 2013 February – Registered for annual membership; USA Karate [USANKF] member of the United States Olympic Committee]: Member ID# 12357. Membership card not received.
  • 2013 January – Renewed General Membership; Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会] submission to Dr. Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada [Hanshi] Chair of the International Division of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会], Member ID#: 1283.

—2012—

  • 2012 December 14 – Dispatched application for Godan Karate-Dō grading to the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会] via submission to Dr. Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada [Hanshi] Chair of the International Division of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会].
  • 2012 November 18 – Received 5th Dan Certificate [Godan 五段, Dated 07/14/2012; Certificate #5-002015], Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gōjūkai [JKF Gōjūkai; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会], endorsed by Chairman Ujita Eizo 会長 宇治田 栄蔵.
  • Godan Menkyo JKF Gojukai2012 November 18 – Received Godan Certificate [五段 – 5th Dan], Seiwakai International Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会, dated 12/7/11; Certificate #2044, endorsed by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一 and Vassie Naidoo.
  • 2012 November 16 to 18 – Participant: Seiwakai International Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会 Gasshuku; Senior Jokyo & Tachi-ai [Shushin] for Shinsa [gradings], Directed by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一 and Leo Lipinski; Santa Monica, California – USA.
  • 2012 July 14 – Successfully auditioned for the Grade of 5th Dan [五段合格] Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gōjūkai [JKF Gōjūkai; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会]: Central Dan Grade Shinsa Board of Examiners Akira Shiomi 塩見 明, Sato Shigenori 佐藤 重徳, Hisanaga Yoshiro 久永 義弘, Tada Masao 多田 正夫, Tanaka Minoru 田中 實, Shioji Naoya 塩路 直也, Maekawa Hidehiro 前川 英博 – JKF Gojukai Shihan Kai; Japan Karate-Dō Federation Headquarters [JKF Kaikan 全日本空手道連盟会館] Tokyo Japan.
  • 2012 July 13 to 14 – Participant: 38th National Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gōjūkai [JKF Gōjūkai; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会] Shiai and Gasshuku directed by Akira Shiomi 塩見 明 & JKF Gōjūkai Shihan Kai; Japan Karate-Dō Federation Headquarters [JKF Kaikan 全日本空手道連盟会館] Tokyo Japan.
  • 2012 July 11 – Successfully participated in Grading for 5th Dan [五段合格] under the revised grading specifications: Seiwakai International Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会: Board of examiners – Leo Lipinski & Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一; Ōmagari 大曲市 Daisen 大仙市 Japan.
  • 2012 July 4 to 11 – Participant: Seiwakai International Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会 Gasshuku and Meetings; Senior Jokyo, Directed by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一 and Leo Lipinski; Ōmagari Budōkan Daisen-shi Akita-ken Japan 大曲武道館 大仙市 秋田県 日本.
  • 2012 May 20 – Named as one of six to the Board of Directors – USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai International 剛柔流空手道誠和会; Santa Monica California, USA.Godan Menkyo Seiwa Kai International
  • 2012 May 20 – Pre-auditioned for the Grade of 5th Dan [五段合格]; Seiwakai International Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会 as a prerequisite to grading for Godan [5th Dan] JKF Gōjūkai; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会: Examiner – Vassie Naidoo]; Santa Monica California.
  • 2012 May 18 to 20 – Participant: USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai International 剛柔流空手道誠和会, Instructors Training Seminar; Hosted by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica California, USA.
  • 2012 May 18 – Reissued Certificate of General Membership; The Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会] endorsed by Dr. Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada [Hanshi] Chair, International Division of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会], General Membership#:1283. Dated April 10th 2012.
  • 2012 February 25 – Participated / Attended; Kata & Bunkai Seminar, Seiwakai International Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会; Directed by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica California, USA.
  • 2012 January – Reestablished General Membership; Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会].

 

—2011—

  • 2011 December 17 & 18 – Assistant: Visalia Karate-Dō Annual Winter Gasshaku; ; Directed by Vassie Naidoo; Visalia California, USA.
  • 2011 November 18 to 20 – Participant: Annual Seiwakai International Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会 Gasshaku; Directed by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, Hosted by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica California, USA.

 

—2010—

  • 2010 August – Withdrew from USA Karate [USANKF member of the United States Olympic Committee] events, opting to volunteer in Haiti to assist with recovery projects after their 7.0 Mw earthquake in January 2010. Postponement to audition for the grade of 5th Dan [五段], “National Coaches Certification course Level II” and “referee course” would reschedule in 2013.
  • 2010 July 25 – Participant: Seiwakai International Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会 Gasshuku and Meetings, Daisen 大仙市 [Ōmagari 大曲市] – Japan.
  • 2010 – Contributor to the publication “Gogen ‘The Cat’ Yamaguchi, Emperor of the scarlet fist” by Don Warrener. Copyright 2010 Rising Sun Productions, Los Angeles, CA. USA.

 

—2009—

  • 2009 November 20 – Participant: 2nd Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gōjūkai USA [JKF Gōjūkai USA; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会 USA] Seminar; Directed by Kesakatsu Kiyohara and Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, Hosted by Vassie Naidoo and Tak [Takafumi] Hamabata; Santa Monica California, USA.
  • 2009 April 26 – Shinsa Board of Examiners Participant [Jokyo] & Tachi-ai [Shushin] for Shinsa [gradings]; Seiwakai International Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会; Santa Monica California, USA.
  • 2009 April 25 – Participant: / Guest Instructor: Annual Seiwakai Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会 Kumite and Kata Gasshaku; Hosted by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica California, USA.
  • 2009 January 22 to 24 – Participant: Japan Karate-Dō Ryobu-Kai Gasshuku Seminar, led by Kiyoshi Yamazaki Sensei; hosted at JKR Okaigan Dojo by Mary Crawford; Cupertino / Saratoga, CA.

 

—2008—

 

—2007—

 

—2006—

  • 2006 January – Registered for annual USANKF Membership ID#: 60544.
  • 2006 March 24 – Received Certificate of General Membership to the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会] from Ken Shockey Sensei [DNBK Kyoshi] endorsed by Dr. Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada [Hanshi] Chair of the International Division of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会]. General Membership#:1283. Dated February 25th 2006. Daly City – California.
  • 2006 April 21 – Guest Instructor to Nippon Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Dallas Texas; Organized by Cornell Watson.
  • 2006 April 15 – Participant: Osamu Ozawa International Karate-Dō Gasshuku / Seminars [Morio Higaonna – Gōjū-Ryū Kata], Las Vegas Nevada USA.
  • 2006 April 23 – Board of Examiners Participant: [Shidoin]; Nippon Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Dallas Texas, USA
  • 2006 July 20 – Participant: International Seiwakai 剛柔流空手道誠和会 Gasshuku and Meetings: Hosted by Shuji Tasaki [田崎修司], Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一; Leo Lipinski; Daisen 大仙市 [Ōmagari 大曲市] – Japan.
  • 2006 July 23 – Initial 4th dan [四段] audition: Seiwakai International Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会; Daisen 大仙市 [Ōmagari 大曲市] – Japan: Board of examiners – Shuji Tasaki [田崎修司], Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一 and Leo Lipinski – Grading Unsuccessful*.
  • 2006 July 27 – Participant: 32nd Japan National Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gōjūkai [JKF Gōjūkai; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会] Shiai; Gasshuku directed by Akira Shiomi 塩見 明 & JKF Gōjūkai Shihan Kai. Akita – Japan.
  • 2006 October – Participant: Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会] Canada Rensei Taikai. Dantai Team Award Cup: Shorei Sho.
  • 2006 October – Participant: 70th World Karate Day celebration – Okinawa.
  • 2006 November – Participant: Annual Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gōjūkai [JKF Gōjūkai; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会] – Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Kumite and Kata Gasshuku; Directed by Shuji Tasaki [田崎修司] and Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, Hosted by Vassie Naidoo and Takafumi Hamabata; Santa Monica California, USA.
  • 2006 November 24 – Successfully re-auditioned* for the Grade of Yondan [四段 – 4th Dan Shinsa]; Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai 全日本剛柔流空手道誠和会: Board of examiners – Shuji Tasaki [田崎修司], Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, Leo Lipinski, Vassie Naidoo]; Santa Monica California.

 

—2005—

  • 2005 January – Registered for annual USANKF Membership ID#: Not received.
  • 2005 March – Guest Instructor to Northeastern University [Boston MA, USA] Gōjū-Ryū Karate Seminar; Organized by Sanjit Mandal.
  • 2005 April 22 – Participant: 1st Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gōjūkai USA [JKF Gōjūkai USA; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会 USA] Seminar; Akira Shiomi 塩見 明, Yoshihiro Hisanaga 久永 義弘, Masataka Muramatsu 村松 真孝, Leo Lipinski; Vassie Naidoo with special guest Yoshiaki Ajari; Los Angeles California.
  • 2005 July – Reaffirmed IKGA North American Block remittance to Chieko Huse, based on original resignation dated July 2001 to Brian Douglas of SoRano Gōjū-Ryū Karate (IKGA North America block affiliate), resigning membership as an informal associate to the IKGA [International Karate-Dō Gōjūkai Association North American Block affiliate].
  • 2005 July 16 – Guest Instructor to Embarcadero YMCA [San Francisco CA, USA] Kumite Clinic.
  • 2005 July – Submitted formal application for general membership to the Dai Nippon Butokukai as recommended / sponsored by Kenneth Shockey Kyoshi to Tesshin Hamada Hanshi.
  • 2005 July – Participant: Bi-annual San Francisco Budo Seminar hosted by the Dai Nippon Butokukai / Washinkan Dojo [Tesshin Hamada Hanshi and Kenneth Shockey Kyoshi]; Daly City California.
  • 2005 November – Participant: Annual Seiwakai Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会 Kumite and Kata Gasshuku; Directed by Shuji Tasaki [田崎修司] and Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, Hosted by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica California, USA.Sensei Menkyo Seiwa Kai International
  • 2005 December 10 – Gold Medalist Okinawa Kata Men’s Senior Division: USANKF National Karate-Dō Federation Jr Olympics, Stockton California.
  • 2005 December 10 – Bronze Medalist Men’s Senior Open Kata Division: USANKF National Karate-Dō Federation Jr Olympics, Stockton California.
  • 2005 December 11 – Received Certificate of General Membership – Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会] from Ken Shockey Sensei [DNBK Kyoshi] endorsed by Dr. Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada [Hanshi] Chair of the International Division of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会]. General Membership#:1283. Dated September 9th 2005. Daly City – California.

 

—2004—

  • 2004 January – Registered for annual USANKF Membership ID#: Membership card not received.
  • 2004 February – Commissioned and created the 1st “Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai” Sensei Menkyo / recognized Instructors Certificate for distribution to all International Instructors.
  • 2004 April – Board of Examiners; Shotokan Embarcadero YMCA [San Francisco CA, USA].
  • 2004 July 21 – Received International Sensei Menkyo / recognized Instructors Certificate, [Shuji Tasaki 田崎修司, Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一; Leo Lipinski]; Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai 全日本剛柔流空手道誠和会; Ōmagari 大曲市 Japan; Certificate #00103.
  • 2004 July 22 – Received Sandan Certificate [参段 – 3rd Dan], Seiwakai International Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会; Certificate #01295, endorsed by Shuji Tasaki 田崎修 and Vassie Naidoo.
  • 2004 July 23 – Participant: 30th National JKF Gojukai Karate-Dō Shiai, Central Dan Grade Shinsa; Gasshuku directed by Akira Shiomi 塩見 明, Shuji Tasaki, Motomasa Mayama 間山統正 & JKF Gojukai Shihan Kai; Takamatsu City on Shikoku Island – Japan.
  • 2004 July 25 – Captain – USA team for the 30th National JKF Gojukai Karate-Dō / Shiai; Takematsu Japan.Seiwa Kai Yondan
  • 2004 July 25 – Received 3rd Dan Certificate [San Dan 参段, Dated 11/16/2003 Certificate #3-00231], JKF Gojukai Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō; endorsed by Chairman Ujita Eizo 会長 宇治田 栄蔵.
  • 2004 August – Guest Instructor to Embarcadero YMCA [San Francisco CA, USA] Kumite Clinic.

 

—2003—

  • 2003 January – Registered for annual USANKF Membership ID#: 32431.
  • 2003 March – Men’s +80 Advanced Kumite Gold Medalist USANKF Northern California; Stockton California USA.
  • 2003 March 29 – Participant: USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai 全日本剛柔流空手道誠和会; Gasshuku Seminars, Directed by Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一 and Leo Lipinski, Hosted by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica California.
  • 2003 July – Participant: IKGA [International Karate-Dō Gojukai Association] Gasshuku / Seminars as a nonaffiliated guest; Led by Goshi Yamaguchi and Shin Tsukii; Calgary Alberta Canada.
  • 2003 August – Assisted in organizing USANKF National Karate-Dō Federation Championships & team trials, San Jose, CA
  • 2003 August – Formed the ‘Academy for Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō & Bujutsu”; a Kenkyukai [剛柔流 空手道 武術の研究会] located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • 2003 September – Guest Instructor to Embarcadero YMCA [San Francisco CA, USA] Kumite Clinic.
  • 2003 October 29 – Recipient of ‘The Silver Award’ from “JREF Japan Reference” for “GōjūRyū.net The All Gōjū-Ryū Network.”
  • 2003 November 14 – Participant: JKF Gojukai California Gasshuku / Seminars [Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一; Leo Lipinski]; Santa Monica California.
  • 2003 November 15 – Successfully auditioned for the Grade of Sandan [参段 – 3rd Dan], Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai 全日本剛柔流空手道誠和会: Board of Examiners – Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, Leo Lipinski, Vassie Naidoo, Leon Mare; Peter Brown; Santa Monica California; Certificate #01295.
  • 2003 November 16 – Successfully auditioned for the Grade of Sandan [参段 – 3rd Dan], JKF Gojukai: Board of Examiners – Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, Leo Lipinski, Vassie Naidoo, Takafumi Hamabata, Katsuhide Kinjo; Santa Monica California.Godan Menkyo JKF Gojukai

 

—2002—

  • 2002 October – Men’s Open Advanced Kumite 1st place USA Gōjū-Ryū – JKF Gojukai; Los Angeles California.
  • 2002 September – Men’s Heavy Weight Kumite Gold medalist, 29th Fiestas International Karate Championships, Los Angeles California. Organized by Juan Larios; International Karate-Dō Shito Ryu Federation.
  • 2002 September – Participant: IKSF Kumite Seminar Juan Larios, Los Angeles California. Organized by Juan Larios; International Karate-Dō Shito Ryu Federation.
  • 2002 May – Guest Instructor to Embarcadero YMCA [San Francisco CA, USA] Kumite Clinic.
  • 2002 April 28 – Men’s Advanced Team Kumite Gold medalist defeating the Team USANKF; Silicon Valley Classic International Karate-Dō Shiai / Tournament; Santa Clara California.
  • 2002 April 27 – Participant: Northern California Seminar series of Hideharu Igaki, Atsuko Wakai 若井敦 and Toshihiro Oshiro; Oshiro Dojo San Mateo California USA.
  • 2002 April – Men’s Heavy Weight Kumite Gold Medalist; 35th Annual Japan Karate-Dō Ryobu-Kai International Tournament; Norwalk California.
  • 2002 March – Men’s +80 Advanced Kumite Gold Medalist USANKF Northern California; Stockton California USA.
  • 2002 February 19 – Received 2nd Dan Certificate [Nidan 弐段, Dated 05/03/2001 Certificate #2-12969, JKF Gojukai Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō, endorsed by Chairman Ujita Eizo 会長 宇治田 栄蔵.
  • 2002 January – Registered for annual USANKF Membership ID#: Membership card not received.

 

—2001—

  • 2001 January – Registered for annual USANKF Membership ID#: Not received.
  • 2001 January 27 – Participant: Northern California Seminar series of Atsuko Wakai 若井敦, Hideharu Igaki and Toshihiro Oshiro; Oshiro Dojo Redwood City California USA.
  • 2001 March 3 – Participant: Northern California JKF Gojukai Seminar Instructors: Leo Lipinski, Vassie Naidoo, Takafumi Hamabata, Rodney Hu, Solomon Kupahu, Hosted by Johnpaul Williams and Cornel Watsons Martial Arts Center.
  • 2001 March – Men’s +80 Advanced Kumite Gold Medalist USANKF Northern California National Qualifier; Stockton California USA.
  • 2001 April – Men’s Open Advanced Kumite Silver Medalist; 34th Annual Japan Karate-Dō Ryobu-Kai International Tournament; Norwalk California.
  • 2001 April – Participant: Yong & Carl Hultin Invitational Seminar with John Fonseca Seminar; Dublin California.
  • 2001 May 1 – Participant: USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō JKF Gojukai Gasshuku / Seminars; Santa Monica California.
  • 2001 May 3 – Successfully auditioned for the Grade of Nidan [弐段 – 2nd Dan Shinsa], Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai 全日本剛柔流空手道誠和会: Board of Examiners – Leo Lipinski and Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica California.
  • 2001 June 2 – Successfully auditioned for the Dojo Grade of Interim 3rd Dan [Sandan-ho Shinsa]: Board of examiners – Cornell Watson; Fr. Robert Gray; Nippon Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō; San Jose California [ID #CMA01004].
  • 2001 June – Shuji Tasaki [田崎修司] Hanshi requests [in person] and is respectfully granted membership release of Johnpaul Williams with IKGA North American Block to join Seiwakai International Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会.
  • 2001 July 1 – Submitted a letter resigning unsanctioned membership as an informal member of the IKGA [International Karate-Dō Gojukai Association North American Block affiliate] to Brian Douglas of SoRano Gōjū-Ryū Karate (IKGA North America block affiliate).
  • 2001 July 24 to August 1 – Participant: Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai 全日本剛柔流空手道誠和会 Gasshuku and Meetings: Hosted by Shuji Tasaki [田崎修司], Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一; Daisen 大仙市 [Ōmagari 大曲市] – Japan.
  • 2001 August 1 – Received Nidan Certificate [弐段 – 2nd Dan], Seiwakai International Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō 剛柔流空手道誠和会; Certificate #01277, endorsed by Shuji Tasaki 田崎修 and Vassie Naidoo.
  • 2001 August 2 – Participant: Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gojukai [JKF Gojukai; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会] Gasshuku directed by Akira Shiomi 塩見 明, Tsuji Tasaki, Motomasa Mayama 間山統正 & JKF Gojukai Shihan-Kai; Wakayama Japan.
  • 2001 August 3 – Successfully auditioned for the Grade [confirmed] of Nidan [弐段 – 2nd Dan Shinsa], Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gōjūkai [JKF Gōjūkai; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会]: Board of Examiners – JKF Gojukai Shihankai; Wakayama Japan.
  • 2001 August 4 – Captain of USA team: JKF Gojukai Championships / Shiai; Wakayama Japan.
  • 2001 August 5 – Men’s Heavy Weight [+70 Kilo in Japan] Advanced Kumite 4th Place – Top 8 Award [in a field of 66] losing to Sato Masaki [佐藤正樹] of Osaka (大阪) Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gōjūkai [JKF Gōjūkai; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会] 27th Annual Championships / Shiai; Wakayama Japan.
  • 2001 September 19 – Participated / Completed: Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association [FSKA] “Night of 1000 Gyaku Tsuki” class [that’s 1000 per side!] led by Kenneth Funakoshi.
  • 2001 October 3 – Formally discontinued direct affiliation with Cornell Watson of Nippon Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō; San Jose California
  • 2001 October 13 – Men’s Heavy Weight Advanced Kumite Gold Medalist 14th Annual FSKA [Funakoshi Shotokan Karate-Dō Association] International Karate Championship; Cupertino California.
  • 2001 November – Participated / Competed: IKGA [International Karate-Dō Gojukai Association] Gasshuku / Seminars [Goshi Yamaguchi] as a nonaffiliated; Perth Australia.
  • 2001 November – Men’s Heavy Weight [over 80 kilo] Advanced Kumite 4th Place [in a field of 41]; IKGA [International Karate-Dō Gojukai Association] World Championships / Shiai; Perth Australia.
  • 2001 November – Men’s Advanced Team Kata [Team members; Christopher Lee, Brian Douglas & Johnpaul Williams]; 4th Place losing to IKGA [International Karate-Dō Gojukai Association] India; IKGA World Championships / Shiai; Perth Australia.
  • 2001 December – Publicly assumed administration and editorial duties of GōjūRyū.net.

 

—2000—

  • 2000 January – Registered for annual USANKF Membership ID#: CA71961.
  • 2000 January 28 – Men’s Advanced +80 Kilo Kumite Gold medalist; Silicon Valley Classic International Karate-Dō Shiai / Tournament; Santa Clara California.
  • 2000 February 19 – Attended & Qualified at the USANKF National Karate-Dō Federation Referee course as “State Judge” registered with the USANKF by David Crockett Sensei; O’Kaigan Shotokan Karate-Dō, Cupertino/Saratoga, California.
  • 2000 March – Participant: Monta Vista Invitational Karate-Dō Championships placing 1st in Men’s Advanced Team Kumite, Gold medalist Men’s Advanced Kata and Silver medalist Men’s Heavyweight Black Belt Kumite, Cupertino California.
  • 2000 April 8 – Attended & Qualified at the USANKF National Karate-Dō Federation Referee course for “State Judge” registered with the USANKF by David Crockett Sensei hosted by G Tibon’s, Stockton California.
  • 2000 April 9 – Men’s +80 Advanced Kumite Gold Medalist USANKF Northern California; Stockton California.
  • 2000 April 9 – Men’s Open Advanced Kumite Gold Medalist USANKF Northern California; Stockton California.
  • 2000 April 9 – Bunkai / Team Performance [Team Sanchin members; Brian Douglas, Akao Takeshi 赤尾武俊; JP Williams as coached by Mrs. Akao Toshie 赤尾よし枝 Shihan; Mrs. Chieko Huse Sensei] Gold Medalist USANKF Northern California; Stockton California.
  • 2000 May – Participant: Yokusuka Golden Week Festival & Martial Arts Conference; Yokosuka Japan.
  • 2000 June – Participant: San Jose State University [SJSU] International Shotokan Karate-Dō Federation [ISKF] Gasshuku with Hirokazu Kanazawa as organized by Isao Wada.
  • 2000 July 15 – Participant: USA Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō – to JKF Gojukai Gasshuku / Seminars; Hosted by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica California.
  • 2000 July 28 – Gold Medalist USANKF National Karate-Dō Championships & Team Trials; Team Performance Division [Team Sanchin members; Brian Douglas, Akao Takeshi 赤尾武俊; JP Williams as coached by Mrs. Akao Toshie 赤尾よし枝 ; Mrs. Chieko Huse]; Stockton California USA.
  • 2000 July – Men’s +80 Advanced Kumite 4th Place loosing to Ali [Alireza] Anissipour; USANKF National Karate-Dō Championships; held in Stockton California USA.
  • 2000 October 13 – Men’s Light Heavy Weight Advanced Kumite Silver Medalist loosing to Ryan Sakai 13th Annual FSKA [Funakoshi Shotokan Karate-Dō Association] International Karate Championship; Cupertino California.
  • 2000 November – Participant: JKGA/IKGA [International Karate-Dō Gojukai Association] 50th Anniversary and Gasshuku / Seminars [Goshi Yamaguchi]; Tokyo Japan.
  • 2000 December 2 – Attended & Qualified at the USANKF National Karate-Dō Federation Referee course by David Crockett Sensei; Hosted by Yong & Carl Hultin Jr. Sensei Dojo, Dublin California.

 

—1999—

  • 1999 November 12 – Organized / Participated JKF Gojukai California Gōjū-Ryū Gasshuku / Seminar; San Jose California [Leo Lipinski, Vassie Naidoo, Takafumi Hamabata, Cornell Watson].
  • 1999 October – Officially became a member of the Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gōjūkai [JKF Gōjūkai; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会]; acceptance received November 14th 1999; Member ID#: 12369.
  • 1999 October – Participant: JKF Gōjūkai California Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Gasshuku / Seminars [Shuji Tasaki 田崎修司, Akira Shiomi 塩見 明, Yoshihiro Hisanaga 久永 義弘, Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, Masataka Muramatsu 村松 真孝, Leo Lipinski and Vassie Naidoo]; Santa Monica California USA.
  • 1999 October 16 – Men’s Light Heavy Weight Advanced Kumite Gold Medalist 12th Annual FSKA [Funakoshi Shotokan Karate-Dō Association] International Karate Championship; Cupertino California.
  • 1999 September – Participant: West Valley College Invitational Karate Championships placing 2nd in Men’s Advanced open Kumite and Silver medalist in Men’s Advanced Kata.
  • 1999 September 5 – Successfully Grading with IKGA Gōjūkai: Board of examiners – Goshi Yamaguchi, Masahiko Futawatari, Toshie Futawatari, Certificate #2448. Edmonton Alberta Canada.
  • 1999 September 5 – Participant: IKGA [International Karate-Dō Gōjūkai Association] Gasshuku / Seminars [Goshi Yamaguchi, Mr. Masahiko Futawatari and Mrs. Toshie Futawatari]; Edmonton Alberta Canada.
  • 1999 June 26 – Attended the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai [DNBK 大日本武徳会] Gasshuku in Daly City California hosted by Ken Shockey Sensei [DNBK Renshi] and Washin Kan Dojo of Daly City with guest Dr. Hiroyuku Tesshin Hamada [DNBK Hanshi]
  • 1999 May 29 – Successfully auditioned for the Dojo Grade of 2nd Dan [弐段 – Nidan Shinsa]: Board of examiners – Cornell Watson; Fr. Robert Gray; Nippon Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō; San Jose California USA [ID #01004], endorsed by Cornell Watson.
  • 1999 May 5 – Successfully auditioned for Dojo Grade of 1st Dan [初段 – Shodan Shinsa]: Board of examiners – Chieko Huse, Brian Douglas; SoRano Gōjū-Ryū Karate (IKGA North America block affiliate); Fairfield California USA [ID #01004].
  • 1999 May – Men’s open division advanced Kumite 4th Place AAU Western Regional Trials and 13th annual Yoshida Cup International Karate Invitational tournament, hosted by Yoshida Junki and Jay Farrell, Mt. Hood Community College Oregon.
  • 1999 April – Participant: Osamu Ozawa International Karate-Dō Gasshuku / Seminars [Teruo Chinen – Gōjū-Ryū Kata], Las Vegas Nevada USA.
  • 1999 April – Men’s Open Advanced Kumite 4th Place; Osamu Ozawa Memorial Shiai / Tournament; Las Vegas Nevada.
  • 1999 March 11 – Men’s +80 Advanced Kumite Gold Medalist USANKF Northern California; Stockton California USA.
  • 1999 February – Men’s Heavy Weight Silver Medalist AAU California Qualifier. Sacramento California.
  • 1999 January – Registered for annual USANKF Membership ID#: Membership card not received.

 

—1998—

  • 1998 November – Participant, Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gōjūkai [JKF Gōjūkai; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会]; Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai 全日本剛柔流空手道誠和会 Gasshuku and Meetings: Hosted by Vassie Naidoo; Santa Monica, CA.
  • 1998 October 10th – Men’s Light Heavy Weight Advanced Kumite Gold Medalist; 11th Annual FSKA [Funakoshi Shotokan Karate-Dō Association].
  • 1998 October 10th – Men’s 2nd Dan [Nidan] Kata division, Silver Medalist; 11th Annual FSKA [Funakoshi Shotokan Karate-Dō Association] International Karate Championship; Cupertino California.
  • 1998 September – Participant: Annual Neutral Territory Invitational Karate Tournament hosted by The Daly City Police Shotokan Karate Club and AMAS [Joji Mercado & Emil Valdez] winning the Men’s Advanced Heavy Weight Kumite Gold Medal [Chief Referee – James Fields] and Men’s Advanced Kata Silver medalist; Daly City California.
  • 1998 August – Began teaching, in Daly City California, the first classes of what would later become the ‘Academy for Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō & Bujutsu”; a Kenkyukai [剛柔流 空手道 武術の研究会] located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • 1998 August – Participant: USANKF National Karate-Dō Federation Championships seminar series. Ridgely Abele – Kumite, Seiji Nishimura – Kumite; New Orleans Louisiana USA.
  • 1998 August – Men’s Advanced Kumite 80+ Kilo – 4th Place defeated by Doug Selchan; USANKF National Karate-Dō Federation Championships; New Orleans, Louisiana USA.
  • 1998 August – Bunkai / Team Performance [Team Sanchin – Brian Douglas and JP Williams] Silver Medalist USANKF National Karate-Dō Federation Championships; New Orleans, Louisiana USA.
  • 1998 August – Participant: JKF Gōjūkai California Gōjū-Ryū Seminars Directed by Ōhga Takeo 大賀武雄, Motomasa Mayama 間山統正, Shuji Tasaki [田崎修司], Akira Shiomi 塩見 明, Yoshihiro Hisanaga 久永 義弘, Seiichi Fujiwara 藤原聖一, Leo Lipinski, Hosted by Vassie Naidoo, Tak Hamabata; Santa Monica California USA.
  • 1998 July – Commenced training under the guidance of Vassie Naidoo; Japan Karate-Dō Federation Gōjūkai [JKF Gōjūkai; 全日本空手道連盟剛柔会]; Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai 全日本剛柔流空手道誠和会; California USA [Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seiwakai USA chartered].
  • 1998 July – Participant: Okinawan Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Seminars; Rodney Hu; Solomon Kupahu – Stockton California.
  • 1998 June 30 – Attained the Dojo Grade of Interim 2nd Dan [Nidan-ho]: Board of examiners – Cornell Watson; Fr. Robert Gray; Nippon Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō; San Jose California USA [ID #01004], endorsed by Cornell Watson.
  • 1998 June – Successfully auditioned; Grade of 1st Dan [初段 – Shodan Shinsa]; European Karate-Dō Governing Body [EKGB]: Board of examiners – Leo Lipinski; London UK.
  • 1998 April – Participant: Osamu Ozawa Gasshuku / Seminars [Teruo Chinen – Kata], Las Vegas Nevada USA.
  • 1998 April – Men’s Open Advanced Kumite 4th Place [field of 146 for the division] loosing to John Fonseca; Osamu Ozawa International Karate-Dō Shiai / Tournament; Las Vegas Nevada.
  • 1998 April – Formally accepted editorial and technical duties of Gōjū-Ryū.com [through September 2001] where intellectual works remain published.
  • 1998 March – Gold Medalist; Men’s +80 Advanced Kumite USANKF Northern California; Stockton California USA.
  • 1998 February – Unplanned 3 days extensive training at the Okinawa Jundōkan Dōjō 沖縄純道館道場.
  • 1998 January – Registered for annual USANKF Membership ID#: CA50718.

 

—1997—

  • 1997 November 29 to December 2 – Participant: IKGA [International Karate-Dō Gōjūkai Association] Gasshuku Seminars [Goshi Yamaguchi]; Ginásio do Ibirapuera indoor sporting arena in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • 1997 October – Silver medalist; Men’s Kata 1st Dan [Shodan] Division, 10th Annual FSKA [Funakoshi Shotokan Karate-Dō Association] International Karate Championship; Cupertino California.
  • 1997 October – Silver medalist; Men’s Light Heavy Weight Kumite 1st Dan [Shodan] Division, 10th Annual FSKA [Funakoshi Shotokan Karate-Dō Association] International Karate Championship; Cupertino California.
  • 1997 September – Organized and participated: San Jose Invitational Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Gasshuku [Rodney Hu, Solomon Kupahu, Cornell Watson]; San Jose California.
  • 1997 August 17 – Gold medalist; Annual Neutral Territory Invitational Karate Tournament hosted by The Daly City Police Shotokan Karate Club and AMAS [Joji Mercado & Emil Valdez] – Men’s Advanced Heavy Weight Kumite and Men’s Advanced Kata Silver medalist; Daly City California.
  • 1997 August – Bronze medalist; Men’s Heavy Weight Kumite, 4th Annual IKF Sacramento Tournament; Hosted by John Limcaco, Sacramento CA.
  • 1997 June 30 – Successfully auditioned for Grade of 1st Dan [初段 – Shodan Shinsa]: Board of examiners – Cornell Watson; Fr. Robert Gray, Nippon Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō; San Jose California USA [ID #1004].
  • 1997 June – Submitted required thesis for Dojo 1st Dan [Shodan] Shinsa which included a historical outline of Karate-Dō and Gōjū-Ryū. The thesis required twenty pages however the final submission was three hundred pages and would later become the template for Gōjū-Ryū.com, GōjūRyū.net and the Chronological timeline.
  • 1997 June – Participant: Hayashi-Ha Seminar; Tournament. Kata Seminar Takeshi Uchiage; Kumite Seminar Bob Allen, San Diego California.
  • 1997 May 17 – Gold medalist; Men’s Open Advanced Kumite – US Hakua Kai 25th Annual Karate-Dō Shiai, Hosted by Bernard Edwards; Foster City California USA.
  • 1997 April – Participant: Osamu Ozawa Gasshuku / Seminar; Teruo Chinen, Las Vegas Nevada USA.
  • 1997 April – Commence training with Chieko Huse, Mark T. Douglas and Brian T. Douglas; Sorano Gōjūkan – Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō IKGA [International Karate-Dō Gōjūkai Association North American Block affiliate] Fairfield California USA.
  • 1997 January – Inked
  • 1997 January – Registered for annual USANKF Membership ID#: CA42943.

 

—1996—

  • 1996 December 7 – Successfully re-auditioned* Dojo Grade of 1st Dan Interim [Shodan-ho Shinsa]: Board of examiners – Cornell Watson; Fr. Robert Gray; Nippon Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō San Jose California USA; Certificate dated 1997 January; ID #1004.
  • 1996 October – Okinawa Jundōkan 沖縄純道館 and Singapore trip to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Karate-Dō.
  • 1996 October – Gold medalist; Men’s Kumite Advanced Division, 9th Annual FSKA [Funakoshi Shotokan Karate-Dō Association] International Karate Championship; Cupertino California.
  • 1996 July 20 to August 4 – Combat Sports ground assistant 1996 Olympic games, ‘loaned’ to USA Judo team and USA Boxing team as heavy weight training stand-in (with Jones N -91k Boxing, Pedro J -71k Judo), Atlanta Georgia USA.
  • 1996 June – Participant: Stockton Invitational Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Gasshuku [Rodney Hu, Solomon Kupahu, Cornell Watson]; Stockton California.
  • 1996 May 15 – Initial Shodan Shinsa Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō / Nippon Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō; San Jose California: Board of examiners – Cornell Watson; Fr. Robert Gray – Grading unsuccessful*.
  • 1996 January 27 – Initial membership; USANKF National Karate-Dō Federation [member of the United States Olympic Committee].

 

—1995—

  • 1995 December – Initiated writing a required twenty page thesis [Shinsa requirement] which included a historical Chronology of Karate-Dō and Gōjū-Ryū. The final Three Hundred page thesis would later become the histrory template for GōjūRyū.net, then depreciated and updated for use as Volume 1 Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Desk Reference 剛柔流空手道 参考書 – Introduction & Historic Chronology 武道, 武術の歴史 distributed by Amazon and major book retailers.
  • 1995 November – Began teaching Gōjū-Ryū under the guidance of Cornell Watson; Nippon Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō; San Jose California.
  • 1995 October 8th – Gold medalist; Men’s Kumite Advanced Division, 8th Annual FSKA [Funakoshi Shotokan Karate-Dō Association] International Karate Championship; Cupertino California.
  • 1995 April 27 to 29 – Competition finalist +90k: US National Judo Championships. Annapolis Indiana.

 

—1990 to 1994—

  • 1994 October – Participant: Jundōkan International 縄純道館国際 Seminar; Teruo Chinen – Kata, Miami Florida USA.
  • 1994 August – Competition Participant: “Jim Mathers Grand Championships”, San Jose California.
  • 1994 June – Returned to training with Cornell Watson at Nippon Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō; San Jose California. Member ID # 01004.
  • 1994 July 2 – 1st Californian “Bouncer of the Year” recipient; San Jose California.
  • 1994 April to May (Golden Week) – Travel to Japan and Okinawa with toddler son. Events included visiting the Jundōkan Dōjō 純道館道場 and meeting Miyazato Ei’ichi 宮里栄一 per introduction facilitated by Chuck Merriman. This journey was not for Karatedō training however many photos and data obtained eventually became essential and included for research and publication in “Volume 1 Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō Desk Reference 剛柔流空手道 参考書 – Introduction & Historic Chronology 武道, 武術の歴史.
  • 1993 April – Experimental training with Budo Taijutsu Bujinkan [Masaaki Hatsumi – Takamatsu Toshitsugu Lineage], Milpitas CA.
  • 1992 December 7 – Successfully Auditioned the Grade of Ee Dahn 교사님 Kyo Sa Nim: Examiner – Byong So; Kuk Sool Tae Kwon Do; San Jose California USA.
  • 1991 July – Competed and miserably lost in “Silver Chips” full contact competition; Reno Nevada USA.
  • 1990 April – Commenced training Kuk Sool Tae Kwon Do with Byong So; ; San Jose State University Intramural Club, San Jose California USA.
  • 1990 February – Performed Kata and sparring [kumite] for the Japan character design team artists creating digital animations for “Street Fighter” [Capcom Released 1991], Santa Clara California [Silicon Valley]. The original animations, beginning from 1987 would continue through the evolution of the video game series with Street Fighter II’: Champion Edition (1993), Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991), Street Fighter II’ Turbo: Hyper Fighting (1992) and further adaptations in Street Fighter III.
  • 1990 January – Competition Finalist “Long Beach Internationals”, Long Beach California.

 

—1985 to 1989—

  • 1989 November – Competition finalist “Pacific Coast Grand National Championship”, San Diego California.
  • 1989 August – Competition participant: “Jim Mathers California Karate Academy Grand Championships”, San Jose California.
  • 1988 September – Research training in Shindo Yoshin Ryu under the guidance of Yukiyoshi Takamura, Nihon Machi San Jose CA.
  • 1988 August – Competition participant: “Stanford Martial Arts International Grand Championships”, Stanford California.
  • 1988 July – Training with Byung So; Kuk Sool Tae Kwon Do; Dojang Suh San Jose California.
  • 1988 January – Training Matayoshi Kobudo, Shito Ryu, Shotokan Karate-Dō and Kobudo at various local Colleges [while continuing Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō] from San Francisco to San Jose [including Hayward, Cupertino; Saratoga] California USA.
  • 1987 September – Commenced ‘Peace Officer Standards and Training’ (POST) training at De Anza and West Valley colleges (Foothill-De Anza Community College District) after successfully completing San Jose Police Cadets program (Badge #: 185B).
  • 1987 – January – Performed Kata and sparring [kumite] for the Japan character design team artists creating the digital animations for “Street Fighter” [Capcom Released 1987], Santa Clara California [Silicon Valley].
  • 1986 August – Competition Participant: “Stanford National Grand Championships”, Stanford University California.
  • 1986 June – Competition Participant: “Kim’s Martial Arts Championships”, Sunnyvale California.
  • 1985 February – Commenced training with Cornell Watson [1970 USA team member 1st WUKO World Championships; Tokyo Japan] at Nippon Gōjū-Ryū Karate-Dō; Church of Philadelphia – sponsored by Ms. Takahashi Akiko, San Jose California. Member ID # 01004.

 

—1981 to 1984—

  • 1983 May – Jr. Intermediate Competition finalist “Kims Tae Kwon Do Championship”, San Jose California.
  • 1982 May – Jr. Competition finalist: “Ernie Reyes West Coast Tae Kwon Do Championship”, San Jose California.
  • 1982 January – Training with Bo and Jim Buhisan; at “Ernie Reyes West Coast Tae Kwon Do”; Kempo Karate; Tang Soo Do [Moo Duk Kwan – Hwang Kee / Dan Kyu Choi lineage]; Senter Rd Dojang; sponsored by Ms. Takahashi Akiko, San Jose California.
  • 1982 July – Jr. Intermediate Division Competition finalist: “Ernie Reyes West Coast Tae Kwon Do Grand Championships”, Milpitas California.
  • 1980 June – Boxing training at Santa Ynez Indian Reservation, Santa Barbara California [c/o San Jose Children’s Shelter].
  • 1980 – Training in Tang Soo Do; Moo Duk Kwan – Hwang Kee / Dan Kyu Choi lineage with Kevin Hu; Milpitas Boy Scouts Lodge at Sunnyhills United Methodist Church. Dixon Landing Milpitas California [Foster Care – Davidson] sponsored by Ms. Takahashi Akiko, Milpitas California.

 

—1974 to 1980—

  • 1979 – Shochu-geiko 暑中稽古 (Summer training) at San Jose Kodokan Jūdō with Fukuda Keiko Shihan, San Jose California. Sponsored by Ms. Takahashi Akiko [Foster Care – Harrison].
  • 1979 – Continued Jūdō at San Jose Kodokan, San Jose California. Sponsored by Ms. Takahashi Akiko [Foster Care – Harrison].
  • 1976 – Shochu-geiko 暑中稽古 (Summer training) at San Jose Kodokan Jūdō with Fukuda Keiko Shinan, San Jose California. Sponsored by Ms. Takahashi Akiko [Foster Care – Carter].
  • 1976 – Introduced to Jūdō at San Jose Kodokan, San Jose California. Sponsored by Ms. Takahashi Akiko [Foster Care – Carter].
  • 1974 May – Karate training; Frank Ruiz (1934 – 1995) Nisei Gōjū-Ryu Dojo; New York, New York.