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An'ichi Miyagi Shihan Biography

Anichi Miyagi was born in Okinawa on the 9th of February 1931. When he was fourteen both of his parents died. He was then left with the task of bringing up his two younger brothers. He began his karate training with Chojun Miyagi Sensei in 1948. Such was his devotion to karate and respect for his teacher that he was taken as Uchi Deshi (special student) by Chojun Sensei. During this time Anichi Miyagi practiced all the kata of Goju-ryu along with the basic bunkai and many of the hidden bunkai were also taught to him, he diligently practiced Hojo-Undo, Junbi-Undo and Sanchin to increase his power.

This strict regime went on until the untimely death of Chojun Sensei on October 8th 1953. After a respectful period of mourning for Chojun Sensei, it was decided to continue with the dojo in Chojun Sensei's garden. Many of Chojun Sensei's seniors from before the war helped. Miyazato Eichi assumed the role of dojo head and Koshin Iha was in charge of administration but Anichi Sensei did most of the teaching.

The garden dojo moved to new permanent premises and Anichi Miyagi continued to teach up to the time when he had to move away with his job on an American oil tanker.

Anichi Miyagi is Honorary Chairman of IOGKF and adviser to Morio Higaonna Sensei. We are very fortunate to have this direct line with the founder of Goju-Ryu, Chojun Miyagi Sensei.