75 South Greeley Ave.
Chappaqua, NY 10514
Grandmaster Chojun Miyagi was born on April 24, 1888 in NAHA, the captial of Okinawak. He started training karate at the age of 14. He trained in the small city of Naha under the great master Kannryo Higaonna. Higaonna's system was extremely hard and, although many students jointed, Miyagi was the only one who remained as a student. Higaonna died in October 1915. Miyagi traveled to China and studied soft forms of Kung Fu. He combined the hard forms of Karate with the soft forms of Kung Fu and founded "Goju Ryu."
Ejichi Miyazato was born in 1922 and began training karate at the age of 13. He trained with Chojun Miyagi for many years. After Myiagi’s death in 1953 as assistant instructor at the time, he became head instructor, assuming responsibility for not only the dojo but also the technique, students and the future of Goju Ryu Karate. He then built a new dojo called Jundokan (in the way of father) in Naha, in 1957. Sensei Miyazato had thousands of karate students all over the world. The atmoshere at Jundokan is relaxed and friendly but very serious. Senior ranking students are always around to give valuable advice, students work mostly by themselves, practicing kata over and over. Makiwara trainin, traditional weights and Kakie (pushing arms) are done everyday. The dojo is open everyday from 6am - 10pm. Sensei Miyazato passed away Dec 11th, 1999 at the age of 77. The dojo is now run by his son, Kancho Yoshihiro Miyazato.
9th Dan Senior American Student started his karate training while being stationed in Okinawa during the Vietnam War. After hearing others on the small island speak of karate, he decided to try it. He was told by the native Okinawans to go to Asato Dojo (Jundokan). Upon his arrival he was introduced to Sensei Miyazato and began his training. Sensei Mancuso was dedicated and trained seven days of week 4-5 hours each day. In 1967 he was awarded the rank of Shodan Black Belt. Upon returning to the states, Sensei Mancuso opened his first dojo and has been teaching Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate since. In 1988 he was named the New York Sibucho (Senior US Representative) Sensei Michael Mancuso keeps in close contact with the Jundokan and visits Okinawa every year.
Mark started his training in Goju Ryu Karate in 1977, in Valhalla under Sensei Michael Mancuso. From his very first class he knew he would train karate for the rest of his life. After many years of intense training he received his Black Belt in 1983. Sensei Mark opened his first Dojo in North tarrytown, NY in 1984. Then moved his Dojo to Chappaqua, NY in 1992 where he still teaches. In 1989 he visited Jundokan Dojo in Naha, Okinawa where he trained and was awarded the rank of Sandan (3rd degree Black Belt). In 2000 he was promoted to Godan in Okinawa and in 2008 to Rokudan (6th degree B.B.) Sensei Mark dwyer is a senior ranking student under Sensei Michael Mancuso.
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