History of Okinawan Goju-Ryu - Sensei Graham RaveyOct 18, 2021
Sensei Graham Ravey
Graham Ravey Sensei was born on August 25, 1953 in a small town in England called Chesterfield. When Graham was 14 years old, he became very interested in studying karate. Chesterfield was small and there were not many styles to choose from. Eventually Graham found a style called Wada Ryu. During Graham's first lessons in karate, he informed his mother that one day he would go to Japan and study karate and his mother laughed at him. When Graham was 18 years old, he changed over to a style called Goju Kai.
At the age fo 20 years old, Graham decided it was time to go to Japan and seek out some of the old values of traditional karate. This time he told his mother he was going and she did not laugh... she cried. Graham arrived in Japan and within the first week he was introduced to Sensei Higaonna. Graham was so impressed with Sense Higaonna that he immediately changed over to studying Goju Ryu. For one whole year Sensei Higaonna made Graham train every day for about six hours a day and after this time Graham was allowed to take his Black Belt 1st Dan (by this time Graham had been training for over six years). Graham only intended to stay in Japan for one year but that one year eventually stretched into twelve years. Graham worked his way through his grades to 4th Dan - all grades being examined by Sensei Higaonna and all grades being taken in Japan. Graham is the only foreigner to do this.
In 1987, Sensei Graham Ravey was appointed Chief Instructor of Australia and he left Japan to take up permanent residence in Australia.
Later on, Sensei Ravey established the T.O.G.K.A to preserve the old ways of Okinawa Karate.
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