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Koshin Iha Passes Away

by Michael Galose

I regret to inform my friends at the GKK that Koshin Iha, senior student of Miyazato Sensei, and former student of Miyagi Sensei, has died. Koshin Iha was the chairperson of The Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Do Kyokai, a kaiha which is a collective of Okinawan organizations and dojos dedicated to the preservation, propagation and practice of Goju Ryu. The OGKK has branch dojos throughout the world. Mr. Iha helped lead Goju Ryu from the post WWII world, the industrial era into the millennium. Simply put, Iha Sensei forged the way from the post World War II perception of karate as seen solely as an Okinawan/Japanese self-defense system, into the modern perception today that karate-do is a cultural gift to the world from Okinawa, which has self defense, artistic, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual components. Sensei Iha's teachings, like all great mejins, will live on through his students!