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Yagi Meitoku Sensei
Hanshi, Jū Dan, 10th Dan
1912 — Born on March 6th.
1926 ~ 1953 — Began his training under Miyagi Chōjun Sensei until his teacher's death in 1953.
1956 — Founded the Meibukan School of Okinawa Gōjū Ryū and The Okinawa Gōjū Kai.
1963 — Received the Menkyo Kaiden, as the official successor to the Gōjū Ryū System, as well as Miyagi Sensei's Karate Gi (uniform) and Obi (belt).
1986 — Received the Nigen Kokuho, Living National Treasure, from Emperor Hirohito for his contributions to Okinawan Karate.
1988 ~ 1989 — Chun-Ji (Chinese Chess), Japanese National & World Champion.
1993 — The Okinawan Prefecture awarded him the First Okinawan Karate Prize.
1997 — The Okinawan Prefecture declared him Intangible Cultural Asset.
2000 — Received the Medal of Merit awarded from the Naha City administration.
2003 — Passed away on February 3rd, 2003.
Written by Jimmy Mora