Luis Morales was born on March 23, 1958. As a child he was fascinated with the martial arts, spending many hours reading the various karate publications such as Black Belt Magazine.
His first real exposure to the Martial Arts came when he was only 8 years old. A family friend introduced him to a Ju Jutsu style called Miyama Ryu. Not knowing that this was the path the The Most High has chosen for him, at the age of 12 years old, during a school lunch break, Sensei Morales was attacked by five older boys. No one came to his aid. It was then that he made the decision that would change his life — he began his formal training in Budo.
Sensei Morales has dedicated his life to the study of Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate and due to his relentless pursuit has a profound knowledge of its Kata and it’s Bunkai. He teaches karate as a complete system, including the essential, but little known, aspects of Tuidi (grab hand) and Kyusho Jutsu (vital points art).
Sensei Morales has trained with the world’s leading Goju-Ryu’s masters. He was a senior student of Master Teruo Chinen, Chief Instructor of Jundokan International, and also a student of Eiichi Miyazato 10th Dan, founder of the Jundokan Dojo and student of the founder of Goju ryu, Grandmaster Chojun Miyagi. Sensei Morales is presently under the tutelage of Hanshi Tetsuhiro Hokama 9th Dan, one of the few still teaching “The Old Ways” of Karate.
Sensei Morales is also a student of Kyusho jutsu (vital points art) and a certified pressure points instructor under Hanshi Tom Muncy 10th Dan and Hanshi Rick Moneymaker 9th Dan founders of the Dragon Society International.
In 1999, after returning from a trip to Okinawa, Sensei Morales realized his dissatisfaction with the path that many Goju Ryu Associations have taken (sport, karate-do, no practical application). He founded The Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate Jutsu Kenkyukai, an Organization dedicated to researching and preserving the “Old Ways,” and teaching Karate with its original intent–for self-preservation.
Sensei Morales’s Dojo advisors are Hanshi Tom Muncy, Hanshi Rick Moneymaker and Hanshi Tetsuhiro Hokama.
On January 5th 2009 Sensei Morales was awarded 8th Dan in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate and North America Chief Instructor Certificate from Hokama Hanshi.
Sensei Luis Morales holds
- North America Chief Instructor for Kenshi-kai Goju-Ryu.
- 8th Dan in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate and Kobu-jutsu.
- The highest Ranking Torite Jutsu Instructor in the Northeastern United States.
- Certified Master Torite-jutsu 7th Dan, 7th Dan in Okinawa Kenpo under Grandmaster Tom Muncy 10thDan and Grandmaster Rick Moneymaker 9th Dan founders of the Dragon Society International, leaders in teaching Kyusho-jutsu and Martial Science.
- Kaicho of The Bugaku Renmei (Martial Science Federation).
- Author of The Sub-Arts Guidebook.
- Karate Advisor to usadojo.com.
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