Shihan James Rousseau (9th Dan)

James Rousseau began his karate training in 1960/1961 and after training in Japan gained his Shodan in 1963. In 1966 he met Sensei Morio Higaonna and became hooked on Okinawan Goju-Ryu karate.

He came to the United Kingdom in 1974, as a 5th Dan, and established two Dojos in Oxford before returning to South Africa some six months later. After Sensei James returned to South Africa, his brother, Peter, led the British Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Association (BGKA). BGKA was the forerunner of the English Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Association (EGKA) which was formed under the guidance of Sensei James Rousseau.

In July 1979, along with Sensei Higaonna and Sensei Teruo Chinen, he founded the International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation (IOGKF) in Poole Dorset.

Sensei James had taken a back seat in EGKA whilst he built his Chiropractic business and it was being run by Sensei George Andrews, Sensei Ernie Molyneux and Sensei Len Sim. The inevitable tensions, on Sensei James taking on a more active role, led to a split in the organisation and the formation of Goju-Ryu Karate-Do International (GKI) in 1993. The founder members of GKI included Senseis Len and Henrieheta Sim, Gary Weber, Paul Stiffle, John Boyle, Paul Coleman, Steve Thomson, Craig Nevitt, Blaise Mellise, Kevin Nason, Tim Cooper and Dave Thompson.



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