Fourteen years later, in 1881, Kanryo returned to Okinawa and after a period of time he accepted a student named Chojun Miyagi who was formally introduced to Sensei Higaonna by Arigaki Sensei. Miyagi was fourteen at the time and his training began in 1902. It was he who eventually gave this style of martial art the name of Goju Ryu. The name Goju Ryu was chosen by Chojun Miagi as taken from the sixth line of the Kempo Hakku, the eight poems of the fist. It was during Chojun Miyagi's later years that the study and practise of karate began to spread beyond the shores of Okinawa to become formally established in Japan and subsequently opened to the rest of the western world.

One of Chojun Miyagi’s students was Anichi Miyagi, who began his training in 1948 aged sixteen and eventually after the death of his sensei in 1953, continued to teach in his master’s garden dojo. Among those Anichi taught, were Morio Higaonna 8th Dan Goju Ryu, who began his Goju Ryu training in 1955 and along with Gogen Yamaguchi and others went on to teach and train with many western students, including the late Gary Spiers.

Significantly for the purpose of this record, it was Gary Spiers who, at the invitation of Terry O’Neill, brought Goju Ryu to Liverpool in 1969. Gary Spiers opened clubs in Wallasey, Neston, Runcorn and Southport throughout the early seventies, attracting a training membership of seventy or more students. Keith Pace, 5th Dan Goju Ryu, trained under Gary Spiers throughout this period and in his turn began teaching others until he sadly passed away.

Chojun Miyagi