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November 20, 2017



CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

Shihan Bob Smith


Sensei Smith began his karate training in New York City in 1967. He studied various martial arts including Tae-kwon do, Kung-Fu, and Jui Jitsu. It was after Meeting Master Rico Guy, a master of Goju-Ryu Karate, Kempo and Iaido (the way of the Japanese Sword)that he decided to pursue Goju-Ryu Karate.

Sensei Smith has been teaching in Bermuda since 1980 and has made a point of educating himself in related subjects. He has received a certificate for sports injuries, diagnosis and treatment from the Bermuda College, coaching certification from the American Coaching Effectiveness Program and a sport karate judge certification from the Pan American Union of Karate Do Organizations (PUKO).
He has served as President of the Bermuda Karate Do Association, the Bermuda Martial Arts Commission and the Bermuda Martial Arts Federation.

Although he is semi-retired from tournament competition he is a 4 time Kata Champion, 3 time Weapons Champion and a 4 time Impact challenge(a striking power competition) Champion. He has been a member of 3 National Teams including the team sent to the 1995 Pan-Am Games in Argentina which was karates' first appearance in the Pan-Am Games.

Sensei Smith is currently a 5th degree Black Belt and the chief instructor in Bermuda for the International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation (I.O.G.K.F.). The IOGKF is established in over 45 countries and is headed by Master Morio Higaonna, who is one of the most knowledgable and dynamic instructors in the world today.

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