<img src="http://www.louangel.com/photos/gallery/urban.gif" align=left>GrandMaster Peter G. Urban, Ph.D. passed away early morning, April 7, 2004.
He Lived Unfraid, and he Died Unfraid!
His final act was a Lion like Roar to heaven to announce to his peers and teachers that he was on his way.
Urban recognized mcdojo's before many of us were around:
"Then there are those who view their own dojos as a GYM designed to make money and serve a lot as a babysitter and confidence builder for their kids."
Peter G. Urban
"...The question I always get is who takes my place or fills my shoes or takes over when I am gone. I shall give you his name right now: "MR. NEMO" will be the supreme founding grand patriarch when my time comes. In the ancient Latin language the word (nemo) means nobody. Yes, that's correct. I have raised each and every one of you who have in some cases been loyal and satisfied with me for over forty years, to be your own person and that your personal dojo and your personal students will always be untouchable by anyone but you. They are your life's work as you are still part of my life's work..."
Goju-Ryu in America
In 1952, a young Greek-American, Peter G. Urban Sensei, enlisted in the United States Navy. (He'd already started with jj and boxing) While stationed in Japan, Urban Sensei began his studies of Goju-Ryu under the direction of Gogen Yamaguchi Sensei—the cat. He spent the next 7 years training under the direction of Japan’s greatest Karate-ka—Yamaguchi Sensei, Masutatsu Oyama Sensei, and Richard Kim Sensei, respectively. After his discharge, Urban Sensei left Japan, and in 1959 opened his first studio in Union City, New Jersey. In 1967, he left the Japanese and incorporated USA Goju-Ryu. He has trained or supervised some the United States greatest Karate practitioners, and has been instrumental in the development of a myriad of Goju-Ryu organizations. Some of these organizations are among the largest and most respected in the world. He is singularly responsible for propagating Goju-Ryu in the United States. American Goju-Ryu is America’s one true, indigenous style. Given the mother organization, and its many subdivisions, USA Goju has few rivals in scope and number of practitioners. If it were not for his vision and courage, many organizations would be non-existent.
Black Belt Magazines
MAN OF THE YEAR 2003
P. Urban;PaperbackKarate Dojo : Traditions and Tales of a Martial Art
The Karate Sensei
by Peter Urban