Goshin Do/Goshin Jutsu karate rears its silly head again
Looks like the Goshin-Do Karate silliness is starting up again in Greensboro, NC. One Ralph Porfilio, who claims high rank in this "system", is apparently opening a new school there.
History of the style, from here:
Jerry Durant, a Frenchman, was born in Japan sometime around 1925. We do not know for sure because they did not keep birth records back then and his parents, being foreigners, feared he would be killed so they kept his birth a secret and never let details known.
When Jerry was young, his father became friendly with a Samurai Prince name Murikami. Murikami introduced Kungfu to Japan and organized the fledgling Okinawan arts that were recently introduced to Japan into what is now known as Karate. Mutikami was also skilled in Judo, Jujitsu and Aikijitsu. He taught all of the arts to Jerry Durant as a means of paying back the family for thier friendship. Also he feared Jeared Jerry would be killed by the Japanese people and wanted to make sure he could always defend himself. Jerry was taight all of the deadliest secrets of the Japanese, Okinawan and Chinese martial arts.
When Jerry moved to the United States sometime around 1969, he found Karate had become very popular. But what was being taught in the US was only sport Karate. The deadly technqiues were taken out. So Jerry organized all of the once secret teachings into what is now known as "Goshin Jutsu". There is "Goshin Jutsu Karate", "Goshin Jutsu Aikijitsu" and "Goshin Jutsu Kenjitus" - which is the deadly art of Samurai Sword Fighting. Master Durant was awarded the title of Kyoto - the only non-Japanese in history to receive this honor.
The Yudan-Shakai, or governing body, promoted Master Durant to 10th Dan in 1974 following the death of his instructor. Ralph Porfilio is one of Durant's students and continues to teach this style in Greensboro, NC .