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    Hilo Island of Hawaii
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    Peter G. Urban is gone

    <img src="" 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

    Karate Dojo
    P. Urban;PaperbackKarate Dojo : Traditions and Tales of a Martial Art
    Peter Urban;Paperback
    The Karate Sensei
    by Peter Urban

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    San Diego
    Muay Thai & BJJ
    Rest in peace.

    We will carry on the fight.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sifu Rudy Abel
    "Just what makes a pure grappler think he can survive with an experienced striker. Especially if that striker isn't following any particular rule set and is well aware of what the grapplers strategies are".

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    Urban was a wild man....

    Tons of Heart.

    There should be more like him

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    Master Urban has been struggling with illness for a long time. I'm happy he finally found an end to his battle. R.I.P.

    The GM of my style, Joseph Kelljichian, received his 4-9 dan grades from Master Urban and enjoyed a long friendship with him even after he broke away from U.S.A.G.A. taking most of the Floridian chapter with him. Despite some of the bitter disputes that led to the split, the U.S.A.G.F grieves the death of the patriarch of our style. OSU!
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    "The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time."

    -- George Bernard Shaw

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    Alberta, Canada
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    as a member of canadian goju-ryu, and hearing nothing but good things about sensei urban, i hope you rest in peace, and that your spirit and memory will be kept alive by those who knew you.

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    Re: Peter G. Urban is gone

    Originally posted by patfromlogan

    His final act was a Lion like Roar to heaven to announce to his peers and teachers that he was on his way.

    At the risk of speaking ill of the dead (I have never heard of this gentleman, but my branch of Goju isn't through Yamaguchi, it's from Miyazato...but I digress)...I hope he didn't literally do this before dying. This type of image is what I'd expect from...well...McDojo types.

    "Na'h, they should go to old school rules.
    One guy gets sword and sheild, the other gets a net and a trident.
    Lions eat christians between rounds." - Strong Machine

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    No it's manly so shut up.

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    Peter Urban did a lot for martial arts in America. May he rest in peace!

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    Tang Soo Do
    Never Mourn the passing of a great man, for this is not what he would want. Instead mourn the loss of his teachings.

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    Shi Ja Quan
    While I didn't agree with his self promotion to 10th dan, I had the honour and pleasure of meeting Mr.Urban in 1990.
    The man was a Martial artist.
    And that is saying A LOT.
    He lived and breathed his art.
    He was Goju.
    The MA world is diminished by his passing.
    Osss Sensei.
    *Bows with the upmost respect*

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