Takeshi Uchiage

Takeshi Uchiage was born in Osaka, Japan in 1948. He began training informally under his father, Kenzo Uchiage. He began training Goju-Ryu in 1954, at his fathers Dojo in Osaka. He also trained Kenyu Ryu under Master Tadao Nakano at the University of Tenri, where he studied Physical Education. He received a 4th Dan of Kenyu Ryu when he was a University student. He also had a 1st Dan Sumo authority by Japan Sumo Federation when he was a high school student.

In 1971 after he graduated, he became coach of Tenri University Karate club. He came to Canada to teach Goju Ryu Karate and opened the Steveston Karate Club in 1973.

He is currently the Chairman of Goju Ryu Karate-Do Uchiage Kai, which is a member of the J.K.F. Goju Kai . Now Uchiage Kai has Dojos (branches) in Japan, Europe, Australia, Africa, the Indian Ocean, South East Asia, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.

He is currently 7th Dan of J.K.F. which is the highest J.K.F. Dan out of Japan and P.K.F. (Pan-American Karate-Do Federation) technical committee. Also he was formally a Kumite referee and Kata judge of W.K.F.

His wife Kayoko was formally one of the two female Japan National Team members. She presently holds J.K.F. 6th Dan, which is the highest J.K.F. Dan given to a female in Japan. Also their daughter Hidemi is currently a Canada National Team member for both Kata and Kumite.