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Zenshu Toyama, 10th-dan, Goju-ryu Karate

On December 19th, 2020, James and I visited the dojo of Zenshu Toyama, in Awase, Okinawa. Toyama Sensei is 10th-dan, Goju-ryu Karate, and one of the style’s most senior practitioners. We photographed Toyama Sensei in October 2013, but on this day we returned to interview him for Episode 12 of the Sensei: Masters of Okinawan Karate documentary series. As it had been 7 years since our previous visit, we also shot some new portraits.

Zenshu Toyama, 10th-dan, Goju-ryu Karate 當山 全秋 範士十段 剛柔流空手 Photographed December 19th, 2020 at his dojo in Awase, Okinawa.
Zenshu Toyama, 10th-dan, Goju-ryu Karate 當山 全秋 範士十段 剛柔流空手 Photographed December 19th, 2020 at his dojo in Awase, Okinawa training with his daughter Hideko Toyama 7th dan
Zenshu Toyama, 10th-dan, Goju-ryu Karate 當山 全秋 範士十段 剛柔流空手 Photographed December 19th, 2020 at his dojo in Awase, Okinawa training with his student Scot Mertz 7th-dan.
Zenshu Toyama, 10th-dan, Goju-ryu Karate 當山 全秋 範士十段 剛柔流空手 Photographed December 19th, 2020 at his dojo in Awase, Okinawa.
Sensei: Masters of Okinawan Karate Episode 12 filming Zenshu Toyama, 10th-dan, Goju-ryu Karate 當山 全秋 範士十段 剛柔流空手 at his dojo in Awase, Okinawa. (Photo by Scot Mertz.)

Our goal is that Episode 11 with Oshiro Sensei will be released in February 2020 and then Episode 12 with Toyama Sensei will be released in March or April 2020.

Thank you to Toyama Sensei, his daughter Hideko Toyama, Scot Mertz and Andy Sloane for their assistance on the day of the shoot.

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