Dr. Richard Velasquez-Garcia
Kyoshi 8th Dan
Ronin Goju Ryu Kai World Karate Organization
Kyoshi Velazquez born in Caracas, Venezuela on July 2, 1961. He began his martial arts training in 1970 under the tutelage of his older brother Juan Carlos (Venezuelan Aragua State Soccer Pioneer) and black belt in Shorin Ryu and brown belt in Judo. Kyoshi Velasquez and his brother became the pioneers in Karate in the Venezuelan Aragua State under Australian 5th Dan Sensei Glen Bectorel until 1979.
During early 1979, Kyoshi Velasquez, a former Boy Scout, joined the Armed Forces of the Venezuelan ARMY. During his two years tour he became the Self Defense and Karate Instructor of the Army Security Brigade and to the Presidential Honor Guards. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. During this time, he trained in Tae Kwon Do under Instructor Luk, a direct student of Duk Sun Son of Korea. He obtained the rank of Brown Belt. At the time, only three ranks were given, white, brown and black belt. He was Honorable discharged at the end of 1980. During this year, Kyoshi Velasquez started practicing Shotokan at La Casa del Tigre (The House of the Tiger) dojo under Katsuya Ishiyama Otoshi. His obtained a brown belt and represented his dojo at the National Games of Traditional Karate
Winning the gold medal in kata executing Bassai Dai kata.
In 1983, Kyoshi Velasquez became the first black belt in the style of Sansei Goju Ryu Karate under Renshi Kenneth Urrutia in Isla Margarita, Venezuela. During that year Kyoshi Velasquez was also practicing under Hanshi Gijin Hiramatsu of Okinawa Kobudo. Unfortunately, Hanshi Hiramatsu suffered a sudden death due to pneumonia before Kyoshi Velasquez obtains his black belt in Kobudo.
In 1989, Kyoshi Velasquez met for the first time, Hanshi Carlos Montalvo, (at the time a Renshi Yondan) during his visit to Isla Margarita. Hanshi Montalvo was part of the Black Belt Nidan Testing Board of Kyoshi Velasquez. A long lasting friendship was established since that day. Kyoshi Velasquez became the first Venezuelan Sansei Black Belt and the Regional Director of Sansei Goju with nine (9) Venezuelan States under his direction for a total of more than 400 students becoming the Venzuelan National Instructor with more students in Sansei Organization. Kyoshi Velasquez became the first Venezuelan Sansei Tournament Promoter. For reason outside of his control, his relationship with Renshi Urrutia was terminated.
During 1995, Kyoshi Velasquez became a student of Japanese Master, Kansho Shohiro Jibiki of Japanese Goju Ryu and his organization named Kenshokai. For the next four (4) years he became the President and sole Representative of Kenshokai in Venezuela. As a Sandan competed in International Tournaments placing in the first places in all of his encounters and a Kata National Champion. When Venezuela underwent a crisis in their economy and Kyoshi Velasquez nor his students could not meet the financial membership requirements of Kenshokai in Venezuela and as a request of his students Kyoshi Velasquez founded his own Karate organization. He named it International Bushi Ken Kai Goju Ryu Karate Do (means: the Organization of the Warriors fist). Bushi Ken Kai at the time was composed of nine (9) black belts with six (6) dojos in five (5) states with over 1,000 students around Venezuela. During year 2000, the two friends, Hanshi Montalvo at the time a Kyoshi 8th Dan met again with Kyoshi Velasquez and after numerous informal practices, promoted him to the title of Shihan and the rank of 6th Dan in Goju Ryu.
In April 17, 2010, while Hanshi Carlos Montalvo 10th Dan in Ronin Goju Ryu Kai was visiting his black belts members and dojos met with Kyoshi Velasquez in Carrizales, Miranda State in Venezuela. (Note: All the high ranking members of Ronin Goju Ryu Kai in Venezuela obtained black belt ranks from Kyoshi Velasquez during his tenure in Sansei). This encounter was a very emotional one for all the people present at the event. Hanshi Montalvo decides to recognize a Kyoshi Title and an 8th Dan to Kyoshi Velasquez under International Ronin Martial Arts Federation. After doing so, and during a Ronin Kata review meeting the next day, at a local nearby park, Kyoshi Velasquez showed up and requested to be part of Ronin Goju Ryu Kai and to become a direct student of Hanshi Montalvo. His decision was a pleasant surprise to all the Ronin members. Hanshi Montalvo gave a welcome hug to Kyoshi Velasquez witnessed by Shihan William Rodriguez Arteaga (Director of Ronin Goju Ryu in Venezuela), Renshi Juan Carlos Rojas (Director of Ronin Police in Venezuela), Renshi Hans Urdaneta (Assist. Dir. of RP), Renshi Frank Flores (Venezuela National Kata & Kumite Champion), Kyoshi Jesus Lopez (Director of Intern. Ronin).
Kyoshi Velasquez is a Naturopathic Medicine Doctor in his State of Aragua with offices in two other cities and a Medicine Professor at the Asoeducalt University (Asociacion Latinoamerican para los Estudios de Medicina en Modelos Alternativos), San Cristobal, Tachira State, Venezuela. He is a member of the Ronin Brotherhood Board of Advisors. It is anticipated that the remaining members of the International Bushi Ken Kai Karate Do Organization will be joining in the near future our Ronin Goju Ryu Kai World Karate Organization .