The Modern Bujutsu Center Dojo was founded by Dr Marty Manuel.  The dojo has been the home to many outstanding karate and kickboxing competitors.  The roots of the system are founded in a synthesis of Okinawan Goju karate and the USA version of Goju as conceived by O' Sensei Peter Urban.  Grandmaster Manuel, along with his good friend Eddie Andujar, began their amateur and professional kickboxing careers during the 1970's.  Grandmaster Manuel also developed a close relationship with the founder of Modern Arnis, the legendary Grandmaster Remy A. Presas, as well as his son Remy Presas, Jr.  Grandmaster Manuel integrated Modern Arnis into the karate and kickboxing curriculum of the Modern Bujutsu Centers. 

A Little Goju Lineage History - Our Connection to the Roots of the Art

The Naha-Te form of karate was developed by Kanryo Higaonna (1853-1915) in the Ryukyu Islands off the coast of Japan.

Foremost among his students was Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953), who founded the Goju Karate system. 

One of Miyagi Sensei's most renown students was Gogen Yamaguchi (1909-1989). 

In the early 1950's, a young American sailor named Peter Urban (1934-2004) was stationed in Japan and began his karate studies, first with Sensei Richard Kim and later with Yamaguchi Sensei.  Urban returned to the United States and later founded his own style of karate, American Goju.

Our founder, Sensei Marty Manuel (1956-2010) studied under many renown Goju instructors, ultimately earning his Grandmaster rank as a student of O' Sensei Peter Urban.

Higaonna - Miyagi - Yamaguchi - Urban - Manuel