"Our living Webmaster, Sensei James Price "Ol'
Reliable" of Gojulandia South has a lifetime tenure and
appointment by me.
In short he will always be what I call
"An Untouchable" when it
comes to the internet and URBAN GOJUDO website". Peter G.
Price is a 9th degree Black Belt in USA Goju Karate.
He started studying the
Martial arts when he was in his early 30’s.
When work related stress
kept mounting, he was advised to pursue some type of physical
activity to “burn off” that stress. A karate class looked
inviting because it would be something to burn off the stress,
and he would be learning something new as well.
He joined the karate class
provided by the local college, and studied Chito Ryu karate for
several years. Not long after he earned his green belt, he did
what 90% of all new karate practioners do. He quit.
In a short period of time,
Sensei Price started looking for a karate class where he could
renew his training, because he missed the fascination of the
martial arts and that wonderful feeling that his rigorous karate
training gave him.
In 1979, and at the age of
35, Sensei Price finds USA Goju Karate. The teacher was a high
ranking brown belt named Joe Kelljchian, and his first dojo was
in the gym at Piper High School in Fort Lauderdale. Sensei
Kelljchian was a student of Master Joseph Hess, a World Champion
Kick Boxer and a USA Goju Karate Master.
[Today, Grand Master Kelljchian is the founder and leader of
the very large and successful USAGF
(United States of America
Goju Federation) headquartered in the Davie, Cooper City area of
On the first night of
class, Sensei Price removed his Chito Ryu green belt, and began
his USA Goju training as a new white belt.
“Everyone starts at the bottom”.
During the next 17 years of
training two and three nights a weeks (not counting the
participation in seminars and demonstrations), Sensei Price
moved from the back
row of class to the front row, to stand as a proud 4th
Dan, Renshi along side the other senior students in the dojo.
In the late 1980’s Sensei
Price’s employment relocated him to Colorado for a couple of
years, and when he was finally able to return to Florida, the
put him on the other side of the state from Fort Lauderdale
(Cooper City), and his karate family.
In 1989 Sensei Price opened
his Bamboo Curtain dojo at the Dance Theater Academy in
Fort Myers, and had a successful and productive dojo there until
when the time requirements of the “day job’ forced him to close
his commercial dojo. During the next seven years, he continued
teaching some of his junior students
and most of his senior students and black belts at his home dojo
in his garage.
1996 Grand Master Peter Urban accepted Sensei Price as his
and presented him with the Official Goju Hall
In 1998 Maestro Urban
appointed Sensei Price as the webmaster of his official website,
and the UrbanGojuUSA.com web address became
Website and Central Point of Reference from Peter G. Urban, and
Sensei Price worked
diligently developing the website “just the way that Maestro
Urban wanted it”, and through his relationship
with “The Maestro”, Price became a member of Urban’s inner
circle of trusted reliable students.
In 2004 Sensei Price re-built the website to make it easier to
navigate, and re-named the site AmericanGoju.com.
Price is the Director of Operations, emeritus, and a co-owner
of the United States Police Defensive Tactics Association.
specializes in training police, military, karataka, and civilians in
Visit this website at uspdta.com.
Although retired from his
“day job” as a pharmaceutical representative with Abbott
Laboratories, Sensei Price remains
very active. He teaches
Karate, Iaido, and Self Defense classes at his
Pelican Preserve community center in Fort Myers,
is the Curator
(and webmaster) of the
Crooked Garden, the 17,345 sq. ft. butterfly garden in Pelican
and continues as the webmaster to Maestro’s USA Goju Karate
International Honbu website.
October 1, 2011, Sensei Robert DeMott (7th Dan in Professor Remy
Presas's Modern Arnis),
conducted a private Arnis de Mano seminar for Hanshi Price and
his senior student, Kyoshi Vincent Flores.
Hanshi Price is very fortunate that Master DeMott lives nearby
in the same city.
Hanshi is also very fortunate (and grateful), that Master DeMott
is his co-instructor in his self defense
seminars that are taught in the Fort Myers area (see photo's
(1) Kyoshi Vincent Flores, Hanshi Price, Master Bob DeMott
(2) Hanshi Price, Master Bob DeMott, Kyoshi Vincent Flores
2007 Colonial Country Club Self Defense Graduating Classes
The 2005 Self Defense Class certificate presentation & action
photos of the 2008
Karate/Self Defense Course
Pelican Preserve's 2009
PROTECT YOURSELF™ COURSE
(self defense for woman)
January and February graduating class 2009
March graduating class 2009
(front row, far left and far right kneeling) Student assistants,
Jo Holy & Robyn Nelson
Hanshi Price & Kyoshi Bob De Mott, USPDTA apprentice instructor.
The Protect Yourself January and February, 2010 graduating classes
The Graduating Classes of the NEW Staying
Alive 101 for February and March 2010.
The Graduating Classes of Staying
Alive 101 for February 2012.
Hanshi Price's highlighted photo history of his 32+ years
(There are 15 photos in this series. Use the
small arrow on the far right side to scroll through them all.)
New yellow belt in Chito Ryu Karate circa 1976
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Page updated March 16, 2012