Robert Oliver, Hanshi - Kudan - (9th Degree)
Mr Oliver began his Ketsugo Goju-Ryu training with Shodai Jay Trombley in 2002. After watching a two-day black belt test he signed up
the next week. It was a demonstration of Sanchin kata, the central kata
of Goju-Ryu, that impressed him the most. Training in all aspects of Ketsugo Goju-Ryu, Hanshi
particularly enjoys working with traditional Okinawa weapons: bo, sai,
tonfa, nunchaku, and kama.
Instructing is an active part of training and Hanshi enjoys helping
students understand the mental focus as well as physical aspects of
He feels that teaching karate allows one to continue a rich and traditional art form
and is a testament to one's own instructors.
In June of 2012, Mr Oliver opened his own dojo, Oliver Karate Academy in Bedford Texas. Upon the retirement of his instructor, on October 6, 2016 Shodai Jay Trombley promoted Mr Oliver to 9th Dan and successor of the Ketsugo Goju-Ryu karate system.