Our Instructors


Aaron Milan-Vega

Personal Info:

Occupation: Full Time Karate Instructor

Karate Info:

Rank: 4th Dan / Yondan (Black Belt)
Started Training: 1993
Grades Obtained:
1st Dan (2004/Yamaguchi Goshi Shihan)
2nd Dan (2006/Yamaguchi Goshi Shihan)
3rd Dan (2013/Fujiwara Seiichi Shihan)
4th Dan (2017/Fujiwara Seiichi Shihan)

Professional Info:

BSc. (Hons) in Multimedia & Digital Entertainment Computing
Japanese / Internationally Recognised 4th Dan Black Belt
Enhanced CRB / DBS Checked


1988 – Born in Essex, England, UK
1993 – Started Yamaguchi Goju-Kai Karate (IKGA) with Mark Adams Shihan in Essex
2002 – Silver in Kata & Bronze in Team Kata, English Championships (EKGB)
2003 – Attended my first European IKGA seminar with Goshi Yamaguchi Shihan in Italy
2004 – Passed 1st Dan under Goshi Yamaguchi Shihan
2004 – Gold in Kata, British Open Championships (TKA)
2005 – Bronze in Kata, World Championships (IKGA)
2006 – Passed 2nd Dan under Goshi Yamaguchi Shihan
2006 – Moved to Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK for university
2006 – Opened Karate club in Newcastle
2007 – Bronze in Kumite & Bronze in Team Kata, European Championships (IKGA)
2010 – Achieved Bachelor’s Degree (BSc. Hons) in Multimedia & Digital Entertainment Computing
2010 – Left Yamaguchi Goju-Kai (IKGA)
2010 – Joined Okami Martial Arts under Ozel Osman Sensei
2013 – Joined Seiwakai International & JKF Gojukai under Leo Lipinski Shihan & Seiichi Fujiwara Shihan
2013 – Passed 3rd Dan under Seiichi Fujiwara Shihan
2013 – Held first open tournament under Okami Martial Arts brand
2015 – Left Okami Martial Arts and established our own club branding – Newcastle Goju-Ryu Karate Academy
2016 – Celebrated 10 year anniversary of Karate club with students, parents and family
2017 – Passed 4th Dan under Seiichi Fujiwara Shihan
2018 – Visited Japan to train under Seiichi Fujiwara Shihan and attend memorial for Leo Lipinski Shihan
2019 – Joined GKC Global under Paul Enfield Shihan & Michelle Enfield Sensei
2020 – Purchased 10-year lease on full-time Dojo premises during coronavirus pandemic
2022 – Travelled to California to spend time training with Paul Enfield Sensei & Michelle Enfield Sensei

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