Chuck Merriman was a direct student of both Peter Urban and Chris DeBaise, and was an accomplished Judo competitor. Throughout decades of training and competing, Merriman Sensei became renowned as a tournament champion, event coordinator, and national coach. He expanded his experience beyond Japanese Goju, later melding it with Okinawan influences. As a result, Merriman Sensei has become one of the most sought after resources for insights into Goju Ryu and modern competition.
||__||Merriman Sensei during one of famous kata performances. Merriman Sensei would become a standard on the tournament circuit for presentation and precision of form.|
|In this short interview Merriman Sensei explains some of his ideas on kata, bunkai, and the changse he has seen in karate since he began in the 60s.|
|Merriman Sensei performing the kata Tensho, which is an important part of the Goju Ryu curriculum.|
|This page, presented by USAdojo.com, provides a basic timeline of accomplishments for Merriman Sensei.|
|Merriman Sensei featured on the cover of Masters Magazine. Merriman Sensei contributed a number of articles and interviews to magazines throughout his career.|
|Chuck Merriman featured with a number of other senior martial artists. From left to right: Chuck Merriman (Goju Ryu), Miguel Ibarra (Aikijujutsu), George Alexander (Shorin Ryu), Nick Adler (Isshin Ryu), Ann Marie Heilman (Okinawa Kenpo), Bruce Heilman (Okinawa Kenpo).|