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  GIOVANNI DI MEGLIO Shihan  
 

was born in Venice, Italy, on the 18th of May, 1962.
Curious about martial arts, he began studyng Judo under master Paolo Vettor. This lasted until the age of 12 when the "kicking and punching" aspects of Shotokan Karate lured him into the dojo of master Bruno De Michelis (C.S.K.S. S.Marco). At first his family was unsupportive of his decision to study martial arts, so Di Meglio paid for his training by taking any kind of work available. After few years of training, he decide to leave the dojo due to defferences with the teachers. By this time his mother understood that karate was more than a passing fancy, and helped to send him to Padua to train with Gianni Rossato, a master of Goju Italia Karate, Jujutsu and Kobudo. The young Di meglio felt great respect and admiration for his new master, accepting him as a true teacher. He followed master Rossato for years, and even today has a place in his heart for the man who helped him to take his first steps in teaching. At the age of 18, Di Meglio was encouraged to open his own dojo in Venice. With the help of loyal student Bruno Quintavalle he trasformed the shop below his house into the "Samurai Dojo", When he was called to military service in 1982, Di Meglio was assigned to the Friuli Venezia Giulia infantry regiment to control the ex-Yugoslavian border. During a posting in the small town of Cervignano, he took the opportunity to teach karate to soldiers and civilians who wished to learn. As time passed, his group of students grew to the point where he was able to open a new dojo, called the "Goju Club". Today this dojo is known as "Sport Planet".
The next big step for Di Meglio came when he met of the top masters of American Karate, Peter Urban.
The meeting come about through a chain of introductions; first Di Meglio struck up a friendship with master Paolo Colla, who, in 1992 offered Di Meglio the opportunity to practiche jujutsu overseas with master Michael De Pasquale. It was during one of this visits to the US to train at De Pasquale's New York Dojo and the dojo of master Gary Alexander in Edison that he met Peter Urban in Philadelphia, at the "Sensei Urban Monastery Dojo".
"The hours I spend with master Urban led to me understand that now was the time to start again". "To do this, I needed to find one, true Japanese Budo Master".

Up to this point, Di Meglio has had multiple teachers across many discliplines.
"The greatest teaching I took from Sensei Urban was when he said: a student with one true has one true teacher. A student who has more, has nothing".
From then on he started a hard quest of the true traditional martial art values until 1998 ehen, during a seminar in Padua (Italy), he met Shihan Ron Yamanaka the founder of Yudansha Kobujitsu Karate-Doh Federation.
The two agreed that Di Meglio should take part in the YKKF World Symposium in Toronto, Canada. For Di Meglio it was the start of a relationship with a master whorm he came to consider as a father. Shihan Yamanaka did not simply train him in the martial arts, but offered insight and advice in all areas of his life. That same year Di Meglio was made the YKKF Italy President. He gained the trust and respect of students and teachers alike and was made European President in 2000. Then on April 14, 2001 during the Belgium Symposium, he was elected International President. Today, Di Meglio can be considered the leader of the YKKF - a position that for more than 20 years was the role of the founder, Shihan Yamanaka.
He continues to promote the principle of the federation and the traditions of true martial arts with the same sense of honour, devotion, tenacity and professionalism as his teacher did before him.
Since then, Shihan Di Meglio has arranged fruitful collaborations with organisations. To be mentioned is the YKKF alliance with the World Takeda-Ryu Marotokan Federation. As a result of his work, Di Meglio was given the title of 7th dan Kyoshi in Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate an in Yamanaka-Ha Shindo-Ryu Jujutsu during the International Symposium in Hatfield, England, in 2005.
In Italy Di Meglio is considered one of the most knowledgeable master of traditional styles, and is proud to be part of two of the purest traditional disciplines. The firs of these is Okinawan Goju-Ryu, which he can trace his lineage back through Shihan Yamanaka and Eiichi Miyazato to the founder himself, Chojun Miyagi. The second is Shindo-Ryu Jujutsu, with his lineage extends through Hironori Otsuka and Masaru Shintani.
During 45 years of continuous dedicated pratctice, Di Meglio has trained with International Masters such as Gianni Rugliancich (Full-Contact Karate - Italy), Bao Lan (Viet Tai Chi - Vietnam), Roland Maroteaux (Aiki-Jujutsu and Iaido Takeda-Ryu - France) and finally Darren Smith (Shindo-Ryu Jujutsu - Canada).