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DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Three generations of the Brague family all practice Goshin Jutsu Karate; the family feels it’s brought them all closer together to share this common interest. The family is seen here before a recent class at the YWCA in Williamsport. Seated from left are Cali, Michele and Coen, and kneeling from left are Joe and Ryan Brauge.

A family of Masters — one local family has three generations, and 164 years of Karate.

Grandmaster Joe Brague (10th Dan) and Master Michele Brague (8th Dan), owners of Goshin Jutsu Karate, have been practicing Karate for nearly 50 years. The two first met through the Martial Arts, while at a tournament.

Together, they have Joe Brague Jr. and Ryan Brague (6th Dan). Joe Jr. and Ryan earned their Master’s rank in the fall of 2016. Both have trained for 25 years.

Joe Jr. is a Ph.D in Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh and Ryan is a police officer for Williamsport.

“It’s a really rewarding thing to see your kids do the Martial Arts and then put that together with their schooling and attitude towards life — we’re very fortunate,” said Joe.

“We’re all masters, which is very interesting. …Martial Arts is a lifetime of learning and takes dedication and a love of the arts to excel and attain rank,” Michele said.

Now Ryan and his wife, Richele, have their own two children, Coen (age 5) and Cali (age 3) who are training, making them the third generation in the family practicing Karate.

“We’ve been waiting for this — for Callie and Cohen to start. It means the world to us. It really does. It’s so nice to be able to pass it on. And hopefully you know they’ll continue and pass it on. We’re very fortunate,” Michele said.

The Bragues have taught Karate for many years — and have seen other generations of families come through.

The classes teach basic and advanced self-defense, sparring and usage of a variety of weapons, Japanese language and more.

“We love teaching. We have a lot of children. We have people that have kids and they come back — we have several families like that. We’ve been able to see a lot of different generations, not just our own family, but with other Martial Artists. It’s a way of life for us,” Michele said.

With the different aspects that Karate offers, it has become a lifestyle to the family, and to students at Goshin Jutsu Karate.

“Martial Arts is a very rewarding, great family tradition and utilizes the mind, body and spirit — You have to use your mind, body and spirit to achieve what you want to achieve,” Michele said.

“It’s part of what we do. It’s part of our values. It’s part of who we are — It’s everything really. So it’s awesome to be able to do this and share this together,” Michele said.

Goshin Jutsu Karate offers traditional Karate training for adults and children of all ages. For more information on signing up for classes, visit goshinjutsu.org.

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