Hanshi Morgan, 9th Dan, started training in 1975 under Hanshi Herb Johnson, 10th Dan. He trained under Hanshi Johnson until Hanshi Johnson’s passing until 2015 . From 1983 through 1988, he taught and managed studios for Hanshi Johnson. From 1988 to 2016, Hanshi Morgan owned, operated and taught out of his own dojo in Plainfield, Indiana. After Hanshi Johnson's death, the title of "International Style Head" for Shorei Goju Ryu was passed on to Hanshi Phil Morgan by Hanshi Herb Johnson which was documented prior to his death by Hanshi Johnson himself. The title of " Style Head for Shorei Goju Ryu " was given to Hanshi Johnson by Grand Master Trias himself in 1979.
Hanshi Morgan's title has been recognized and endorsed by Hanshi Glenn Keeney, 10th dan, founder and president of " The Professional Karate Commission ", Hanshi Robert Bowles, 10th dan, founder and president of the " International Shuri Ryu Association ", Hanshi John Venson, 9th dan, Shuri Ryu and Kyoshi Eddie Bethea, 8th dan, Shorin Ryu Shorin Kan.
Hanshi Morgan has excelled in all aspects of the Martial Arts. His hard work, dedication, and commitment to the Martial Arts have earned him national recognition as an exceptional teacher, fierce competitor, and administrator.
Teaching is truly Hanshi Morgan’s first love. In addition to being sought after as a speaker/teacher, Hanshi Morgan was honored with the award of “Instructor of the Year” by the Professional Karate Commission (PKC) in 1991.
As a competitor, Hanshi Morgan has been very successful in Kata, Kumite, and Weapons Kata. Hanshi Morgan is a five time National Champion with the PKC, winning these titles in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1994. In 1990 and 1992, he was voted the “Best Competitor of the Year” by the PKC.
He captured #1 in the Nation twice in Kata and Weapons Kata with the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) in 1990 and 1991. In addition, Hanshi Morgan won the title of “Best Overall Black Belt Competitor” both of those years. He is a six time Indiana State Champion, winning those titles in 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1994. In 1996, Hanshi Morgan also received the “Sportsmanship Award”.
After hearing of Mr. Morgan’s success, “Karate Kung Fu Illustrated Magazine” featured him in the “Competitor Profile” May/June issue in 1992.
In 1997, Hanshi Morgan accepted the position of State Director for the PKC working directly with Master Glenn Keeney and was voted “Best PKC State Director” for the years 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.
In 1997, Hanshi Morgan also received the PKC “Humanitarian Award” for his unselfish dedication to the Martial Arts.
In 1997, Hanshi Morgan went to Irvine, California and won Grand Champion in Kata at the “United States Karate Alliance Nationals”. He continued on to New Orleans in the same year to the “USKA World Championships” where he won Grand Champion in Kata and was also inducted into the USKA “Hall of Fame”. Hanshi Morgan repeated his performance in 1998 and 1999.
In 2014, Hanshi Morgan was inducted into the PKC Elite as an Inaugural member.
One of Hanshi Morgan’s most treasured awards is the “Glenn Keeney Excellence Award”,
which was presented to him in 1996 for sustained devotion to Karate-
“I have chosen Karate-