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Welcome to our web site. It has been established to bring you information on the traditional karate seminars that we organize in conjunction with the Okinawa Karate Do Rengokai, Okinawa Karate Kobudo Renmei, and Karate Do Kenkyukai  which are held each Spring and Autumn in the Okinawa Budokan (Hall of Martial Virtue) in Naha, Okinawa, Japan.

These events are very special in that they are taught by the greatest living masters of traditional karate to small classes in the purpose built martial arts headquarters of Okinawa (photo right). They are open to students of all styles and levels of ability—the only entry requirements are a desire to learn genuinely traditional karate, and a willingness to work hard. For Okinawan TV coverage of this event please go here.


Karate-Do Kenkyukai

Classical Fighting Arts magazine is the only professionally produced magazine to publish serious martial arts material exclusively. Supported by the best known and most respected writers and instructors in the world of genuine martial arts, it is published quarterly in the U.S., and distributed internationally. (

The Karate Do Kenkyukai Educational Foundation is a Private Charity registered with the IRS as a 501(c) (3) NPO (Non Profit Organization). Its specific objectives are the preservation and dissemination of information derived from the study of the military arts of Japan, China, and the Okinawan archipelago. (

Train With the Best and You Become the Best!

Minoru Higa, 10th Dan Hanshi Kobayashi Ryu
President of the Okinawa Shorin Ryu
Karate-do Kyudokan Association

The Karate-Do Kenkyukai and CFA magazine organize and sponsor these seminars at the Okinawa Budokan to allow motivated karate instructors and students to train with the best teachers in the world. This accelerates their progress and deepens their experience, while preventing or eliminating bad training habits that lead to ineffective karate technique.

Under normal circumstances it would not be possible to even meet these teachers, let alone train with them. However, CFA magazine and the Kenkyukai make it possible for you to study with them in small classes, and even receive personal instruction in their own private dojos.

There are no restrictions on style, experience, or grade for our seminars. Everyone is welcome to train at the birthplace of karate, with senior instructors. You will benefit from training in an atmosphere so friendly it could only be in Okinawa, and experience an island, a people, and a lifestyle you will never forget!


In the Footsteps of Funakoshi - The Ultimate in Shotokan Training, Spring 2016

This landmark event will follow the route Gichin Funakoshi took from Shuri, Okinawa, to Tokyo, Japan, almost one hundred years ago when he and other karate pioneers introduced karate into Japan. However, we will make his journey in reverse by flying to Tokyo to train at the JKA World Headquarters, (left) and other Shotokan dojo in this exciting metropolis of 32,000,000 people. Then, after visiting important karate sites, continue our journey to Okinawa to practice the karate Funakoshi Sensei studied as a young man with Masters Azato and Itosu.

With luck, the cherry blossoms will be in bloom when we pay our respects to Funakoshi Sensei at his memorial in the grounds of Engakuji Temple, Kamakura, and the amazing emerald green of East China Sea will welcome us as we land at Naha International Airport on the Island of Karate.

For full details and to register for this event, please click here.

Testimonials of CFA Seminar Alumni

"I had been dreaming of visiting Okinawa since the very day I started practicing Martial Arts. This trip is one where I was expecting to have an incredibly spiritual as well as technical experience with my Karate and it surely didn’t disappoint, on the contrary, it was one of the most gratifying and growing experiences I have had in my journey through the martial arts. Before it was over, I had already told my students to start saving for 2016 and look forward to being back at least every two years all things permitting, Thank you to Uehara Sensei as well as Miyuki Sama for being such gracious hosts. I finally understood the true meaning of Ichariba Chode. Thank you CFA for letting me connect with the roots of my Karate through amazing instructors as Kurashita Sensei and Kuba Sensei. Hope to see you soon..."
Jorge Rodrigues Puerto Rico

"This was my second trip to Okinawa with CFA, the trips separated by four and one half years. In each case, I have been inspired by the participants who choose to engage in these seminars; they are of like mind and full of the warrior spirit, good nature and sincerity that are the real product of a life-long commitment to the martial arts. The recognition by the Okinawans, notably by all of the instructors and their assistants, of the special heritage of Okinawan karate is enlivening and to be lauded by all who study the arts. The humility and generosity of the senior Dans should be considered archetypal behavior in any walk of life.  And finally, to you, Miyuki San and the rest of your cohort; job well done!

This trip is a holistic experience that is more than just the training, more than just a visit to an exotic land far away, and more than just getting to meet  progenitors of the Okinawan martial arts. Indeed, it is an enriching experience that encourages deeper personal study of the arts and, in some way, warms one’s soul."
Rich Arter. Ohio, USA

"Classical Fighting Arts was a gateway for me to live out a lifelong dream.  Or so I thought.  From the minute I arrived on the island of Okinawa, I knew I had found something akin to ‘home’ and I wanted more. Much more.  I arrived with my partner in April 2013 and we weren't really sure what to expect, we were naive and we would have been very lost had it not have been for the excellent staff at CFA.  They look after you like you are family. And to some extent you really are family here in Okinawa (I say that as I am on Okinawa as I write this testimonial) where they people really are like nothing else on earth.

This tiny island is nothing short of amazing in every way and is the birthplace of Karate.  A holy grail for any serious karateka and the CFA team have captured the spirit and essence of the place fantastically for you, giving you the full treatment and experience, all while letting you have access to Instructors of pure pedigree and absolute skill. What these people don't know isn't worth knowing.  And what they do know is honed and trained to levels you can only dream of achieving. The sheer strength, power, speed and knowledge of these instructors has to be seen to be believed. They are devastatingly accurate and extremely deadly, yet gentle, patient teachers, who cannot do enough for you.

This is my third time in a row now on the seminars (3 times in 12 months) and I will keep coming back for more. I’ve made wonderful contacts and friends and been privy to the teachings of the true masters of Okinawan Karate.

Don't dream the dream. LIVE the dream. In Okinawa, with CFA Seminars."

Darrel Bedford. West Yorkshire, UK

“…Happy and grateful to have been part of this year’s seminars. It was indeed more than I had anticipated!”
— Robert O’Toole, Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada

"A truly life-long dream was realized…I am eager to return."
Warren Graham, NC USA

“The Instructors were unbelievable. I have never met a group of people more humble, who have such good reason not to be!
Ray Walter, St. Louis, MO USA


Read what 2010 Alumni David Isenberg has to say about the CFA Okinawa Karate Seminars in Asia Times:


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Latest News


In the month of July 2015, 100,769 visited our Facebook page to learn from CFA magazine the latest information about the best classical instructors In the world. 

A New Page with full details of the
Goju Ryu Centenary 1915 - 2015 in Naha this year can be found here, There is also an application form that can be filled in on line and automatically submitted here. This is a very important event that should not be missed and at which the top Goju Ryu Masters in the world will be teaching including Morio Higaonna 10th Dan, Zenshu Toyama 10th Dan, Eiki Kurashita 10th Dan and Yoshio Kuba 10th Dan.

More than 500 international students from Australia, Bahrein, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, Ireland, Kuwait, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, the United States, and United Kingdom, have already graduated from this program and received certificates of completion. To satisfy demand from the international karate community, multiple seminars are now held every April and October at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan.

The Karate-Do Kenkyukai...
...confirms that senior instructors will be available to teach at the Budokan in 2015. These include, but are not limited to: Morio Higaonna 10th Dan Hanshi Goju Ryu; Minoru Higa 10th Dan Hanshi Kobayashi Ryu, Seisho Itokazu, 9th Dan Konan (Uechi) Ryu, 8th Dan Matayoshi Kobudo; Yoshio Kuba, 10th Dan Hanshi Goju Ryu; Zenpo Shimabukuro, 10th Dan Hanshi Shorin Ryu; Hirokuni Yamashiro, 9th Dan Uechi Ryu; Tsuyoshi Uechi, 9th Dan Isshin Ryu Ryuko Tomoyose 10th Dan Hanshi Uechi Ryu, Tsutomu Nakahodo, 10th Dan Hanshi Uechi Ryu, Zenshu Toyama 10th Dan Goju Ryu, Takenobu Uehara 10th Dan Hanshi Uechi Ryu.

We will arrange private bus tours...
...of Okinawa again this year for our members. Please e-mail me with your requirements, specifically sites that you would like to visit: Shuri Castle, Tama Udun, Chojun Miyagi Memorial, Gichin Funakoshi Memorial, Fukushu-En Chinese Garden, Shikina En Royal Summer Palace, Itoman Peace Park, Ryukyu Mura, Gyokusendo Caves, Shuri Castle, Murasaki Mura, Manzanou, Churaumi aquarium, Motobu Native Village, Chan Mi homesite (Hijagawa Bashi), Japanese Imperial Navy’s Command Bunker, Seifa Utaki.

If you wish to train at the private dojos of senior instructors, please let us know well in advance. Most are rather small and can accommodate only a few visitors at a time.

Goju Ryu Centenary
October 3rd -13th 2015
At the: Okinawa Budokan, Naha City,
Okinawa, Japan 900-0026

In the Footsteps of Funakoshi
March 26th – April 6th 2016
At the JKA World HQ in Tokyo &
The Okinawa Budokan, Naha City,
Okinawa, Japan 900-0026

CFA Liason: David Chambers: CFA Magazine.
CFA Local Representative: Ms. Miyuki Uehara
CFA Int. Representative (in Japan, and only during the seminars) Tel 80 3991 5610

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This imposing memorial to Kanryo Higaonna and Chojun Miyagi stands in Matsuyama Koen, close to the Fukushu En Chinese  Garden. This is the area of Naha City that in the time of the Ryukyu Kingdom housed Okinawa's Chinese Community, often referred to as the “Thirty-six families.”


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