Classical Fighting Arts Seminars 2017
At the Okinawan Prefectural Budokan September 30 - October 10

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The Okinawa Prefectural Budokan, (right) Onoyama Koen, Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.


CFA Fall Seminars
October 1st - 10th 2017

Train with the greatest living masters of Okinawan karate at the magnificent Okinawan Prefectural Budokan, and the brand new Okinawa Karate Kaikan.

• Make the journey from Tokyo to Naha, Okinawa, in three hours instead of the 4-5 days that it took the karate pioneers by ship.
• Walk the same streets as the karate legends like Chojun Miyagi, Gichin Funakoshi and Kanbun Uechi.
• Study Classical Okinawan Karate, in its birthplace, the beautiful sub-tropical island of Okinawa.
• Take instruction in private juku-dojo, which are, “By invitation only.”
• Visit karate’s historic sites including the monuments to Gichin Funakoshi, Chojun Miyagi, and others.

• Tour the UNESCO historic sites of the Ryukyu Kingdom such as Shikina En, Shuri Castle, Seifa Utaki, the Funakoshi memorial in Naha, etc.
• Participate in the World’s Largest Tug of War (Guinness Book of Records).

Easy, convenient, and fun!

It’s so easy, and so much fun!
This is a full service package. We arrange everything for you from flights to the Sayonara Party. You will train with only the very best and most respected teachers in the most famous dojo, and our own staff will be with you at all times as guides and interpreters. If you are serious about real karate you should take this trip.

If you are an instructor, part or all of your fees may be tax deductible. Please consult your financial advisor. Instructors traveling with groups of ten or more students may qualify for very generous subsidies. Please call us at 1(818) 889-3856 for more information.

Morio Higaonna Sensei


CFA Seminar Members


Leader in the Field
Since 2009, Classical Fighting Arts magazine has organized as many as three major karate events every year in Japan. This experience has allowed us to build an exceptional network of connections with local partners that includes; government agencies, senior instructors, dojo, hotels, restaurants and airlines. Integrating the CFA management team with our commercial partners in Japan, has allowed us to create a level of service, and therefore a martial arts experience, that cannot be equalled.


2017 Provisional Schedule

September 30th

Members arrive at Narita International Airport for the evening flight to Naha, Okinawa.
Transfer by private bus to hotel on arrival in Okinawa.

October 1st

10:00 AM: Naha City orientation including visits to Onoyama Koen,
Okinawa Budokan, Aeon Center, Kokusai Dori, etc.
2:00 PM Welcome ceremony at the Budokan
7:00 PM Welcome Dinner at the Kansha En restaurant, Makishi.

October 2nd

10:00 Training in the Budokan Main Dojo, 10:00 AM - 12:00 - 2:00 PM

October 3rd

8:30 Transfer by private bus to the Okinawa City Budokan.
Training in the main karate dojo, 10:00 AM - 12:00 & 2:00-4:00 PM
Return to Naha by private bus 5:00 PM

October 4th

Training at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

October 5th

Training at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

October 6th

Training at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

PM: Reception at Fukushu-En Chinese garden (weather permitting)

October 7th

Tour of Okinawa by private bus including Chojun Miyagi Memorial, Gichin Funakoshi Memorial, Fukushu En Chinese Garden, Shuri Castle, Itoman Memorial Peace Park, Seifa Utaki.
PM: Sayonara party.

October 8th

10:00 AM Hatagashira (Flag parade and karate demonstrations)
2:00 PM Members can participate in the Naha City Giant Tug of War
(Guinness Book of Records world's largest).

October 9th
Free day - National Sports Day in Japan
October 10th
Leave Okinawa for home

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Tsutomu Nakahodo Sensei,
Uechi Ryu, 10th Dan Hanshi.

One of the most senior living karate masters, Nakahodo Sensei remains extremely strong and active despite being born in 1933. Despite his seniority, Nakahodo Sensei maintains a very muscular technique and beautiful crisp and powerful technique. He is a patient and very attentive teacher.

Morio Higaonna Sensei,
Goju Ryu, 10th Dan Hanshi.

This legendary karate instructor has taught at almost every one of our events since we started in 2009, and is always a great favorite with our members. He has the ability to motivate members to the point where they achieve more than they ever imagined they could.

Minoru Higa Kobayashi Ryu.
The nephew of the legendary karateka Yuchoku Higa, an outstanding student of Choshin Chibana, Higa Sensei is the President of the Okinawa Prefectural Karate/Kobudo Renmei, and a retired insurance company executive. He is known for the physically demanding nature of his training, and his dynamic close fighting skills

Zenpo Shimabukuro
(Shorin Ryu Seibukan) The President of the Okinawa Prefecture Karate Do Rengokai and successor to the Seibukan form of Shorin Ryu karate developed by his father from the teachings of his instructor, the legendary Chotoku Kyan (Chan Mi Gwa). Shimabukuro Sensei has strongly influenced Okinawan karate during his tenure, for example by helping to establish Karate Day as a public holiday.

Tsuyoshi Uechi’s technique is powerful, precise, and clearly the result of many years of arduous training. He is a kind and humble man who is meticulous in his teaching, and incredibly patient with the students fortunate enough to train with him. His hands are huge due to makiwara training, and his front kick something that is marveled at.


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