Goju Ryu Centenary
October 5th - 13th 2015
Okinawa, Japan


Application Form

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


Goju Ryu enthusiasts from all over the world will gather at this beautiful facility for 10 days to train with the very best instructors, attend lectures and conferences, visit important Goju Ryu historical sites, and enjoy book and video signings, parties, and other social events.



• To celebrate the achievements of Kanryo Higaonna Sensei and Chojun Miyagi Sensei.
• To re-unite Goju Ryu practitioners from around the world, and thereby build a foundation for the future.
• To visit the birthplace of Goju Ryu and experience the people and the culture that created it.
• To meet instructors who were taught Goju Ryu by the founder himself.
• To understand the history, and therefore, the technical development of our style.
• To create the foundation of a Goju Ryu organization within the Karate Do Kenkyukai that will serve he interest of enthusiasts internationally.

The magnificent Okinawa Budokan, that is located between Onoyama Park, and the shore of the East China Sea, within easy walking distance of Kanryo Higaonna Sensei’s home and Naha Te dojo in Nishi Machi.

Experience the Birthplace of Karate with CFA Magazine!
• Train in the magnificent dojo of the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan.
• Attend lectures and discussions on Goju Ryu by leading experts.
• Take classes in the private dojo of world famous Sensei.
• Visit Goju Ryu’s most important landmarks.
• Meet living students of Chojun Miyagi Sensei.
• Tour Okinawan historic sites by private bus with other karateka.


Chojun Miyagi Sensei

• Roundtrip airfare from most major international airport hubs.
• Airport-hotel transfer by private bus on arrival in Okinawa.
• Ten days hotel accommodation, (single occupancy & incl. of local taxes) Ten, two hour seminars with senior karate instructors (8th Dan and above).
• Training in famous private dojo.
• Admission to other Centenary events, lectures, symposiums, etc.
• Participation in the O Tsuna Hiki, the Guinness Book of Records,
world’s largest tug-of-war.
• Attending the Ufunnasunei and demonstrations of Classical Okinawan Karate.
• The Sayonara Party with many senior Okinawan Goju Ryu instructors.
• A copy of a limited edition, hard bound edition of Morio Higaonna’s,
The History of Karate - Goju Ryu, printed and bound specifically for this event.

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 generous subsidies. Please call us Toll Free at 1(800) 717-6288 to check.




Since 2009, Classical Fighting Arts magazine has organized at least two major karate events every year in Okinawa. 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 our management team with our commercial partners in Japan, allows us to create a level of service, and therefore a martial arts experience, that cannot be equalled. The Goju Ryu Centenary 2015 will be our largest event to date, and we have therefore sought the assistance of the Karate Do Kenkyukai and its members.


Tentative Schedule

October 3rd

Members arrive at Narita and Haneda Airports, Tokyo, for evening flights to Naha International Airport, Okinawa, where they will be met and transferred to their hotels by our private bus..

October 4th

10:00 AM. Orientation and visit to the Okinawa Budokan.
Welcome ceremony by CFA magazine staff, Okinawan Prefectural Government officials, speeches by dignitaries, and demonstrations. Members will meet their instructors, discuss the training program, and receive their assignments.
2:00 PM. Discussion/Q&A session with senior instructors. Showing of the 1939 documentary Ryukyu Fubutsu, which includes a sequence during which Chojun Miyagi Sensei’s students train (Hojo Undo) and perform kata.
7:00 PM. Welcome dinner at Kansha En Restaurant in Asato

October 5th

9:30 AM Opening ceremony followed by training at the Okinawa Budokan, Rinsei Dojo.

October 6th

Transfer by private bus to the Okinawa City Budokan for training.

October 7th-9th

Training at the Okinawa Budokan, Rinsei Dojos, 2nd and 3rd floors.

October 10th

Visit to the Shuri Castle, the Goju Ryu Monument, Fukushu En Gardens, Shikina En, and the Itoman Peace Park.

October 11th

11:00 AM Banner parade along Kokusai Street starting outside our hotel and including karate demonstrations.
3:00 PM Naha City Giant Tug-of-War (Guinness Book of Records, world’s largest). Our members participate. Venue, junction of Kumoji and Hwy. 58 close to the Kencho Mae monorail station.

October 12th


October 13th

AM Members leave for Tokyo and/or their final destinations. Members training at the JKA in Tokyo fly to Haneda Airport, take the bus to Korakuen, and check into hotel.
PM JKA Group train at the JKA World Headquarters.

October 14th
AM Members leave by Non-stop Limousine Bus Service to either Narita or Haneda airports for their flights home.

Application Form


Event President:
Morio Higaonna Sensei, Goju Ryu 10th Dan, Living Intangible Cultural Treasure of Karate.

Morio Higaonna, 10th Dan Hanshi Goju Ryu, student of An’ichi Miyagi. Probably the best known karate instructor in the world, and the author of numerous DVDs and books on Goju Ryu Karate. Elevated to the status of, “Intangible Cultural Asset” of Okinawa in March 2013.

Senior Advisors:

Zenshu Toyama Sensei, Goju Ryu 10th Dan; …a student of Seiko Higa and Seikichi Toguchi, has been studying Goju Ryu karate for more than sixty years. He is also an accomplished artist, calligrapher, and writer. His seminars are notable for their content such as; self defense on the ground, small man versus large man, and traditional striking techniques as compared with modern.

Eiki Kurashita Sensei, Goju Ryu 10th Dan; Kurashita Sensei studied Shorin Ryu karate in his youth before traveling to the mainland to seek his fortune. On his return to Okinawa he trained with Seiko Higa Sensei, a student of both Kanryo Higaonna Sensei and Chojun Miyagi Sensei, and his student Seikichi Toguchi. After a successful career in automotive marketing he has focused on teaching Goju Ryu karate from his dojo in Urasoe, Okinawa.

Yoshio Kuba Sensei, Goju Ryu 10th Dan. Yoshio Kuba Sensei began his study of karate in Okinawa at the age of fifteen in the Shorei Kan Dojo of Seikichi Toguchi. He then attended Meijo University in mainland Japan where he studied pharmacology followed by acupuncture, returning to Okinawa at the age of 26. Kuba Sensei is well-known for his mastery of the applications of the Goju Ryu kata, and his ability to apply them to great effect. Being an acupuncture therapist undoubtedly gives him a advantage in this field. He owns and operates a medical clinic in Okinawa City specializing in the treatment of pain.

The Goju Ryu Centenary 2015.
As this event is a celebration of the achievements of Kanryo Higaonna Sensei, Chojun Miyagi Sensei, and those who followed them it is open to all, regardless of style, affiliation, experience, or grade. An online application form can be found here.


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Naha City Hotel Association


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