CFA Seminars 10th Anniversary
Budo Festival

At the Okinawan Prefectural Budokan
October 3rd - October 15th 2020

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CFA Fall Seminars 2020
10th Anniversary Budo Sai
October 3rd - October 15th



Actual photos of our training seminars 2000 - 2019

Train with the greatest living masters of Okinawan Karate in the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan, one the the finest karate facilities in the world. Experience personal high level tuition in small groups with exceptionally high, instructor to student ratio, in the company of other like-minded karate enthusiasts.

• Fly the world’s best airlines from your home to Okinawa via Tokyo. We organize everything for you.
• Study Classical Okinawan Karate, with the best instructors in the world in its birthplace, the beautiful sub-tropical island of Okinawa.
• Walk the same streets as karate legends Chojun Miyagi, Gichin Funakoshi, Kenwa Mabuni, Kanbun Uechi, Kentsu Yabu and Choshin Chibana.
• Take instruction in historic private (juku) dojo, which are typically, “By invitation only,” or closed to all but members and their personal guests.
• Visit karate’s historical locations, including monuments to Gichin Funakoshi, Chojun Miyagi, Kanryo Higaonna and other famous landmarks.

• Tour the UNESCO world heritage sites of the Ryukyu Kingdom: Fukushu Gardens, Seifa Utake as well as Okinawa World, Murasaki Mura, Seifa Utaki and many more.

Easy, convenient, and fun!

Classical Karate Training with CFA is so easy, compared with elsewhere, so convenient, and so very rewarding!
We offer a full-service package and arrange everything for you from your trans-continental flight, to a downtown Naha City apartment with high speed internet, to a Sayonara Party with the instructors. You will train with only the very best and most respected teachers in the most famous dojo in Okinawa, and our staff will be with you at all times as guides and interpreters. If you are serious about real karate, you should take this trip and experience genuine Okinawan Dentou Karate in its birthplace - the beautiful sub-tropical island of Okinawa!

We Welcome Everyone,
…of any style, grade, ability, affiliation, or level of experience to train with us. Only senior instructors from organizations recognized by the Okinawan Prefectural Government are invited to teach our members, and we use only the best training facilities available such as the Okinawa Budokan, (Prefectural Hall of Martial Virtue). An Okinawa Prefecture Karate Do Alliance Certification is awarded based on completion of the entire course in a satisfactory manner.


Japan Transocean Airlines Boeing 737-800
landing at Naha Airport, Okinawa, with the
Classical Fighting Arts Magazine logo included
in its fuselage livery.

If you are a full or part-time karate instructor, part or all of your fees may be tax deductible. Please consult your financial advisor.

This Event is supervised by the Uchina Minkan Taishi (Okinawan Karate Goodwill Ambassador) appointed by the Okinawa Prefectural Government in March 2016.


Since 2009: CFA Karate Seminars
The Gold Standard!


Leaders in the Field Since 2009
Classical Fighting Arts magazine has organized as many as three major karate events every year in Japan/Okinawa in the past 10 years. This experience has allowed us to build an exceptional network of connections with commercial partners that includes, government agencies, senior instructors, dojo, hotels, restaurants, media companies, and airlines. Integrating the CFA management team with our partners in Japan has allowed us to create a level of service, and therefore, a martial arts experience, that cannot be equaled.


Anniversary Training in Okinawa October 3rd - October 15th, 2020

October 2nd

Leave departure points.

October 3rd

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

October 4th

10:00 AM: Naha City orientation including visits to Onoyama Koen,
Okinawa Budokan, Aeon Center, Kokusai Dori, Main Place at Shinto Shin.
7:00 PM Welcome Dinner at the Kansha En Chinese restaurant.

October 5th

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

October 6th

Training at the Jundokan Dojo, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM & 2:00PM - 4:00PM

October 7th

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

October 8th

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

October 9th

Purification Ceremony (O Harai) and training at the Gokoku Shrine 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Training at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan — 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Tour of Southern Okinawa by private bus including; Shikina En Summer Palace,
mausoleums of Karate Pioneers, Ryukyu Glass Studios, Seifa Utaki.
7:00 PM Sayonara party with the instructors in a local restaurant.

October 11th

Members participate in the Hatagashira Flag Parade and Naha City Giant Tug-of-War.

October 12th
Leave Okinawa for the City of Kumamoto, Kyushu Prefecture, Japan.
October 13th
Kumamoto, Masashizuka. Visit the grave of, and shrine dedicated to, Miyamoto Musashi,
Japan’s greatest swordsman and author of the “Book of Five Rings.”
October 14th
Leave Kumamoto for the City of Narita, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Visit the Naritasan Shinshoji Buddhist Temple dedicated to the God, Fudo Myo O, The Immovable One.
October 15th
Leave Japan for home destinations.

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

One of the most senior living karate masters, Nakahodo Sensei is extremely strong and active despite being born in 1933. He maintains a very muscular technique and beautiful crisp and powerful techniques, and 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 they began 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,
Kobayashi Ryu, 10th Dan Hanshi.

The nephew of the legendary teacher Yuchoku Higa, who was 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,
Seibukan Shorin Ryu, 10th Dan Hanshi.

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 (October 25th) as a public holiday in Okinawa.

Yoshio Kuba,
Goju Ryu 10th Dan Hanshi.

Kuba Sensei continues the line of his teacher, Seikichi Toguchi, who was a student of both Chojun Miyagi and Seko Higa. He is known for his ability to incapacitate opponents with apparent ease, a skill that may owe something to his professional training as an acupuncture therapist. A dynamic and very accomplished teacher who has a large international following.

Tsuneo Kinjo,
Goju Ryu 9th Dan.

Kinjo Sensei’s fluent English combined with his impressive speed, power and karate skills have earned him a broad following among experienced karate students around the world. He manages to combine these attributes with a sparkling sense of humor which, his students say, takes the edge off the pain!


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Travel Notes
Welcome to the elite group of karateka who will train and study with some of the best instructors in the world at the Okinawa Budokan and Okinawa Karate Kaikan in October 2020. To help us make your visit as enjoyable and productive as possible, please read the following notes carefully.

If we are arranging your travel, we use electronic tickets, which means we do not physically issue you with anything, you simply present your passport and the itinerary we send you at the airline check-in desk, and they will issue you with a boarding pass. This is why it is essential that the name we submit to the airline when we buy your ticket is EXACTLY the same as it appears in your passport.


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