Classical Fighting Arts Seminars 2018
At the Okinawan Prefectural Budokan
and Okinawa Karate Kaikan
September 29th - October 9th

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


CFA Fall Seminars 2018
September 29th - October 9th 2018

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

• Fly the 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 like Chojun Miyagi, Gichin Funakoshi, Kenwa Mabuni, and Kanbun Uechi.
• Take instruction in private juku-dojo, which are, “By invitation only.”
• Visit karate’s historic sites including the monuments to Gichin Funakoshi, Chojun Miyagi, Kanryo Higaonna and other famous landmarks.

• Tour the UNESCO world historic sites of the Ryukyu Kingdom such as Shikina En, Shuri Castle, Seifa Utaki, and others.
• Attend services at, and train in the grounds of the beautiful Gokoku Ji Shinto Shrine.
• Participate in the historic “Hatagashira” flag parade, and the “O Tsuna Hiki” the World’s Largest Tug of War (Guinness Book of Records).

Easy, convenient, and fun!

It’s so easy, convenient 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 and experience genuine Okinawan Dentou Karate!

Early Bird Group Discounts
Due to our close relationships with the major Japanese airlines, if you are traveling as a group and can complete all your arrangements with us before March 31st, 2018, we can arrange worthwhile discounts for you on the whole trip if you fly from New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. Please call us at (818) 889-3856 for full details.

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 (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.


2018 CFA Karate Seminar Schedule, Okinawa, Japan.

September 29th

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

September 30th

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 Rio Nightclub Wakasa

October 1st

9:30 Opening ceremony at the Okinawa Budokan.
Training 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 2:00 - 4:00 P PM.

October 2nd

Training in the main karate dojo of the Okinawa Karate Kaikan, Tomishiro, Okinawa.
10:00 AM - 12:00 & 2:00-4:00 PM.

October 3rd

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

October 4th

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

October 5th

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

October 6th

Tour of Okinawa by private bus including Chojun Miyagi Memorial, Gichin Funakoshi Memorial, 
Fukushu En Chinese Garden, Shuri Castle, Itoman Memorial Peace Park, etc.

October 7th

11:00 AM Hatagashira (Flag parade and karate demonstrations).
3:00 PM Members can participate in the Naha City Giant Tug of War
(Guinness Book of Records world’s largest).

October 8th
Free day - National Sports Day in Japan.
October 9th
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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Event supervised by the Uchina Minkan Taishi (Okinawan Karate Goodwill Ambassador) appointed by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, 2016.

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Japan Airlines

Okinawa Prefectural Budokan.
Onoyama Koen, Naha City, Okinawa.
Okinawa Karate Do Kaikan, Tomigusuku City, Okinawa, Japan.


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