CFA Fall Seminars 2019
At the Okinawan Prefectural Budokan
and Okinawa Karate Kaikan
October 4th - October 15th

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CFA Fall Seminars 2019
October 4th - October 15th 2019

Train with the greatest living masters of Okinawan karate in their own private (juku) dojo which are not generally open to the public. We offer direct tuition for a favored few, from the living legends of Okinawan karate.

• 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 like Chojun Miyagi, Gichin Funakoshi, Kenwa Mabuni, and Kanbun Uechi.
• Take instruction in historical private (juku) dojo, which are typically, “By invitation only”, or closed to all but members.
• 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 such as Fukushu Gardens, Shikina En, Shuri Castle, and others.
• Attend our private “O Harai” (cleansing) ceremony in the beautiful Gokoku Ji Shinto Shrine followed by karate training in its grounds.

Easy, convenient, and fun!

Training with CFA is so easy, compared with elsewhere, so convenient, and so rewarding!
We offer a full-service package and arrange everything for you from your trans-continental flight to our Sayonara Party. 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 - 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. An Okinawa Prefecture Karate Do Alliance Certification is awarded based on completion of the entire course in a satisfactory manner.

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. 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.

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

Japan Transocean Airlines Boeing 737-800
landing at Naha Airport, Okinawa,
with the CFA Logo:
Okinawa: Birthplace of Karate in its livery.

When the Okinawan Government wanted to produce a book on the history of karate they went to the CFA book division; when JTA/JAL wanted a logo for their new aircraft they went to Classical Fighting Arts magazine; All part of the Dragon Associates Group that has been serving the legitimate martial arts community for fifty years!

The characters read; “Karate Birthplace Okinawa.” This calligraphy was designed for the cover of Okinawa: Birthplace of Karate the commemorative book produced, designed, published and printed for the Okinawan Prefectural Government by the US-Okinawan Joint Venture Media Partnership, Dragon-Ikemiya JV.


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 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.


Fall Training in Okinawa October 4th - October 15th, 2019

October 4th

Leave departure points.

October 5th

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

October 6th

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 7th

Training in Private Dojo, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM & 2:00PM - 4:00PM

October 8th

Training in Private Dojo, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM & 2:00PM - 4:00PM

October 9th

Training in Private Dojo, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM & 2:00PM - 4:00PM

October 10th

Training in Private Dojo, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM & 2:00PM - 4:00PM

October 11th

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


Tour of Southern Okinawa by private bus including; Shikina En Summer Palace,
Heiwa Kinen Kaikan and Museum, Itoman Farmerís Market and Seifa Utaki.
7:00 PM Sayonara party in private rooms at the Shokaku Restaurant in Kume..

October 13th

Participate in the Naha City Tug-of-War and Hatagashira Flag Parade.

October 14th
Free day.
October 15th
Leave Okinawa.

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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 Senseiís 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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Okinawa Karate Do Kaikan, Tomigusuku City, Okinawa, Japan.

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 May 2019. 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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