Dojos・Senseis

Tsuneo Kinjo Sensei
Hanshi 9th Dan
Goju-ryu

Tsuneo Kinjo Sensei was born in 1953 in Shuri, Naha City. He is a Hanshi 9th Dan. In 1971, Kinjo Sensei went to Hawaii which is where he studied under Masatami Tokumura, before his return to Okinawa in 1975 to train under Eiichi Miyazato at the Jundokan.Currently being a Grand…

Tetsu Gima Sensei
Hanshi 9th Dan
Goju-ryu

Tetsu Gima Sensei was born in 1954. He learned from Eiichi Miyazato Sensei at the Jundokan starting in 1970. After that, along with Miyazato Sensei he went to Taiwan and other countries to teach Karate. In 2013, he received 9th Dan and in 2015 he became Sanshi. Gima Sensei is…

Meitatsu Yagi Sensei
Hanshi 10th Dan
Goju-ryu

Meitatsu Yagi Sensei was born in 1944 in Naha. He is the eldest son of Meitoku Yagi, and a pioneer of Goju-ryu. He is the chairman of the Okinawa Karate Kobudo Federation. Meitatsu Yagi Sensei has inherited pure Goju-ryu movements, and has many branches in many parts of the world….

Takashi Kinjo Sensei
10th Dan
Kobu-ryu (Uechi-ryu style)

Takashi Kinjo Sensei was directly trained by the Uechi-ryu founder, and he is one of the few people who have received training from Matayoshi Sensei. Kinjo Sensei is called the master of masters by his students. He has many branches all over the world and is a man of great…

Yoshimasa Kakazu Sensei
Hanshi 10th Dan
Shorin-ryu

Kakazu Sensei Sensei was born in Naha and is 75 years old. The Kenshikai headquarters dojo is located in Uema, Naha City and the dojo will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. In addition to the dojo in Uema, there are 12 dojos with one Shuri, Okinawa, and the rest…

Takeshi Uema Sensei
Hanshi 7th Dan
Shorin-ryu

From a lineage of Chibana Chōshin, Shiroma Makoto Shige, and Ōshiro Chōjo, Takeshi Uema Sensei has many branches worldwide. It is a well-balanced karate dojo that teaches not only Okinawa Karate but also competition style Karate. Dojo info Dojo Name Shubukan Style Shorin-ryu Area Shuri in Naha City ・Strictly learn…

Koei Nohara Sensei
Hanshi 10th Dan
Shorin-ryu

Koei Nohara Sensei’s Dojo is Shorin-ryu style(小林流) that is made by Choshin Chibana. Nohara Sensei currently presides over the largest Ryukyu Karate Kobudo Championship in Okinawa. Nohara Sensei has students all over the world and he frequently spends time throughout the year teaching overseas. Dojo info Dojo Name Ryukyukan Style…

Hiroshi Akamine Sensei 
Hanshi 9th Dan 
Ryukyu Kobudo / Shorin-ryu

The dojo celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. The Shimbukan Dojo was first opened in 1971 by Eisuke Akamine Sensei who was a student of Ryukyu Kobudo Senseis Shinken Taira and Seiichiro Higa. In 1999 Eisuke Akamine Sensei passed away and the Shimbukan Dojo was taken over by his son…

Yusuke Onaga Sensei
7th Dan
Shito-ryu

The Shito-ryu Dojo is one of the few in Okinawa. Yusuke Onaga Sensei, a native of Okinawa, went to Osaka to learn Shito-ryu. He later returned to Okinawa to teach foreigners and the local Okinawan people. He is also the first Kumite winner of a National Athletic Meet. Dojo info…

Kenjiro Ueda Sensei
7th Dan
Shito-ryu

Shito-ryu is based on the martial arts of Shobukan. Ueda Sensei 7th Dan is the third generation of the Shobukan, which was established in Shikoku by the late Hiromasa Tanaka 8th Dan. Ueda Sensei studied martial arts karate and competitive karate, and after 20 years of overseas Karate instruction in…

Kaoru Okubo Sensei
9th Dan
Full Contact Karate

Known as the Kyokushin Tiger of Jose, 10th Dan Yoshiji Soeno founded Shidokan Karate a powerful yet practical karate style. There are currently 100,000 members in 50 countries around the world, incorporating techniques such as karate and kickboxing. There are a wide range of techniques, not only kicking with hands,…

Toru Kiyan Sensei
8th Dan
Okinawa Kenpo

Shigeru Nakamura was born in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture in 1891. He learned Karate from Anko Itosu, Chomo Hanashiro, Shinkichi Kuniyoshi and other masters of the era. From an early stage, Okinawa Kenpo adopted a practical style of fighting with facial armor. The founder, Shigeru Nakamura, continued to complain that “there…

Yuji Funakoshi Sensei
7th Dan
Baisho-ryu

Baisho-ryu was started in Kyoto in 1933. The founder, Kuge Baisho Sensei, was a Jiu-Jitsu artist of the Yoshin-ryu. With deep exchanges with Chojun Miyagi Sensei, Kenwa Mabuni Sensei, and Ueshiba Sensei of Aikido, the advantages of Okinawa Karate and Aikido were incorporated into Jiu-Jitsu, and the technique system of…