History of Okinawan Goju-Ryu - Sensei Morio Higaonna

morio higaonna sensei Oct 11, 2021
Sensei Morio Higaonna

Sensei Morio Higaonna

Morio Higaonna Sensei was born in 1938 in Naga, the capital of Okinawa. He began practicing Karate when he was 14 years old at his junior high school. At the age of 15, in 1953, he became the student of An'ichi Miyagi, a student of Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Goju Ryu Karate-do. From this stage Morio Higaonna dedicated himself to the training and practising of Goju-Ryu Karate do. After having been taught by good instructors, his fascination with karate led him to devote his entire life to the enrichment of the spiritual depth and virtue of karate.

In 1960, Sensei Higaonna entered Takushoku University in Tokyo. He began his training at the Yoyogi Dojo; however, he was simultaneously engaged as an instructor there teaching four classes a day totalling 1000 students; Sensei taught at Yoyogi until May 1981. During this time, he established the International Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate do Federation (IOGKF) which has trained over 20,000 students in 21 countries up to the present. Sensei Higaonna is respected throughout the world as a Master of Karate - a master who is born only once every 50 years.

Higaonna Sensei spends most of his time touring the world teaching karate to many dojos in different countries. Sensei is now living in America where he is building up his followers; the ones that are looking for an old traditional style of karate.

Anyone who has ever met Higaonna Sensei will not only be impressed by his karate ability, but also by his humility and good natured personality. It leaves you with the feeling of having met a true master of karate.

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