Friday, 5 January 2018

Dojos in Okinawa, Japan

…where the tradition is still strong!

A Few of Our Favorite Training Locations

The Okinawa Prefectural Budokan

sits in Onoyama Park between the greenbelt and the ocean. It has three large dojo, an impressive arena and numerous smaller rooms for meetings, lectures etc. Its futuristic design creates the appearance of a dragon at rest.

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The Okinawa Karate Kaikan

Completed in 2017 at an estimated cost of $60,000,000 the Karate Kaikan sits on the site of an ancient gusuku (hilltop fortress) with a commanding view of Naha. A beautiful, well-lit and modern structure, it is finished throughout with pine cladding of the highest quality.

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The Gokokuji Shinto Shrine, Onoyama

During every CFA Seminar series in Okinawa we train at the Gokokuji Shrine in Onoyama as guests of the head priest, Kagi Sensei, and Uechi Ryu teacher Arakaki Sensei from the Oroku Dojo. We undergo ritual cleansing, attend a special O-Harai (blessing) held for our members, then train in the courtyard of the shrine. It’s an amazing experience.

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The Higaonna Dojo, Tsuboya

Tucked into a back street in the Asato/Makishi area, the Higaonna Dojo is a time machine as far as karate training is concerned. It’s tiny, tough, conservative, and not for the feint of heart. The heat and humidity level in the dojo during training is extreme, and the training can only described as “vigorous.”

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Seibukan Dojo, Chatan

In the City of Chatan, around 30 minutes north Naha, you will find the Seibukan dojo close to Hwy. 58 and Jagaru Road. This is the dojo of Zenpo Sensei, the son of Zenryo Shimabukuro Sensei, a student of the legendary Chotoku Kyan. It’s a beautiful dojo that offers first class training in a positive and friendly environment.

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The Jundokan Dojo, Asato

This dojo was established a few years after the death of Chojun Miyagi Sensei in 1953. The students from Miyagi’s Sensei old dojo set up a a flimsy temporary structure (kabaya) which later became the Jundokan before the current modern building was erected on the adjoining lot in the Asato district of Naha, close to Kokusai Dori.

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The Kyudokan Dojo, Tsuboya

Originally the dojo of the legendary Yuchoku Higa, the Kyudokan is located in the labyrinth of tiny lanes that make up the Tsuboya district of Naha City. A private (juku-closed) dojo presided over today by the nephew of the founder, Minoru Higa, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious dojo in Okinawa.

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