Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:
Morio Higaonna
born December 25, 1938

Morio Higaonna visited Hawaii on August 25, 2004, to conduct research about Chojun Miyagi, Chinyei Kinjo, and other prominent people in the history of Goju-Ryu. Chojun Miyagi visted Hawaii in 1934 (See Chojun Miyagi's 1934 Visit to Hawaii) at the invitation of Chinyei Kinjo of the Yoen Jiho Sha.

Higaonna is a member of the Okinawan Karatedo and Kobudo Encyclopedia Committee and was on the way back to California from Okinawa, where he had conducted the IOGKF 2004 World Budosai. While in Hawaii, he visited the Hawaii Karate Museum, met with Mr. Paul Yempuku, the publisher of the Hawaii Hochi, and taught a class at the Hikari Dojo. He also met with several prominent Karate instructors here, including Jimmy Miyaji, Mitsugi Kobayashi, Pat Nakata, Kiyohisa Hirano, and Hiro Kobayashi.

Higaonna began his Karate training at the age of 14, first in Shorin-Ryu under his father. At the age of 16, he began Goju-Ryu training in the garden dojo of Chojun Miyagi under one of Miyagi's senior students, Anichi Miyagi. Higaonna often says that he still considers himself to be a student of Goju-Ryu and goes back to visit his sensei to have his kata reviewed and corrected.

Higaonna is one of the foremost experts on the lives of Kanryo Higaonna and Chojun Miyagi, and has written several books in English and Japanese on the history and techniques of Goju-Ryu. He has also been featured in many videos and DVDs on Goju-Ryu kata and training techniques. He is the head of the International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Federation which has dojo worldwide.

The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Morio Higaonna: Goju-Ryu instructor, historian, author... and lifelong student.

The spirit of Karate is the Aloha spirit

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