“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.” —Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1709–1784

Our senior instructor will be Kuramoto Sensei, a senior at the Higaonna Dojo in Naha, Okinawa, who has been a student of Morio Higaonna Sensei for more than 40 years.

Masakazu Kuramoto was born on the island of Yonaguni, far to the south of the main island of Okinawa, but moved to the Japanese mainland for his education, where he graduated from high school in Nagasaki. He then studied economics at Meiji University in Tokyo-a highly regarded institution founded in 1881. He began his karate training with Higaonna Sensei at the infamous Yoyogi Dojo in Tokyo.

At the age of twenty-seven, he returned to his homeland of Okinawa and went to work as the personal secretary to the Governor of Okinawa (1978 - 1990) Junji Nishime.


Masakazu Kuramoto Sensei. Senior Instructor, Higaonna Dojo, Naha, Okinawa, Japan.

When Governor Nishime left office, he returned to executive positions in private industry. Kuramoto Sensei’s teaching schedule is intense as he regularly trains students in Russia, South America, Australia. He is also a great favourite of the students that we take to Okinawa for training every year.

As his own teacher is considered one of the best karate men in the world who was awarded the title of Living Intangible Cultural Treasure of Karate in 2013, the level of his karate is exceptionally high. His regular training in hojo undo has made him extremely fit and strong, and his basics and kata are also superb.

More to the point, he has the reflexes, speed and instincts of a fighter who has clearly been moulded by the traditional karate training process.

If you were not already persuaded, Kuramoto Sensei also has a well developed, wry sense of humour which, while not immediately evident, really does exist below his stoic and rather foreboding exterior.

Purpose

Our events are designed to make world class instruction available to all karate exponents in North America seeking a higher level of knowledge. All classes are taught by highly respected, experienced, and technically superb instructors whose teaching is truly inspirational. We include Q&A sessions at designated times so that our members can discuss their training and the technical aspects of karate freely with their instructors. These seminars are sanctioned by the Karate Do Kenkyukai Public Educational Foundation, [Not-for-Profit IRS 501(c)(3)] They are open to all styles, all associations, and all levels of ability and experience. You are now able to train with the best in the world, in an atmosphere of cooperation, comradeship, and mutual benefit!

Venue

The International Okinawan Karate Training Center is a state-of-the-art, purpose build, 11,000 sq.ft. facility made up of two large dojo, a smaller dojo for private tuition, study areas, lounges, changing rooms and reception. The high ceiling and wooden floor of the Higaonna dojo make it particularly suitable for Kobudo training, while the Miyagi dojo’s matted floor lends itself to studying the applications of kata that involved, throwing, take-downs, joint locks, etc. The facility is new, professionally run, and immaculately clean and there is ample parking in the dojo’s own lot. Modeled on the Okinawan Prefectural Budokan in Onoyama Koen, Naha City, Okinawa, it has every amenity that the serious martial artist could need or want.

Training

Please register in advance and pay your tuition fees using the Dragon Associates Inc. shopping cart. Your reservation will be confirmed when we receive your full payment. Please wear a standard type karate uniform for training, and be warmed up and ready before classes start. Training is intense, and features active, detailed, instruction. It is the policy of the Karate Do Kenkyukai in its seminars in Japan and elsewhere, to teach attendees how and what to learn, rather than just repeat basic techniques. In this way we hope that you will leave us with a much greater understanding of the best path to your personal karate goals.
May 13th - 15th 2022
General Training 10:00AM - 12:00 PM / 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuition
$300 all three days if purchased before April 1st
$325 if purchased in April-May
Karate training (5 seminars)

Sayonara Dinner with the instructors (for seminar attendees and their partners only). May 14th $30

Accommodation

After personally inspecting the remodeled Marriott Courtyard in Dalton, GA, we decided to make it our official event hotel for Kinjo Sensei’s seminars in 2020. It is a beautiful place, conveniently located, with ample parking space and numerous restaurants within easy walking distance.

We will reserve some rooms at discounted rates so if you interested please let us know. CFA staff and instructors will be staying at this hotel, and as always, members will have access to both.

Background

Since their inception, the Classical Fighting Arts magazine Spring Karate Seminars (USA) have been taught by the following instructors: Morio Higaonna Sensei, Goju Ryu 10th Dan Hanshi, (Living Intangible Cultural Asset of Karate, 2013); Seisho Itokazu Sensei, Uechi Ryu 10th Dan; Yoshio Kuba Sensei, Goju Ryu 10th Dan Hanshi; Zenpo Shimabukuro Sensei, Shorin Ryu (Seibukan),10th Dan Hanshi; Tsuyoshi Uechi Sensei, Isshin Ryu 8th Dan; Kunio Uehara, Shorin Ryu 8th Dan.