Training in Okinawa

Traditional Okinawan karate cannot be separated from Okinawa itself. The Seibukan hombu (headquarters) dojo is in town of Chatan, in the center of the island. We see it as imperative for our seniors to visit regularly, to learn and hone their karate under the expert teaching of Shimabukuro Zenpō Hanshi, his son, Shimabukuro Zenshun Sensei, and Arakaki Shohei Sensei.

Lucy and Doug have trained there five times between 2014 and 2020; Clayton has been twice, once for three months. We haven't been able to return since February 2020 because of the pandemic, but we hope to get back in 2023. Training in the birthplace and heart of karate teaches us more than technique; it gives us insight into and feeling for the culture, at least to the extent is possible in just a visit. We believe learning about Okinawa and its people is just as important as learning to punch and kick.

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Zenpo Sensei, Higa Sensei, and Yagi Sensei with their sons, Naka Sensei, and Uechi Sensei
Zenpo Sensei, Higa Sensei, and Yagi Sensei with their sons, Naka Sensei, and Uechi Sensei

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Karate Kaikan
Karate Kaikan

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Clayton and Ryushi
Clayton and Ryushi

Ryushi won the under-19 category at the 2019 World Okinawan Tournament. He and Clayton are good buddies.

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Zenpo Sensei, Higa Sensei, and Yagi Sensei with their sons, Naka Sensei, and Uechi Sensei
Zenpo Sensei, Higa Sensei, and Yagi Sensei with their sons, Naka Sensei, and Uechi Sensei

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