Karate Do Kenkyukai

Karate Do Kenkyukai
Educational Foundation(NPO)

Preserving and Promoting
Classical KarateFor the 21st Century

The Karate Do KenkyukaiServing the Traditional Martial Artist

About Us

The Karate Do Kenkyukai Educational Foundation is a Public Charity registered with the IRS as a 501(c) (3) NPO (Non Profit Organization). Its specific objectives are the preservation and dissemination of information derived from the study of the military arts of Japan, China, and the Okinawan archipelago. This is achieved by our three principle activities: seminars. twice yearly 10 day long open seminars held in Japan. Publishing; Classical Fighting Arts magazine which is considered the premier martial arts publication. Symposia, that bring together scholars, and other historians interested in classical martial arts.
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In conjunction with the premier karate organizations in Japan, and using the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan as our base, we organize courses in Classical Karate for overseas students that are taught exclusively by the greatest living masters. Held in the Spring and Autumn of each year since 2009, they are regarded as the benchmark against which all others are measured.


Classical Fighting Arts magazine is published by the Karate Do Kenkyukai, and is an 84 page full color quarterly periodical printed on glossy paper, and perfect bound. Its is considered to be the most authoritative English language martial arts publication world. Featuring the work of the finest instructors, writers, researchers, and historians, and is also available in digital format from:


Each year we organize symposia to give karate scholars, historians, and researchers the opportunity for dialogue and exchange. The importance of these events increases exponentially as the opening of the Karate Memorial Hall - with its museum and research center - draws closer. Our next large event will be held in Naha City, Okinawa in October 2016, and is being sponsored by Classical Fighting Arts magazine, the Karate Do Kenkyukai, and the Okinawan Prefectural Government.


Minoru Higa 10th Dan
Morio Higaonna 10th Dan
Seisho Itokazu 9th Dan
Yoshio Kuba 10th Dan
Eiki Kurashita 10th Dan
Chosei Motobu 10th Dan
Tsutomu Nakahodo 10th Dan
Zenpo Shimabukuro 10th Dan
Katsuhiko Shinzato 9th Dan
Shigeru Takamiyagi 10th Dan
Iken Tokashiki 10th Dan
Ryuko Tomoyose 10th Dan
Zenshu Toyama 10th Dan
Tsuyoshi Uechi 9th Dan
Kunio Uehara 8th Dan
Hirokuni Yamashiro 9th Dan


We have worked as the principal technical/historical consultants on major martial arts projects with: The Federation of All Japan Karate Associations, the Government of Dubai, Bisham Abbey British Olympic Training Center, The City of Los Angeles, the World Union of Karate Organizations, EMI, the City of London Police and numerous TV and movie production companies. We have also published more than 30 martial arts books and 50+ broadcast quality instructional DVDs. We are currently working on the Karate Memorial Hall with the Okinawa Prefectural Government.


Over the last three decades, the Karate Do Kenkyukai, has assembled one of the largest collections of martial arts historical material in the world in the form of photographic images, documents, books, cinema film, video and other artifacts. Many of our exhibits are very rare, others are unique. As a collection these artifacts represent the history of karate in an appropriate historical and cultural context. We plan to present some or all of these exhibits in the Karate Do Memorial Hall in Tomigusuku, Okinawa, after its completion by the Okinawan Prefectural Government in 2017.

Current Projects

In connection with the Karate Do Memorial Hall project, we will be producing a range of print and digital media presentations to commemorate the opening of the new World Headquarters of Karate, and disseminate information about it. The memorial hall will include training areas, The Karate Museum, a research center, and other related facilities. It is scheduled to open in March 2017. We will also be organizing a series of international events to be held in Okinawa during October 2016 - 2017 to celebrate the opening of the Karate Memorial Hall, and the worldwide dissemination of Okinawan Karate.

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