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. This next large event will be held at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan in October 2015, and is being sponsored by Classical Fighting Arts magazine.


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 the UAE, 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.


Over the last three decades, the Karate Do Kenkyukai, has assembled the largest collection 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 they represent a history of karate in an appropriate historical and cultural context. We plan to present this exhibit in a purpose built museum at a site as yet to be determined.

Current Projects

In addition to the Karate Do Museum project, we have in production a high quality volume,The Pictorial History of Karate, that will be both a reference book for researchers and historians as well a guide to the museum exhibits. We are also organizing an international event to be held in Okinawa during October 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of Goju Ryu, and another to celebrate the founding of one of the major Okinawan karate groups, 25 years ago.

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