Shōrin-ryū Kyudōkan

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Shōrin-ryū Kyudōkan
Kyudōkan logo
Kyudōkan logo
Date founded 1947
Country of origin Japan Okinawa, Japan
Founder Yuchoku Higa
Current head Minoru Higa
Arts taught Karate
Ancestor schools Kobayashi Shorin-ryū
Official website Kyudokan

The Okinawa Shōrin-ryū Karate-dō Kyudōkan Association (沖縄小林流空手道究道館連合会) is one of the seven branches of Kobayashi Shōrin-ryū style of Okinawan karate, developed by Yuchoku Higa, Hanshi 10th Dan.


In 1947 Higa inaugurated the Kyudokan Karate dojo and applied himself to perfecting and developing everything that he had learned from his masters, and especially from Chōshin Chibana, with whom he continued to practice.

In 1961 the first Shorinryu Karate-do Association of Okinawa was formed. It was presided over by Chibana and Higa was assigned the role of vice-president.

By 2015, the Kyudokan School had branches in 29 countries and had more than 10,000 students around the world. Branches of the school were established in South America by Benito Higa and in the world by Oscar Higa. Now Hanshi 10th Dan Oscar Masato Higa heads the World Shorin Ryu KYUDOKAN HIGA-TE Karate-Do Federation and Representative for the world.

Minoru Higa (10th Dan) is the current President (Kaichou) and Soke of Okinawa Shorin Ryu Kyudokan Karate-Do Association principally based in Okinawa.

Some non-Japanese have studied with Master Minoru Higa in a very regular way and they teach in their country. In Argentina, Master Pedro Fattore was a great representative of the central dojo of Okinawa, today in Argentina it is Mario Ramundo the representative. In France, Mr. Patrick Rault, who has lived in Japan for 15 years and returns to Okinawa 3 times a year to attend the classes of the great Master Minoru HIga, teaches in France but also in other countries.


  • The Myo Mamoru principle, namely the concept of defending and protecting (sheltering) the body;
  • Development of Ki (energy) by means of systematic Hara (tandem) work and the principles of yin and yang: hard-soft relaxed-tensed slow-rapid;
  • The rule of Kokyu (breathing);
  • The Marumi-Muchimi principle, namely circularity of movement and the conclusion of the technique at its maximum level.


Below is a list of all kata practiced in Kyudokan schools.


External links[edit]

Kyudokan France official website