Martial Arts Wisdom

Seiko Higa

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Seiko Higa was born in 1898, and began his training with Kanryo Higaonna at the age of 13. After Sensei Higaonna's death in 1915, he trained with Chojun Miyagi.

He was an elementary school teacher and later entered the police force. In 1931, he left the force and opened his own dojo in Naha, Okinawa. From 1937 to 1939 he taught in Saipan in the South Pacific. After World War II, he opened a new dojo and taught at a high school, Ryukyu University and the Naha prison.

He took over as Chojun Miyagi's immediate successor temporarily after his death in 1953, a responsibility that would eventually pass to Meitoku Yagi, who would later receive the menkyo-kaiden.

In 1956 he became vice-president of the Okinawa Karate-Do Federation and became the president 2 years later. During this time, he built the Shodokan dojo and formed International Karate and Kobudo Federation.

Choboku Takamine took over as president of the IKKF after Seiko Higa's death in 1966 and his son, Seikichi Higa, became head instructor at the Shodokan.

Kanki Izumikawa and Teruo Hayashi are among his top students.