Martial Arts Wisdom

Morio Higaonna

Morio Higaonna in a suit
Morio Higaonna was born in Naha, Okinawa in 1938. His family evacuated to southern Japan before the American invasion of the island in 1945, and returned shortly after the war. He began his training at the age of 14 with his father, a policeman, in Shorin-Ryu. He then trained with Ei'ichi Miyazato at the Jundokan, and later with An'ichi Miyagi, both students of Chojun Miyagi.

He moved to Tokyo in 1960 and studied commerce at Takushoku University, and soon began teaching karate at the Yoyogi dojo. He taught there for 15 years, then returned to his native Okinawa.

In 1979, he formed the International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate Federation (IOGKF), now represented in over 30 countries.


Morio Higaonne in firece pose He is the author of a series of 4 books entitled "Traditional Karatedo - Okinawa Goju Ryu", considered the consumate text of the style, and has also appeared in many videos detailing the kata and training techniques. His latest book, "The History of Karate - Goju Ryu" is a must-have for anyone interested in the history of the style. He is widely regarded to be among the leading practitioners of Goju Ryu in the world today.