Shihan Morio Higaonna
Shihan Morio Higaonna began training at Master Miyagi’s dojo around this time. His love for karate was to flourish into a passion there and Chojun Miyagi’s widow, Makato, told him that he should learn from An’ichi Miyagi as the latter was most close to her husband and learned from him Goju-Ryu in great detail. Shihan Morio Higaonna did just that, training diligently until Sensei An’ichi Miyagi took a job aboard an oil tanker. Work was not easily come by in Okinawa at this time an Sensei An’ichi Miyagi still had the responsibility of looking after his family. Shihan Morio Higaonna took this as an opportunity to broaden his horizons too and took a place at Takushoku University in Tokyo.
It was here in Tokyo that Shihan Higaonna began teaching at a karate club in the Yoyogi district. During 20 years of teaching there he built a reputation that would spread internationally and people from around the world traveled to train with this superb fighter.
With the support of both Chojun Miyagi’s family and many of Chojun Miyagi’s senior students, Shihan Higaonna formed the International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-do Federation (or IOGKF) in 1979. Today, IOGKF has over 50,000 affiliated students in 45 countries around the world. Shihan Morio Higaonna received his 10th dan certificate from his teacher, Sensei An’ichi Miyagi on September 5th, 2007. Higaonna Shihan also received a special certificate signed by Aragaki Shuichi Sensei and Miyagi An’ichi Sensei (both direct students of founder of Goju Ryu Karate, Chojun Miyagi Sensei) that recognizes him as a student in the direct line descended from Miyagi Chojun Sensei. Miyagi An ichi Sensei and Aragaki Shuichi Sensei both felt that recognizing Morio Higaonna Shihan as part of the Goju-Ryu lineage is important for the future of Goju-Ryu being passed on to future generations.
Shihan Morio Higaonna biography