Fudoshin Classical Karate Dojo
Is a branch dojo with the International Kenshi-Kai Organization of Okinawa.
Our North American Chief Instructor is Luis Morales, Hanshi 9th Dan.
Luis Morales Sensei was born in 1958. As a child he was fascinated with the martial arts, spending many hours reading the various martial arts publications such as Black Belt Magazine and Karate Illustrated.
His first real exposure to the martial arts came when he was only 8 years old. A family friend introduced him to a Ju-jutsu style called Miyama-Ryu. Not knowing that this was the path that The Most High has chosen for him, at the age of 12 years old, during a school lunch break, he was attacked by five older boys. No one came to his aid. It was then that he made the decision that would change his life—he began his formal training in Bu-jutsu.
Sensei Morales has dedicated his life to the study of Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-jutsu, and due to his relentless pursuit has a profound knowledge of its Kata and its Bunkai (Applications).
He is highly regarded for his advanced abilities in the ways of Martial Science, Tuidi-jutsu (Grab Hand Art) and Kyusho-jutsu (Vital/Pressure points Point Art) that are Sub Arts of Karate.
Morales Sensei is a professional Karate teacher, who has trained with the world's leading Goju-Ryu's masters. To name a few, he was a senior student of Master Teruo Chinen, Chief Instructor of Jundokan International, and also a student of Grandmaster Eiichi Miyazato 10th Dan, founder of the Jundokan Dojo and student of the founder of Goju-Ryu, Grandmaster Chojun Miyagi.
Morales Sensei's quest for knowledge kept him searching for other Goju-Ryu teachers. In the late 1990s he met the head master of International Kenshi-kai Organization Hanshi Tetsuhiro Hokama 10th Dan in Okinawan Goju-Ryu and Kobu-jutsu. Morales Sensei feels very fortunate to be under the tutelage of Grandmaster Hokama. He is truly a master of “The Old Ways."
Our headmaster is Hokama Tetsuhiro Hanshi, 10th Dan, based in Nishisara, Okinawa.
Hokama Tesuhiro, Hanshi 10th Dan, is President of the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Kenshi-kai Karate-do Kobudo Association and founder of the first Karate Kobudo museum in the world.
Although not as well known in the United States compared to other Okinawan Goju-Ryu teachers, Hanshi Hokama is one of the most knowledgeable Goju-Ryu Karate masters. He has a deep understanding of the "Old Ways" of Karate.
Born in Taiwan in 1944 of Okinawan parents, Hanshi Hokama began studying Karate as a child in 1952. His grandfather Seiken Tokuyama taught him the fundamentals of Shuri-te Karate. In 1961 his formal training began at the Naha Commercial High School Karate club. That same year he began training with the legendary Seiko Higa (1898 - 1966) a student of Kanryo Higaonna (1853 - 1915) and Chojun Miyagi (1888 - 1953).
It was at Higa's Dojo that he met Shinpo Matayoshi (1922 - 1997 Kobudo teacher) and began learning Kobudo, and Kingai-Ryu (a martial art that his father, Shinko Matayoshi 1888 - 1947 learned in Manchuria). Upon the death of Seiko Higa in 1966 Hanshi Hokama continued his training with one of Higa's top students, Seiko Fukuchi (1919 - 1975), who was Seiko Higa's assistant instructor. It was both of these great masters that taught Hokama the Kakushite (hidden hand) referring to the secret techniques in Kata.
A young Tetsuhiro Hokama was not convinced with the bunkai (Kata breakdown) he was first being taught. He kept asking questions and even doubting the Kata applications. His teachers saw the young Hokama's eagerness to learn and they began teaching him the "Old Ways". Higa eventually gave him a copy of the Bubishi, an ancient martial arts text and told him to study it deeply.