Okinawa Karate Life – Higa Dojo


Okinawa Karate Life : Higa Sensei in Taiwan!

Higa Masaharu sensei is a Shorinryu karate teacher and active researcher into the history and development of Okinawan martial arts. He’s also a gifted sanshin player (think the Jimi Hendrix of sanshin!), habu snake catcher and a pillar of his local community in Yomitan. He’s also a very stylish gentleman and a good friend. So I couldn’t wait to show him our new Karate Island Shirt designs and get his opinion. Well, as always he didn’t disappoint.

Initially he went for the red Dragon Karate shirt, tried that on and commented that he could wear that for work and karate events. I think he really liked it for the detailed design and the soft red colour. But then I showed him the blue Karate Action Shirt and he was sold! In fact this shirt design is made up of a collage of pictures from karate events here on Okinawa including the 100 Kata Challenge in Yomitan, which Higa Sensei took part in. So once he put that on I knew I wasn’t going to get it back again! He’s the kind of man you just can’t refuse (in the nicest way) and when he told me he was going to Taiwan the next day to do more research into the roots of Okinawa karate I was excited to hear that.

And it seems he wore his new ‘favourite’ shirt for pretty much the whole time he was there! I love the picture above from the dojo in Taiwan with Yoshida sensei. But the absolute top photo has got to be of Higa sensei and Soma sensei at the airport looking like the ‘Yomitan Mafia’ – so cool!