Experience of Okinawan Karate training

Here are some testimonies from past participants. They are based on the following criteria - satisfaction, service, originality, price recommendation.

Stuart (Male)

Karate Experience
10 years
I really want to learn Okinawa karate techniques

My Okinawan Karate Experience.

Having trained in Karate for several years, it had long been a dream of mine to travel to Okinawa and experience karate in its purest form, where it was created. Eventually, I decided it was time to go. That was when I found Ageshio Japan, a travel company specialising in karate tours. They were able organise introductions and training with Okinawan Karate Senseis, accomodation, Karate history tours, dining at local specialty restaurants and shopping.

During my time in Okinawa, I was lucky enough to train with some of the most senior Karate instructors in the world. The tour included a visit to the Jundokan Dojo and training with its 2 most senior Goju-Ryu instructors, Tetsu Gima Sensei and Tsuneo Kinjo Sensei, both 9th Dan black belts. A real highlight for me. We also trained with Tetsuhiro Hokama Sensei, a 10th Dan black belt at his Dojo, where he also has a karate museum. Hokama Sensei also runs a Karate history tour. On the tour, we visited the graves/ memorials of several great Okinawan Karate masters. Hokama Sensei's extensive knowledge of Karate and Okinawan history gave me a great insight into life in Okinawa.

I found Ageshio Japan travel company to be very professional. All enquiries prior to my trip were answered promptly and in good detail, making my holiday stress free. The accomodation was comfortable and within walking distance to local shopping outlets. I highly recommend Ageshio Japan to anyone wanting to travel to Okinawa and to Karate practitioners of all levels.

Michael (Male: 36 years)

Karate Experience
3 years
To experience Karate at its roots

It was an eye-opening experience!

After practicing Karate for quite a few years, I grew more and more interested in better understanding how it all started. In April 2018, we finally had the opportunity. Our whole Shanghai Karate club decided to make a trip to Okinawa together. We asked Ageshio, which I know many years, to organize.

They created a good combination between training, learning, and recreational activities. We had the opportunity to study with many very different well-seasoned masters, each at least 9th Dan. All masters about who one usually only reads in book and internet articles. We trained in one master’s own dojo. The master and some of his students are living there, thus the dojo truly being the center of their lives.
The wide diversity of styles showed us many new perspectives. Each training emphasized different aspects of karate, such as the meaning of kata, advanced breathing, decisive blocking, and the original applications behind various techniques, for example, neko dachi being more than just a stance, but rather a devastating counter attack. Overall, an eye-opening experience. The major takeaway being that there is a huge difference between Okinawa karate and sports karate.

We also had the opportunity to go on a Karate history tour with a local guide, who also happened to be Tetsuhiro Hokama sensei (10th dan). Under his expert guidance, we went to several famous karate masters graves and locations of importance to the history of Karate on Okinawa.

It was not all about Karate, we also reflected about the learning during a number of fun recreational activities. The insight to live on Okinawa included local restaurants, one where the owner fishes his raw materials (Tuna) himself. A beach BBQ, relaxation of all the hurting muscles in a local hot spring, and the local night live made the whole trip a well balance experience.

In summary, the service level and English translation were good. The level of patience of the masters and their openness to share was awesome. We would have never found these historic sites and recreational place on our own. I would like thank Kenny, Kevin and their team, without their organization this would not have been such a memorable experience.

Hiromi (Female: 40 years)

Karate Experience
5 years
I wanna learn authentic Karate in Okinawa!



Sajan (Male: 43 years)

Karate Experience
25 years
I want to learn the technique of Okinawa Karate

Fantastic experience in my Karate life!

I have learned Karate for 25 years now and I became Nepal Karate champion of KATA in Shito-Ryu. As I grew older I feel that my physical abilities have changed and that why I began to be interested in Okinawa Karate.

I came to Okinawa on July 2017 and learned Okinawa KARATE training for 10 days. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to understand Japanese, but all teachers were able to teach me Okinawa Karate in English.
Not only that, the Ageshio company gave me the sheet of techniques written in English, so I can learn Okinawa Karate very effectively!

In the ten days I stayed in Okinawa, I met three grand masters of Okinawa Karate and they were really great masters. All three masters have more than 8 Dan (one of them have 10 Dan). Masters said Okinawa Karate is life long martial arts and the longer they practice Okinawa Karate, the more interesting they feel because of many new recognitions! This is what I expect for Okinawa Karate and I'm looking forward to continue learning Karate by this experience!

Support service by Ageshio company was also good. Thanks to their friendly support!

Pedro (Male:35 years)

Karate Experience
10 years
I want to go to the birthplace of Karate!

Great memory!

After I started learning Karate, Okinawa was always my longing placeland finally I got to experience it!

I participated five times in the DOJO and Karate history tour.

The class in DOJO were much harder than expected! Especially Sanchin, it was very hard training. This is the training for enhancing physical ability and moving with holding Nigirigame. I couldn’t keep up but most students there (including older people) were able to keep pushing.
Okinawa Karate is about enhancing physical strength, which is very important. They also practice Sanchin a lot. Students are very tough! I was surprised that they were really strong and their defense was very painful. I feel Okinawa Karate was really practical.

Although class in DOJO were very hard, the Karate history tour was a lot of fun. I participated with other students in DOJO. We visited many Karate historical places and tombs of Karate grand master’s. We wore Karate-gi and took heaps photos together. I have made many amazing memories in Okinawa.

The communication with Okinawan people was also interestingly fun and educational. Sakaemachi is a very famous local bar area and they're so many friendly local people. Some people who we met in the bar taught us a Okinawan song and we all sang together while playing the Okinawan guitar.

Another day, Ageshio CEO Kenny took us to his house for lunch. His house is a typical Okinawa old house and very comfortable. Kenny was a Japanese Karate champion and he has lived in Australia for 15 years.

Alan (Male: 47 years)

Karate Experience
35 years
I want to learn practical technique of Okinawa Karate

Many thanks to grand masters!

I came to Okinawa in August this year. As this is the birthplace of Karate, I have been interested in Okinawa Karate for a long time. Although my stay in Okinawa was just 1 week, this was great experience.

What I was surprised is all masters who taught me in Okinawa are more than 9 Dans. Based on my request, I learned KATA mainly. The Masters KATA is a really strong movement. They taught me the meaning of every movement.
I’ve learned Karate for a long time and most KATA I learned here I was already familiar with but there were actually a few I hadn't learned and was learning it for the first time.

It was also great that I was able to communicate with the masters in English. They not only taught me Karate techniques but also taught me Karate philosophy, history and their experience of Karate. The most impressive thing one masters said was that when he was young he practiced Karate twice a week but now he practice six times a week with his own business. Being over 65 years old, that is pretty impressive. Actually all masters look very lively and energetic for their age.

The experience in Okinawa gave me a new goal for my Karate life. I'm deeply appreciate for all masters I met here! I want to come back here again.