The Okinawa Shorinryu Kyudokan Karate-do school, now known as 'The Higa Family Karate-do' , is a traditional school renowned throughout the world because of its history, its accumulated culture and the traditions handed down over the centuries. The Kyudokan Karate-do, founded by the Master Yuchoku Higa, one of the most famous 10th Dan Masters in the world. Handed down from generation to generation, kyudokan has advanced its technical content with regard to the art of movement, without losing the spirit of the original. Some of the basic features of the school are as follows:
The Myo Mamoru principle, namely the concept of defending and protecting (sheltering) the body.
Development of Ki (energy) by means of systematic Hara (tandem) work and the principles of yin and yang.
The rule of Kokyu (breathing)
The Marumi-Muchimi principle, namely circularity of movement and the conclusion of the technique at its maximum level.
In traditional karate, the self-taught do not exist. One cannot in fact be a master without first having had a Master, and in order to become a Master one has to first become a pupil. It is a disciple-chain that has been continued over many generations, and will continue for as long as traditional karate exists. The Kyudokan school teachers also provide for a sporting sector, for completeness and not for the very essence. Competition is in fact an activity in which anybody can take part, out of choice, and never under obligation, in order to enrich one's own experience.
As Master Jintatsu Higa said; "the competitive element is only a single element of the whole, real karate is for life", thus underlining the importance of practice without the requirement of eventual success and without and pre-arranged, confining limits. The Kyudokan School motto - KYUDO MUGEN - (the study-trail is never-ending) symbolizes the spirit of the school, that is, constancy in practice and an endless search for perfection as a way towards growth, as an antithesis to the confining mentality. Kyudokan is technically oriented for fighting. Therefore unnecessary movements are left out in Kyudokan techniques. High and short positions are used, which allow fast changes of movement using ’Tai Sabaki’. With special emphasis put on speed, the use of blocks focused on cutting or avoiding attacks, without strength excess. With the exception of the high zone (jodan) defense, the defenses are closed, and elbows practically do not separate from the rest of the body in carrying out soto uke, uchi uke, gedan barai, shuto uke etc. In this way, speed action is gained and the body is more protected.