Training at the Meibukan Hombu Dojo is like walking into a dojo that time forgot. It is the world’s oldest operating dojo under the banner of Okinawa Goju-Ryu. The Meibukan was established and named in 1952 before the passing of Goju-Ryu founder, Chojun Miyagi. Unlike much of the doctrine of modern day Okinawa Karate which is post World War II, Meibukan school of Karate focuses on Goju-Ryu before WWII. This is before the influence sport, politics, and business.
Meibukan founder, the late Dai Sensei Yagi Meitoku, was a senior student of Grand Master Chojun Miyagi and is considered a foremost expert of pre-war Goju-Ryu. Learning at the Meibukan Hombu Dojo is a step back into this era. At present, led by 10th Dan, Yagi Meitetsu Sensei, classes are offered with a respect to the past and the origins of Goju-Ryu. Meitetsu Sensei is the second son of Dai Sensei and grew up surrounded by Okinawan Karate royalty. Today, he is the recipient of both the uniforms and belts of Grand Master Chojun Miyagi and Dai Sensei.
To get the most out of training at the Honbu requires a passion for Karate, a disciplined spirit, and an open mind. Meitetsu Sensei gladly opens his doors to all overseas students but it is recommended that he is made aware of any visits prior to arrival.