Hanshi 10th Dan and a holder of the Okinawa Prefecture designated intangible cultural asset “Okinawa Karate / Kobujutsu”, Wakugawa Kōsei sensei passed away on July 31st. Born in 1926, he studied karate under Gōjū-ryū masters Miyazato Eiichi and Iha Kōshin before being entrusted with the Shōdōkan school. Based in Naha City and Tomigusuku City, he taught generations of karateka for decades. He became a certified holder in 2000. May he rest in peace.


Wakugawa sensei’s demonstrating at the 2009 World tournament’s dedicatory demonstration