(republished with permission)
Hokama Tetsuhiro Sensei, Hanshi 10th Dan, is not only the current head of the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Kenshikai Karate-Do and Kobudo Organization, but is also founder and curator of the first Okinawan Karate and Kobudo Museum.
Regarded as a highly skillful and gifted karateka, Hokama Sensei has earned a reputation of being a living karate legend and many karate enthusiasts from around the world come to Okinawa specifically to receive his invaluable tutelage. Additionally, his work as a karate researcher places him as one of the most renowned and respected historians of Okinawan Karate, and you wouldn’t be wrong in calling him a guardian of it’s ancient traditions and history.
Regardless of being called Goju-Ryu, Hokama Sensei’s karate has a very interesting and unique look to it. I would speculate that this is partly due to the research he has done into the influence that traditional chinese martial arts and medicine had on the original fighting...