Recently, Morio Higaonna and Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate Bujutsu were recognized and inducted into the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai ( formerly Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai), the head department of the Nihon Budokan, headquartered in Tokyo Japan.
To clarify what this organization is, the word “Kobudo” in this context does not represent the art of Okinawan weaponry, but the kanji of this name actually represents “old martial arts”. This organization’s purpose is to recognize and preserve Japanese original and traditional martial arts. The Nihon Kobudo Kyokai boasts the fact that many of their members have been declared “National Cultural Treasures” by the Japanese government.
It is very difficult to be recognized by this organization. Their mission is to ensure that only recognized styles with a clear lineage traceable to the founder of their ryu are admitted. Many styles who have made application have been refused admission. Currently, member styles include Jujutsu, Kenjutsu, Aikijutsu, Taihojutsu, Ryukyu Kobujutsu, and now Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate Bujutsu represented by Morio Higaonna Sensei.
Once a year the Nihon Budokan stages a televised documentry / demonstration showcasing each member style. This demonstration will be held at the Nihon Budokan in Tokyo, January or February 1998. Morio Higaonna Sensei will be a part of this event representing the style of Okinawan Goju-Ryu.