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Charles C. Goodin
Charles T. Goodin


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The Hikari Dojo is headed by Charles C. Goodin, 6th dan, and his son Charles T. Goodin, 5th dan.

From February 1997 through December 2013, the dojo conducted classes in the traditional Okinawan arts of Karate Jutsu (Kishaba Juku Shorin-Ryu) and Yamani-Ryu Bojutsu at the Halawa District Park Gym. Classes were taught twice each week for only $5 per month. The Halawa District Park Gym class closed on December 18, 2013.

Since 2014, Charles C. Goodin has privately tutored selected students. You can learn a lot about his approach to teaching Karate and his Karate research activities by reading his Karate Thoughts Blog.

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Sensei Katsuhiko Shinzato and Charles C. Goodin
Yonabaru, Okinawa, February 2002

Charles is an instructor of Okinawa Karate-Do Shorin Ryu Kishaba Juku of Yonabaru, Okinawa. "Juku" means "private academy". Kishaba Juku was founded by Sensei Chokei Kishaba. Kishaba Sensei's instructors included Sensei Hohan Soken (Matsumura Seito Shorin-Ryu, student of Nabe Matsumura), Sensei Shoshin Nagamine (founder of Matsubayashi-Ryu, student of Ankichi Arakaki, Chotoku Kyan and Choki Motobu), and Sensei Seigi Nakamura. Upon Kishaba Sensei's passing in 2000, Sensei Katsuhiko Shinzato became the Juku Cho (head).

Shinzato Sensei was a professor at Okinawa International University. His Karate teachers included Sensei Tsunetaka Shimabukuro (while he was an undergraduate student at the University of the Ryukyus), Sensei Shoshin Nagamine, Sensei Seigi Nakamura, and Sensei Chokei Kishaba. He also studied Yamani-Ryu Bojutsu under Sensei Chogi Kishaba (student of Masami Chinen). He was the English translator of The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do by Sensei Shoshin Nagamine.

Koshi & Body Dynamics. Shinzato Sensei teaches a unique form of body dynamics which is difficult to adequately describe in words. The cornerstone of training is the development and coordination of the koshi, the central part of the body encompassing the hips and surrounding areas. The lower and upper body are linked through the koshi. Thus, power generated by the lower body can the efficiently transferred to the hands or arms for blocking or striking techniques. Movements are deceptively relaxed, but powerful and delivered in a whiplike manner.

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The Goodin family with Shinzato Sensei
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Charles C. Goodin, an attorney and writer by profession, established the Hikari Dojo in February, 1997. He began his Shorin-Ryu training in 1975 under Sensei Rodney Shimabukuro, at the Our Lady of the Mount Dojo in Kalihi Valley. Shimabukuro Sensei was a student of Sensei Tommy Morita (a student of Masaichi Oshiro, Tsuyoshi Chitose, and Shoshin Nagamine, among others). Charles later also became the student of Sensei Katsuhiko Shinzato, of Yonabaru, Okinawa, in the arts of Kishaba Juku Shorin-Ryu and Yamani-Ryu Bojutsu.

He also studied, at various times and for various lengths of time:

  • Kenpo Karate (in high school, first under Florentino S. Pancipanci and later under Edward Wallace of the CHA-3 Kenpo organization),
  • Matsubayashi-Ryu (for a few years under William H. Rabacal, at the Aiea Soto Zen Mission),
  • Aikido (under Sadao Yoshioka in Hawaii (Waialae and Nuuanu YMCA dojo), and Shigeru Suzuki in Chicago briefly),
  • Judo (at Misawa Air Force Base, Japan, under Sato Sensei, and in Hawaii briefly under Richard Kimura and Kenneth Oda),
  • Kendo and Iaido (originally under Sensei Chuichi Furuyama at the University of Hawaii and Kaimuki, and briefly under Dr. Noboru Akagi and Arnold Fukutomi at the Aiea Taiheji Kendo Club), and
  • Tai Chi Chuan/Ying Tung Gung Fu (also under Florentino S. Pancipanci).

These are mentioned only to give his background and show respect to his former teachers. Charles only teaches Kishaba Juku Shorin-Ryu and Yamani-Ryu Bojutsu.

He was responsible for the restablishment the Hawaii Karate Seinenkai and the formation of the Hawaii Karate Museum.

Charles is active as a Karate historian. He is a Contributing Editor of Classical Martial Arts Magazine (formerly known as Dragon Times) and was formerly an editor of Furyu: The Budo Journal (a local journal published by Wayne Muromoto). He was also a special writer and martial arts book reviewer for The Hawaii Herald. The following are some of articles that Charles has written (or were written about his research). Click on blue links for online articles and journals.

Please see his Karate Thoughts Blog.

Shorin-Ryu.  Charles C. Goodin.

Charles C. Goodin and son, Charles T. Goodin, from the second issue of Sabani magazine. Photo: Nayna Goodin.

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