About Us

Ryukyu Karate.org Ryukyu Karate is a research organization and training website. We study the traditional Martial Arts of Okinawa. The mission statement of this website is to be a technical resource for dedicated martial artists.

Iwaoka Sensei and Hayek Sensei combined have 80+ years of martial art experience and training. They have studied with some of the leading martial art instructors in the world (many of which have passed away). It is from their combined knowledge and understanding of the traditional martial arts that has led to the formation of RyukyuKarate.org. They research and share the martial art principles that apply to self defense, health, and daily life. They also wish to help preserve the essence of true martial arts. Martial Art training is not easy, it was meant for battle and in peacetime for perfecting the spirit. It is as useful today as it was back in the 1600’s.


Instructor – Henry Iwaoka – Shihan

Henry Iwaoka (Sensei) has studied various styles of traditional Chinese, Okinawan and Japanese martial arts. He has advanced Black Belts in Shorin-ryu Karate, Eishin-ryu Iaido and Hakkoryu Jujutsu. He has teaching licenses in Karate and Jujutsu.

Instructor – DK Hayek – Shihan

Kent Hayek (Sensei) has studied the techniques of Okinawa-te and Ryukyu-Te from Japanese Okinawan Instructors. Sensei Hayek is black belt member of Kokusai Budoin IMFA Tokyo, Japan.  Hayek Sensei has received teaching licenses From Sato Sensei in Jujutsu and from Oyata Sensei in Ryukyu Kempo Karate and Kuda Sensei in Matsumura Kenpo.