On 25 December 1938 Goju-ryu Karate master, Morio Higaonna was born in Naha, Okinawa.
Higaonna began his his journey into Karate journey by first studying Shorin-ryu Karate. He later changed to Goju-ryu Karate, studying under Ei’ichi Miyazato, the most senior student of Goju-ryu founder Chojun Miyagi.
Higaonna was awarded his 1st Dan by Miyazato in 1957. He has gone on to be one of the foremost Goju-ryu masters, promoting this style of Karate around the world.