Yoshimitsu sensei is the chief instructor of the Shinjinbukan
Shorin-ryu lineage of Okinawa Karate.
He was a life long
student of Higa Yuchoku sensei and was the Shorin-ryu chairman for
the Zen Okinawa Karate Do Renmei and is the senior Shorin-ryu
teacher on the Federation's grading panel.
He started as a
young boy under a man named Taira Osahiro, who was a student of Higa
Yuchoku. He eventually got introduced to Higa sensei and began
training with Higa at the Kyudokan. He spent nearly 13 years as the
only Uchi deshi (live in disciple) Higa sensei ever had. Just prior
to Onaga sensei's 50th birthday he opened his own dojo under the
encouragement and advice of Meitoku Yagi sensei
considered by most teachers on Okinawa to be one of the last
teachers to have learned the detailed theory, techniques and
fighting philosophy of the traditional Okinawan marital arts,
referred to as Ti.
Many teachers and masters of others arts,
Goju-ryu, Uechi-ryu, Jo-jutsu and Ken-jutsu have sought out Onaga
sensei in the recent years to learn the indigenous Okinawan art
which is at the verge of extinction