Japan, Karate, Okinawa, pentax 645Z, Photography, profoto
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Meitatsu Yagi 10th-dan Goju-ryu Karate

Meitatsu Yagi 10th-dan International Meibukan Goju-ryu Karate-do Association

I’d been hoping to photograph Meitatsu Yagi for the project for several years. In March 2014 I took portraits of his younger brother Meitetsu Yagi, and his nephew Ippei Yagi, but hadn’t been able to coordinate a time with Meitatsu Yagi.

Meitatsu Yagi 10th-dan International Meibukan Goju-ryu Karate-do Association

Luckily at the Tookachi seminars for Iha sensei’s students I had the opportunity to photograph Yagi sensei and some of the other masters of Okinawa karate.

Meitatsu Yagi 10th-dan International Meibukan Goju-ryu Karate-do Association
Meitatsu Yagi 10th-dan International Meibukan Goju-ryu Karate-do Association
Meitatsu Yagi 10th-dan International Meibukan Goju-ryu Karate-do Association

Amazingly Meitatsu Yagi was one of the first karate masters I ever photographed. I shot him with my Pentax 67 film camera in around 2004. I was visiting Murasaki Mura and asked the man in the white uniform with a black belt if I could take his photo. At that time I didn’t know his name, or that 15 years later, I’d still be on Okinawa, and spending most of my time photographing and interviewing karate masters.

Meitatsu Yagi, International Meibukan Goju-ryu Karate Do Association Hanshi 10th dan at Murasaki Mura Dojo around 2004

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