Master Minoru Higa 10 th dan, nephew of Yuchoku Higa and Jintatsu Higa, was born in Naha, Okinawa on September 18, 1941. His first experience of martial arts (Judo) was at the age of 11, under the guidance of Yogen Tamashiro. In 1960 he became the pupil of the Yokomoto Isekichi and began practicing karate with his uncle Yuchoku Higa.
The same year he enrolled in the Japan Bodybuilding Center, driven by his passion for weight-training. From 1960 onwards Minoru Higa attended the famous temple of judo, the "Kodokan", attaining the grade of 4th Dan in this discipline.
His physique, which he developed through weight-training and intense practice of judo and karate, helped Higa to become the university boxing champion.
In 1964 he graduated in Business and Economics.
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