Kyudokan Bahrain

            Centuries of tradition.
    Evolving through time.
                    Survival of the fittest.

Kyudokan Higa-Te Karate


Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed partially from the indigenous martial arts of Ryukyu Islands and from Chinese kenpo.

In the initial levels, Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes among others. But as the student advances, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and vital point strikes are also taught.


The Kyudokan Karate Bahrain is the Official Branch Representative of the World Okinawan Shorin Ryu Kyudokan Karatedo Federation of Okinawa, Japan and the International Washimekai System of the Philippines. The dojo has been operating for more than 20 years and is the founding organization of the Kyudokan Bahrain which also now hosts other martial arts organizations.

Teaching Philosophy


Practice is centred around the practice of "kata" or forms. These forms, passed down by karate's great masters are a time capsule of techniques that were once meant more for self-defense at a time when sportive karate was inexistent. This meant the encryption of highly efficient techniques within the kata which must be studied thoroughly.


Our teaching-learning process is as follows:

Step 1: Memorization. This requires the Sensei to teach the kata to the student. All the intricacies such as the proper stances, hand positions, amount of force, body mechanics are taught.

Step 2: Polishing. This requires continuous checking and corrections.

Step 3: Bunkai (analysis). From here, we derive the techniques that are both obviously shown as it is, and the hidden techniques encrypted within the kata. There are usually 3 levels of bunkai which we have observed: basic bunkai (movements are as they appear), intermediate (hidden movements which incorporate striking as the final blow) and advanced bunkai (hidden movements which after a weakening blow will incorporate throwing, grappling and pressure points).

Lessons Offered

Traditional Karate Course

Here you will learn Okinawan Shorin Ryu style of Karate-do. Everyone is invited to join from ages 6-65. We do not only focus on Karate but we also give insights from several other martial arts, thus we offer a wealth of knowledge but most of all, discipline. Karate is both an art, self-defense and a sport. Karate can be applied in daily life as karate trains not only the body but also the mind.


The traditional karate course is continuous and has no end. You can stay as long as you wish and continue to improve your skills or you can stay for a 3 - month session just to be acquainted with the art. How much you wish to learn is up to you. Ranks are given depending on the level of skills of the students.

Specialized Training Courses


We understand that some individuals have a certain goal and do not necessarily want to go through the traditional karate course which we offer. These goals can be weight loss, endurance building or hand combat short course. Sometimes, other martial artists from other styles wish to improve certain aspects of their personal fighting style and wish a more tailor made karate-course for them.


Our dojo has had several martial artists from other schools, styles and arts train with us to improve their striking or strength. Whatever your goals, you may discuss it with us and perhaps we can formulate a specialized course for you. All the courses are based on the techniques and lessons from karate and therefore all exercises are karate-based.


Below are some of the specialized courses we offer. If you have anything specific you wish to improve please don't hesitate to contact us.

- Hand-to-Hand Combat Course for Security Personnel

- Striking and Hand Techniques Improvement Course

- Self-Defense Crash Course

- Endurance/Strength Building/Flexibility Training


Head Master

Marcelo Navarroza, Kyoshi, 8th Dan WUKF, Founding Chairman of Washimekai, President of the Philippine Union of Karate & Kobudo Organizations, Official Representative and Philippine Chief Instructor of the World Okinawan Shorin Ryu Kyudokan Karate-do Federation, Philippine Member of the WUKF-World Union of Karate-do Federation


Founder and Honorary Chief Instructor

Jess Ablanida, Shihan, 5th Dan Shorin Ryu


Hombu Dojo Director and Chief Instructor

Roberto Carrillo, Sensei, 3rd Dan Shorin Ryu, 2nd Dan Black Belt WUKF


Samaco Dojo Director and Deputy Chief Instructor

Sami Samaco, Sensei, 3rd Dan Black Belt WUKF


Assistant Instructors

Aurora Algarme, Sensei, 1st Dan Black Belt WUKF

Edmund Fernando, Sempai, 1st Dan Black Belt Shorin Ryu
Derek Shaji Pious, Sempai, Junior 1st Dan Shorin Ryu