Welcome to CFA Magazine

setting the standard in martial arts journalism

Classical Fighting Arts magazine is a periodical distributed by direct mail to subscribers, and through the major book chains such as Barnes & Noble, Hastings Entertainment, etc. Distribution in North America and Canada is by the largest US distributors, Ingram Periodicals Inc. While every effort is made to publish at quarterly intervals, a greater emphasis is placed on quality of content than strict adherence to publishing deadlines.

Volume 2 #16

Cover: Tsuyoshi Uechi Sensei 9th Dan
Isshin Ryu.

Volume 2 #17

Cover: Minoru Higa 10th Dan Hanshi, Kobayashi Ryu.

Volume 2 #18

Cover: Morio Higaonna 10th Dan Hanshi
Goju Ryu.

Volume 2 #19

Cover: Isamu Arakaki 10th Dan Hanshi Kobayashi Ryu.

Volume 2 #20

Cover: Zenpo Shimabukuro 10th Dan Hanshi Shorin Ryu.

Volume 2 #21

Cover: Yoshio Kuba Sensei 9th Dan
Goju Ryu.

Volume 2 #22

Cover: Seisho Itokazu Sensei 10th Dan
Uechi Ryu.

Volume 2 #23

Cover: Tsutomu Nakahodo Sensei
10th Dan Uechi Ryu




Volume 2 #24

Cover: Eiki Kurashita 10th Dan Hanshi
Goju Ryu.

Volume 2 #25

Cover: Morio Higaonna 10th Dan Hanshi
Goju Ryu.

Volume 2 #26

Cover: Inside the Japan Karate Association, Tokyo

Volume 2 #27

Cover: Takenobu Uehara Sensei
10th Dan Uechi Ryu



Comprehensive Coverage of the Martial Arts of Japan, Okinawa and China


The Classical Fighting Arts team of contributing editors and technical advisors—which includes many of the greatest living martial arts masters and researchers—produces material of unequalled quality and depth. So much so that in 2010 it won the Award for Literary Excellence from the Okinawan Prefectural Karate Do Federation.


If you are seeking accurate, professionally researched material that is also an enjoyable and stimulating read, CFA should be your magazine of choice.


Contents of vol.3 #2 Issue #52


Giko Funakoshi: Father of Modern Shotokan? III


JKA Shotokan: Too Many Experts!


Fighting Tradition of Japan


Memories of the Oyama Dojo Part III


Karate Poems


Shinyu Gushi: Real Karate!



"Classical Fighting Arts is the only martial arts  magazine I read. I am always impressed by the quality and historic value of the articles and accompanying photographs. Classical Fighting Arts gets back to the source of the martial arts.”
   — Charles C. Goodin, Hawaii Karate Museum


News & Updates

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Vol. 3 No.2 Issue #52


Classical Fighting Arts Magazine

From Vol. 2 No.27 (Issue #50) the volume number of CFA magazine was changed to reflect the fact that we had a new distributor. However the Issue number runs consecutively, so the current issue, is Vol. 3 No.2 (Issue #52). To avoid confusion, in future we will identify specific magazines by its issue number.


CFA magazine is also available from Barnes & Noble, Hastings, and many other fine book stores. For a complete list please click here.


CFA Seminars in Japan & Okinawa

Spring 2015

March 28th - April 7th.


World Goju Ryu Centenary Celebration, Okinawa, Japan.
October 3rd - 13th 2015


Accepting applications now for all events at or by calling: 1. 800.717. 6288

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Classical Fighting Arts magazine Vol 3 #2 Issue 52 is currently in production.


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