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Karate events in Okinawa for April 2017

2017.04.05

Here are the major karate related events planned in Okinawa for April 2017.

 

Pref. JHS Spring tournament

Date: April 15

Venue: Gushikawa Gymnasium, Uruma City

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. JHS Federation

 

Kobudo seminar

Dates: April 15-17

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Budokan

Organizer: Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshinkan Association

 

Exchange training

Date: April 17

Venue: Maehara Community Center, Ginowan City

Organizer: Okinawa Kenpo Karate Association

 

International Exchange Karate demonstration

Date: April 22

Venue: Okinawa Karate Kaikan

Organizer: Okinawa Deigo Unesco Association

 

Pref. SHS Spring tournament

Date: April 22

Venue: Kadena SHS, Kadena Town

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. SHS Federation

 

Okinawa university student tournament

Date: April 29

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Budokan

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. University student Federation

 

 

Note that the karate bureau doesn’t endorse these events.

They are announced as a source of information only.

According to the event, there might be or not an entrance fee.

For more details, please contact directly the organizers.

If you wish to ad an event, please let us know.

(Source: Okinawa Karate News)

Donation collection for the statue of Uechi Kanbun sensei

2017.03.15

kanbunsensei Sakura

A project of raising a statue of the founder of Uechi-ryu Uechi Kanbun sensei is under way. The executive committee led by 4th Sōke Uechi Sadanao sensei is collecting donations in order to support the project.

Outline of the projet

Construction site: Yaedake Sakura no Mori – Cherry Blossom Park, in Motobu Town. This is the birthplace of Uechi Kanbun sensei.

Cost: 9,000,000 yen (statue and pedestal)

Size of the statue: Approximately 1.8 meters (with the pedestal, almost 3 meters high)

Unveiling ceremony: October 29, 2017 (Sunday)

Supports: Motobu Town, etc.

If you are a member dojo of an Okinawan organization, contact your headquarters directly.

For individuals, donations are accepted from 100,000 yen. For this, an inscription will be inscribed on the monument.

Payment: The Bank of the Ryukyus – SWIFT code: RYUBJPJZ – Bank code: 0187 – Futenma branch – Account number: 655272 – Account holder: Uechi Sadanao

Deadline: April 30, 2017

Contact: uechiryu2017@gmail.com

 

 

(Motobu Park photo credit: Daniel López)

 

Website of the Okinawa Karate Kaikan

2017.02.27

The official website of the Okinawa Karate Kaikan has been launched.

http://karatekaikan.jp/en/

Passing of Nakamura Yoshio sensei

2017.02.14

Hanshi 10th dan Nakamura Yoshio sensei passed away on February 10th. Born in 1916, he was one of the eldest karate masters on Okinawa who studied under masters Gusukuma (Shiroma) Shinpan and Higa Yūchoku. He opened his dojo Enbukan in 1975 and chaired the Zen Okinawa Karatedō Federation from 2003-2005. May he rest in peace.

Karate events in Okinawa for February 2017

2017.02.03

Here are the major karate related events planned in Okinawa for February 2017.

 

6th School Karatedo Demonstration

Dates: February 3

Venue: Tomigusuku City Gymnasium

Organizer: Okinawa Shogaku

 

Senior High School Spring Tournament

Date: Feb. 4-5

Venue: Urasoe City

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. SHS Federation

 

8th Tomigusuku City Tournament

Date: Feb. 5

Venue: Tomigusuku City Gymnasium, Tomigusuku City

Organizer: Tomigusuku City Athletics Association

 

All Okinawa Karate Kobudo Tournament

Date: February 12

Venue: Okinawa International University, Ginowan City

Organizer: Okinawa Karate Kobudo Federation

 

Okinawa City Cultural Festival and Karate Kobudo Demonstration

Date: February 12

Venue: Municipal Small Theater Ashibina, Okinawa City

Organizer: Okinawa City Cultural Association

 

1st Senior High School Karatedo Demonstration

Dates: February 17

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: Okinawa Shogaku

 

4th Okinawa Pref. Uechi-ryu Youth Tournament

Date: Feb. 25

Venue: Kadena Junior High School, Kadena Town

Organizer: Executive committee

 

 

Note that the karate bureau doesn’t endorse these events.

They are announced as a source of information only.

According to the event, there might be or not an entrance fee.

For more details, please contact directly the organizers.

If you wish to add an event, please let us know.

(Source: Okinawa Karate News)

1st Okinawa karate international tournament in 2018

2017.01.18

On January 16th, 2017, a general meeting between the Okinawa Prefecture Government and karate authorities on Okinawa was held in Naha City. It was announced that the “1st Okinawa karate international tournament” will be held August 1-8, 2018 in Okinawa. Competitions will be Okinawa traditional karate kata and kobudo kata. Other related events will be planned.

An official website should be launched soon.

At the moment, our karate bureau is not directly involved with the organization of this event. For more info, please contact directly the Okinawa Prefecture through this page mentioning the word karate in the subject line. Doing so, your mail will be transfer to the Karate promotion division.

We hope to see you in Okinawa in the summer of 2018!

New year greetings for 2017, year of the rooster

2017.01.11

The year of the rooster – Tori-doshi in Japanese – promises to be a great one for Okinawa with especially the Okinawa Karate Kaikan opening March 4th.

In the past, this zodiac year brought some auspicious and less lucky events… In this way, the unification of Ryukyu by King Sho Hashi and the relative peace that followed, and the invasion of the kingdom by the Satsuma clan occurred respectively in 1429 and 1609, two years of the rooster.

While the years of the cock 1897 and 1917 gave respectively birth to kobudo master Taira Shinken 120 years ago and Goju-ryu master Toguchi Seikichi 100 years ago, 1945, another year of the rooster, took away many legendary figures of karate like Kyan Chotoku, Hanashiro Chomo, Shinzato Jinan, etc.

Looking at past Tori-doshi, it also seems that some Okinawan masters are more “cock” than others…

Uechi Kanbun sensei was born in Motobu in the north of Okinawa 140 years ago in 1877, not a year of the cock. However, 1897 when he traveled to China learning what would later become Uechi-ryu and 1909, the year he came back to Okinawa are both years of the cock! A monument in memory of the master is in preparation and should be raised this year in Motobu Town.

Chibana Choshin sensei was born in 1885 and passed away in 1969, two years of the cock! He named his style “Shorin-ryu” in 1933, also a year of the rooster.

Nagamine Shoshin sensei wasn’t born under the rooster sign, however 2017 will definitely be a year during which the master should be remembered and commemorated. Indeed, he was born 110 years ago in 1907, named his style “Matsubayashi-ryu” 70 years in 1947 and passed away 20 years ago in 1997. Hopefully, we can expect a commemorative event in 2017 gathering his followers from around the globe.

As for the bureau last year, we helped and supported 220 people in regards to Okinawa karate and kobudo. With the numbers for previous years being 21 (2012), 78 (2013), 134 (2014), and 168 (2015), that’s a total of 621 people in 5 years of activities.

Looking closely at the Kaikan’s development, we will act accordingly to furthermore support Okinawa karate and its many worldwide enthusiasts.

World Tournament in the summer of 2018

2016.12.31

After the 1995, 1997, 2003, and 2009 editions, the World Tournament for Okinawa traditional karate and kobudo will be held in the summer of 2018. An executive committee will be established mid-January 2017 and the official dates of the event should be announced. An official website should also be launched by the end of Japanese fiscal year, that is to say March 2017. One of the new features of this event is the “per style” karate kata tournament.

More details will come soon but you can plan your trip to Okinawa for either July or August 2018!

 

Source: Article published in issue 127 of Okinawa Karate News

Karate events in Okinawa for January 2017

2016.12.28

Here are the major karate related events planned in Okinawa in January 2017.

 

International karatedo seminar

Date: January 6

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: Kyudokan Higa-te Italy Dojo

 

Start of the Martial Year and Opening of the Budokan

Date: January 8

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: Okinawa Prefecture Budo Coordination Council

 

Karate seminar

Dates: January 19

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: Kyokushin Kaikan, Okinawa Prefecture Branch

 

4th Kyokushin Rengo Cup – World Tournament

Dates: January 21-22

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: Kyokushin Kaikan, Okinawa Prefecture Branch

 

21st Ryuei-ryu Karate and Kobudo Tournament

Dates: January 21-22

Venue: Ginoza Village Gymnasium, Ginoza Village

Organizer: Okinawa Ryuei-ryu Karate Kobudo Ryuho-kai

 

Fusion of Okinawa Karate and Okinawa Crafts Symposium

Dates: January 26

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Museum, Naha City

Organizer: Okinawa prefecture industrial arts cooperation center

 

 

Note that the karate bureau doesn’t endorse these events.

They are announced as a source of information only.

According to the event, there might be or not an entrance fee.

For more details, please contact directly the organizers.

If you wish to add an event, please let us know.

(Source: Okinawa Karate News)

Naha, Town of Karate and Kobudo

2016.12.14

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