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Symposium: Visions of the future for Okinawa karate

2016.12.01

The Karate promotion division organized a symposium on November 15th at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum. It was titled “Okinawa karate symposium – The charms of Okinawa traditional karate and kobudo and its cultural values”. Some 80 people came to listen to a lecture and a panel discussion.

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During the first part, karate hanshi and former president of the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts Miyagi Tokumasa sensei gave a 50 minutes speech on the movement of the karate world in Okinawa prior to and after WWII. He supported his thoughts by displaying many newspaper articles and important documents that he has collected during a life dedicated to karate research. He reviewed many historical facts touching various topics like the organizations’ progresses, alliances and ruptures, the issue of titles and ranks, etc. One article published in the Ryukyu Shimpo June 25, 1965 and signed by late Miyazato Eiichi sensei was particularly interesting. Titled ‘Martial arts grades and titles’, the author wrote “Martial arts will rise with ranks and will be destroyed by ranks.” This was certainly a stimulus to many people in the audience. Ending his lecture, Miyagi sensei who also stands as advisor to the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai (ODKS) declared that “the Shinkokai must promote uniting all Okinawa” sending a strong message so that non-members could participate in today’s movement.

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(The 1965 article signed by late Miyazato Eiichi sensei)

During the second part of the event, 4 experts were asked to give their thoughts, with Yamakawa Testuo, head of the Karate promotion division serving as host of the panel discussion. Dana Masayuki, head of the Prefectural Museum started by reaffirming that in the past, “karate was practiced in towns and was not present in the countryside”. Regarding historical value, he continued declaring that many more documents dating of the 1700ies are still to be found in China and Satsuma (former clan in Kagoshima Prefecture) and thus further research is essential. The chairman of the boards of directors of the ODKS, Kiyuna Choko sensei followed introducing the goals of the organization, also mentioning the needs of putting in place ranks.

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The third panelist was Shinjo Kiyohide sensei, chairman of the boards of directors of the Okinawa Prefecture Karatedo Federation and head of the Uechi-ryu Karatedo Kenyukai. Asked by Mr. Yamakawa about the relation between traditional karate and sport karate, he started speaking about his young years in karate asserting that “I was able to continue karate because there was kumite”. Today, as a teacher of the youth, and also as the head of an international organization with more than 20 branches in the world, he stressed the importance to meet the needs of our time by answering with both Dento (tradition) and Kakushin (innovation).

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At that moment, Mr. Yamakawa reflected on this year’s great results: the establishment of the Karate promotion division within the OPG*, the Guinness world record, the wins of Kiyuna Ryo and his teammates at the recent WKF world tournament. He continued proposing for an event in 2022 in which both traditional karate and sport karate could meet. He explained the choice of 2022 as the 50th commemoration of the return of Okinawa to Japan in 1972 and the 100th anniversary of the demonstration by Funakoshi Gichin sensei at the 1st Physical education exhibition organized by the Ministry of Education in 1922. To this, Shinjo sensei vigorously answered that rather than touching sport karate, many issues must be addressed: the reexamination of the standards of tradition, research on technique based on history, per styles analysis of points of agreement on a technical aspects, etc. There are a lot of issues. However, aiming at Genten Kaiki – return to the origin, and solving the previous homework assignments, the course of action of Okinawa traditional karate will become clear.

Finally, the four panelists were asked to give their opinions on how they envision karate in 30 years. Miyagi sensei warned the audience that Todi and karate are two different things. Also, quoting late Kinjo Hiroshi sensei’s remark “Karate started with its introduction into school education”, he once again emphasized the importance of Onko Chishin or learning from the past. Kiyuna sensei foresaw the introduction of karate in all schools from elementary to senior high schools. Shinjo sensei reiterated the need of returning to the roots in traditional karate adding the importance of the starting point that is Ippon in kumite.

The final words were from Mr. Dana. About karate, he recommended, “It is undeniable that the influence of China is big. However, China is a country that values reforms over tradition. Today, for Okinawa karate, it is important to research how the many overseas influences were digested in Okinawa. In that matter, it is necessary to look again at the history of the Meiji era** and its people.” “A changing tradition is a proof of an energetic society. But karate is Okinawa’s tradition” concluded the only non-karateka of the panel, ending a successful 1st symposium by the Karate promotion division.

 

* Okinawa Prefecture Government

** 1868-1912

 

Article courtesy of Okinawa Karate News

Photos source: Okinawa Prefecture Karate promotion division and Okinawa Karate News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Karate events in Okinawa for November 2016

2016.11.06

Here are the major karate related events planned in Okinawa for the November 2016.

 

Kishimotodi seminar

Date: November 2

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan

Organizer: Challenge Okinawa

 

12th Taishinkan Youth Tournament

Date: November 6

Venue: Urasoe Municipal Gymnasium

Organizer: Okinawa Karatedo Shorin-ryu Taishinkan Association

 

2nd Shorinji-ryu Renshinkan Tournament

Date: November 12

Venue: Mekaru Elementary School, Naha City

Organizer: Renshinkan Okinawa Hdqrs.

 

Okinawa Special Seminar

Dates: November 12-13

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan

Organizer: Okinawa Karatedo Musokai

 

14th Seibukan-Shubukan combined tournament

Dates: November 20

Venue: Takushi Elementary School, Uraose City

Organizers: Seibukan & Shubukan

 

43rd Okinawa Shorinji-ryu Tournament

Date: November 20

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan

Organizer: Okinawa Shorinji-ryu Karatedo Federation

 

68th Okinawa Athletic Meet – Karate tournament

Date: November 26

Venue: Nanbu Norin SHS, Tomigusuku City

Organizer: Okinawa Amateur Sports Association

 

International Seminar in Russia

Date: November 25-27

Venue: Moscow, Russia

Organizers: Okinawa Prefecture

Info: Mr. Valeriy Maistrovoy http://www.okinawakarate.com/

 

 

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)

October 2016, the month of karate in Okinawa

2016.09.12

October 2016 promises to be a great month for karate enthusiasts in Okinawa. In addition to the Naha Festival and its Great Tug of War and the yearly commemorative events in relation with the Karate Day, officially established on October 25th, many karate manifestations are scheduled this year.

Here is the list, which will be updated along the way.

 

Premier League 2016 Okinawa Tournament

Dates: October 1-2

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: WKF

http://www.jkf.ne.jp/karate1-okinawa/

 

CFA seminars

Dates: October 3-7

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: Karate Kenkyūkai

http://www.karatekenkyukai.org/

 

Naha Festival and Great Tug of War

Dates: October 8-10

Venue: Kokusai Street, Route 58 Kumoji crossing, Onoyama Park, Naha City

Organizer: Naha City & Conservation Society of Naha Giant Tug of War

http://www.naha-otsunahiki.org/en/index.html

 

21st All Okinawa Champs

Dates: October 16

Venue: Tamagusuku Gymnasium, Nanjo City

Organizer: Zen Okinawa Karatedo Federation

 

3rd 100 Kata for Karate Day challenge

Dates: October 22 (9AM Start)

Venue: Chura Sun Beach, Tomigusuku City

Organizer: Challenge Okinawa

http://challengeokinawa.com

 

Dedicatory demonstration for the victims of the war

Dates: October 23, starts at AM 6:00

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Peace Memorial Park, Itoman City

Organizer: Uechi-ryu-kei Rengokai

 

Karate Day’s demonstration 2016 & Guinness world record challenge

Date: October 23

Venue: Kokusai Street and in front of Naha Tenbusu, Naha City

Organizers: Okinawa Prefecture Government, etc.

http://karate-otkk.jp/

 

WUF Karate kobudo exchange demonstration

Date: October 25

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: Okinawa Prefecture Government, etc.

http://karate-otkk.jp/

 

 

 

The 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival

October 26-30

More at http://wuf2016.com/en/

 

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Symposium “Karate and kobudo town, Naha” 2016

Dates: October 26, starts at PM6:00

Venue: Palette Civic Theater, Naha City

Organizers: Naha City Karatedo Federation, Naha City

 

2nd Okinawa Kenpo International Seminar

Dates: October 29-30

Venue: Ginowan City employees sport center

Organizer: Okinawan Kenpō Karatedō Association

http://www.kenposeminar.com

 

19th Junior HS Champs

Dates: October 29

Venue: Gushikawa Comprehensive Gymnasium, Uruma City

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. JHS Athletic Federation

 

All Okinawa Karatedo Tournament

Dates: October 30

Venue: Okinawa City Budokan

Organizer: Okinawa Karate-Do Association

 

(Courtesy of Okinawa Karate News)

 

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.

Okigin Furusato Shinko Kikin report

2016.09.05

Our report about the “Karate Expansion Forum” project was posted on the Okinawa Bank website.

Sorry, in Japanese only. An English version is on its way.

http://www.okinawa-bank.co.jp/opf/

 

More on this project on this page.

http://okkb.org/3994

 

The actual website of the forum is

http://www.karateforum.org/

Karate events for September 2016

2016.09.02

Here are the events in Okinawa for the month of September 2016.

 

2nd Uechi-ryu Kata Tournament

Date: September 3

Venue: Kadena Dome

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. Uechi-ryu Karatedo Federation

 

Abo Toru & Hokama Tetsuhiro Debate and discussion

Date: September 4

Venue: Tomigusuku Central Public Hall

Organizer: Healthy Karate Project

 

Naha City Karatedo Championships

Date: September 4

Venue: Naha Civic Gymnasium

Organizer: Naha City Karatedo Federation

 

Uruma Karatedo Kobudo Tournament

Date: September 4

Venue: Uruma City Comprehensive Gymnasium

Organizer: Uruma City Karatedo Federation

 

Youth Karatedo Tournament

Dates: September 4

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: Okinawa Karatedo Gojukai

 

Okinawa Pref. SHS Championships

Dates: September 10

Venue: Futenma SHS

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. SHS Federation

 

7th Anniversary of the passing of Nakazato Joen sensei

Date: September 24

Venue: Sugar Hall, Nanjo City

Organizer: Nakazato Joen sensei wo Shinobukai

 

3rd Kobudo Champs

Dates: September 25

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. Karatedo Federation

 

(Courtesy of Okinawa Karate News)

 

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.

Decease of Nakazato Shugoro sensei

2016.08.26

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One of the last eminences of Okinawa karate, Nakazato Shugoro sensei passed away on August 24, 2016. He was 97 years old.

Born in 1920, he was a direct student of Chibana Choshin sensei and founded the famous Shorin-ryu Shorinkan Nakazato Dojo in 1953. Hanshi 10th dan in 1980, he was recognized as an intangible cultural asset holder for “Okinawa karate and kobujutsu” by the Okinawa Prefecture in 2000. Among the many awards he received during his life devoted to Okinawan martial arts was the “Order of the Rising Sun with Gold and Silver Rays”, awarded by the government of Japan on November 4, 2007.

Our sincere condolences to his family and his many pupils.

Karate events in Okinawa for August 2016

2016.08.08

Here are the major karate related events planned in Okinawa in August 2016.

 

2016 Oshukai Summer Seminar

Dates: August 9-14

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Educational Sport Hall

Organizer: World Oshukai Federation

 

Charity Demonstration for Kumamoto

Date: August 21

Venue: Ie Island “Noson Kankyo Kaizen Center”

Organizer: Abe Dojo – Goju-ryu Karate Ryuzen-kai

 

49th Karatedo Championship Tournament

Dates: August 21

Venue: Okinawa City Budokan

Organizer: Okinawa Karate Kyokai

 

4th Okinawa Traditional Karate and Kobudo World Seminar

Dates: July 24-28

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Budokan

Organizers: Okinawa Prefecture, Okinawa Dento Karate Shinkokai

 

 

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)

Karate events in Okinawa for July 2016

2016.07.01

Here are the major karate related events planned in Okinawa in July 2016.

 

19th Junior High School Tournament

Dates: July 2-3

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Budokan

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. JHS Federation

 

28th Okinawa Times Tournament

Date: July 17

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan

Organizer: Okinawa Times Newspaper

 

Youth Rensei Tournament

Date: July 24

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. Karatedo Federation

 

7th World Budosai

Date: July 26-31

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Budokan

Organizer: IOGKF

 

37th Youth Tournament

Dates: July 31

Venue: Okinawa City Budokan

Organizer: Okinawa Karatedo Kyokai

 

 

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)

Report on our activities for 2016

2016.06.29

Established in 2011, the Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau (OTKLB) started to support those who wanted to train in Okinawan dōjō from January 2012. Five year after, as for the first six months of 2016, our bureau has helped 522 people from 31 countries. Most of these people had no connection with Okinawan organization thus needed introduction and other services.

The numbers of people we helped are 21 people in 2012, 78 in 2013, 134 in 2014, 168 in 2015.

For the 6 first months of 2016, the bureau has already supported 121 people from 16 countries. This is almost the double of last year for the same period.

 

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Some of the dojo where we introduced trainees: From the top, Zenku Dojo (Nakazato Hideo sensei), Nishihara Dojo (Oyakawa Hitoshi sensei), Shidokan Musei juku (Maeshiro Morinobu sensei), Higaonna Dojo (Higaonna Morio sensei)

The 4th Okinawa traditional karate worldwide seminar

2016.06.24

The Okinawa Prefecture Government is organizing a five-day seminar August 24-28, 2016. For more check http://karate-seminar.okinawa/

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