The first episode of our documentary series has been released.
We start with a short introduction on the history of karate. It will be followed by 6 more episodes, that will take you in Shurite and Nahate dojo, with interviews, kata and training scenes.
You can view the video at this page. We hope you like it...
Credit: Ryukyu Shimpo Newspaper
Yesterday, the governor announced in front of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly his plans for the coming fiscal year that starts April 2012. In the cover of today's newspapers, he appears in the front covers with his speech printed in full. In the text, the governor mentions specifically that the "Okinawa Karatedo Kaikan" will be built to help the promotion of Okinawa as the birthplace of karate.
Today is indeed an historical day for karate!
As you may have noticed, we launched our Russian page. We did so earlier than planned, mainly because we received many inquiries regarding our bureau. Thank you to spread the word if you have Russian speaking friends.
French magazine Karate Bushido reporters Cyril Guenet and Johann Vayriot were in Okinawa to cover “Okinawa as the birthplace of karate”. This project was organized by the OCVB in order to promote karate overseas. Our bureau acted as coordinator for their coverage. For 4 days February 1st to 4th, they were in Okinawa and visited many dojo and karate related sites.
A specialist of filming, Cyril is a Shotokan practitioner for 25 years and presently teaches karate in Paris. He also has good connections with Keio University karate circles. Johann is of Wado-ryu style and is in charge of photography for the French magazine. In the past he took many pictures of Okinawan masters when they visited France for Bercy Festival or other occasions. Their written and video articles should appear in the next coming months.
We would like to thank all the masters and their students who patiently put up with the requirements of photography and filming. In order of visit: Shinjo Kiyohide sensei, Hokama Tetsuhiro sensei, Takara Meiyu sensei, Maeshiro Morinobu sensei and Nakamura Seiyu sensei, all the Okisho karate instructors, Yogi Josei sensei, Uechi Satoshi sensei and the members of Murasaki Mura, Nakamoto Masahiro sensei and our patient taxi driver Mr. Toguchi.
See photos of the coverage on our Facebook page.
Photo (From the left) : Cyril Guenet, Miguel Da Luz, Tamura Yoshihisa from OCVB and Johann Vayriot
Photos of Shinjo Kiyohide sensei and his brother Shinjo Narihiro sensei taken by Johann during the 20th Martial Arts Festival of Bercy, Paris, in 2005.(Copyright: Johann Vayriot/Karate Bushido)
We started shooting our first karate series yesterday, January 30. More than just punches, kicks and board breaking, what is karate really about? And what is the place of karate in today’s Okinawan society?
In this first series of mini documentaries focusing on Shurite and Nahate, Daniel López and his crew look at karate from within: Masters interviews, dojo training and atmosphere, traditional kata, tanren, kakie, people with more than 40 years of practice still enjoying it, children who are the masters of tomorrow and foreigners living fully their dreams.
No doubt, the tradition on Okinawa, the birthplace of karate, is still alive.
A documentary series starting February 2012 on okkb.org
In the steps of last year's “Okinawa Sense – Culture related Industry" Research Committee and Symposium, the Okinawa General Bureau (OBG) is holding once again this year research committee sessions in order to study other cases related to Okinawan culture and its possible development. This year, the focus is on Okinawa City (Koza) and Yaeyama Archipelago.
On January 19, our executive commitee was invited to give a presentation on the creation of the Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau and to discuss the goals and challenges it faces. Miguel Da Luz, the head of the secretariat presented our project since its start to a panel of artists, people involved with culture promotion and members of the OBG and Okinawa Prefecture Government.
In Japanese “dragon” is said “tatsu” as in Tatsu-doshi, the year of the dragon. Dragon is more commonly translated by “ryu”, which can be written a few different ways. Now as you probably know, ryu is also the word for style as in Shorin-ryu and the first character in the name Ryukyu as in Ryukyu Islands.
Ryu can be written in more than 10 different kanji, among which the ryu of Ryuei-ryu. Just for the note, this style is not related to some dragon or mystical animal. Composed of 3 kanji, the first ryu relates to the name of the Chinese master regarded as the founder of the style Ryu Ryu Ko. Amazingly, as we welcome the year of the dragon, the 2nd kanji of the master is the one for dragon! Read more on this style in the Ryuei-ryu page.
The entire team of the “Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau” wishes you a nice end and beginning of year and hope that 2012 will be a good one for all.
Happy New Year, Akemashite Omedeto, and see you in the year of the dragon…
The complete NHK series “Samurai Spirit” presented by Nicholas Pettas will be broadcasted again in Japan on BS1. The last episode introduces karate and Okinawa karate plays the main part. Don’t miss it.
Date: January 2, 2012, AM 6:00~PM1:50
Having contacted NHK, overseas broadcasts are not scheduled yet but we will let you know when a new broadcast is announced. Meanwhile, you can check NHK programs on NHK WORLD.
We have just released a new article titled "Formation and development of Okinawa kobudo".
Please check here.
The Okinawa Traditional Karate Networking Executive Committee (Representative: Nashiro Masaichiro) is pleased to announce that its website “Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau (okkb.org) was successfully launched on November 28, 2011. The news was mentioned in the local newspapers today. From now on, we will aim at becoming a neutral and comprehensive source of information for Okinawa karate and kobudo. So please enjoy browsing through this site and contact us if you need anything!
(Photo source: Ryukyu Shimpo Newspaper)