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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/

The new Karate Promotion Division

2016.05.02

The newly established Karate Promotion Division has taken office on the 8th floor of the Okinawa Prefecture Government Building as of April 1, 2016.

The head (kacho) of the division is Yamakawa Tetsuo. Mr. Yamakawa himself is a martial artist; a former Uechi-ryu practitioner, he shifted to Shorinji-Kenpo practice due to work obligation.

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He is seconded by 5 division staff members, with Mrs. Tobaru Naoko has squad leader. On April 23rd, the new division together with newly appointed Deputy Director General for culture and sport Terukina Hajime were officially introduced during the general assembly of the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai.

Shinkokai

From right to left Ikemiyagi Masaaki and Kiyuna Choko from the Shinkokai, Teruya Yoshimi special advisor to the governor for karate, the Okinawa Governor and Chairman of the Shinkokai Onaga Takeshi, the head of the Culture Tourism and Sport Department Maeda Koki, Culture and Sport supervisor Terukina Hajime, Yamakawa Tetsuo, Tobaru Naoko, Kubura Nagiko and Toyama Yoshun. (Also from the Karate Promotion Division but not in the photo are Tateyama Kazuo and Uehara Yoshihiko)

 

(Source: Okinawa Karate News)

Passing of Chinen Masatsune sensei

2016.03.16

We have the regret to announce the passing on March 12 of Chinen Masatsune sensei, Goju-ryu Hanshi 10th dan. He was 81.

Born in 1935, Chinen sensei was a student of Higa Seko sensei and Toguchi Seikichi sensei. After holding the position Kancho of the Goju-ryu Jinbukan Sohonbu (related to Kanei Katsuyoshi sensei), he later established the Seidokan Dojo in Misato Okinawa City. He assumed the post of president of the Zen Okinawa Karatedo Federation from 2005 to 2007. He also played an important role in the founding of the Shinkokai.

Our condolences to his family and close ones.

 

Using Uchinaaguchi in Okinawan Karate and Kobudo

2016.03.10

A new article by Samantha May has been posted on our bureau’s “Karate Expansion Forum”.

A Martial Arts Perspective on Using Uchinaaguchi in Okinawan Karate and Kobudo

Karate events in Okinawa in March 2016

2016.03.02

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

 

World Oshukai Spring Seminar

Dates: March 15-20

Venue: Okinawa Athletic Association Hall

Organizer: World Oshukai Federation

 

Okinawa Traditional Karate Kobudo Youth Tournament

Date: March 20

Venue: Okinawa Prefecture Budokan

Organizers: Okinawa Prefecture Karatedo Rengokai

 

Charity fund raising demonstration

Date: March 20

Venue: Aja Public Hall, Naha City

Organizer: Uechi-ryu Karate Ryukyu Kobudo Ryushikai

 

23rd All Okinawa Karatedo Tournament

Date: March 20

Venue: Naha City Citizen Gymnasium

Organizer: Kyokushin Kaikan Okinawa Branch

 

Karate demonstration and presentation

Date: March 25

Venue: Okinawa Prefecture Museum Auditorium

Organizer: Naha City Culture Association Karate Culture Section

 

Okinawa Goju-ryu Tournament

Date: March 26

Venue: Okinawa Prefecture Budokan

Organizer: Okinawa Goju-ryu Karatedo Kyokai

 

CFA Budokan seminars

Dates: March 26-April 5

Venue: Tokyo JKA Honbu – Okinawa Prefecture Budokan

Organizer: CFA, NPO Karatedo Kenkyukai Fundation

 

 

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)

Creation of a Karate promotion division

2016.02.15

On February 12, the Okinawa Governor Onaga Takeshi, who is also the chairman for the Shinkokai, has announced the creation of a Karate promotion division within the Culture, Tourism and Sport Department of the Okinawa Prefecture Government.

Read the Ryukyu Shinpo newspaper’s article for more on that topic.

The secretariat chief of our bureau, Miguel Da Luz was a member of the supporters who handed a petition to the governor on the same day.

Petition to governor

The Positive Benefits of Traditional Martial Arts Training

2016.02.10

A new article titled “The Positive Benefits of Traditional Martial Arts Training” was posted on our bureau’s Karate Expansion Forum.
Read the article at this link as well as other articles.

Karate events in Okinawa for February 2016 (UPDATED!)

2016.01.28

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

 

5th School Karatedo Demonstration

Date: February 5

Venue: Naha Citizen Gymnasium

Organizer: Okinawa Shogaku

 

Senior High School Spring Tournament

Date: February 6

Venue: Yokatsu SHS, Uruma City

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. SHS Federation

 

10th Anniversary commemorative demonstration

Date: February 7

Venue: Uruma City Cultural Hall (Uruma Shi Kokyo Bunka Hall), Uruma City

Organizer: Uruma City Karatedo Kobudo Federation

 

7th Tomigusuku City Tournament

Date: February 7

Venue: Tomigusuku Citizen Gymnasium

Organizer: Tomigusuku City Athletics Association

 

Okinawa Karate “Shurite” Demonstration – Karate of Gusukuma Shinpan

Date: February 7

Venue: Times Hall, Naha City

Organizer: Shoeikan

 

All Okinawa Karate Kobudo Tournament

Date: February 14

Venue: Okinawa International University, Ginowan City

Organizer: Okinawa Karate Kobudo Federation

 

10th Uechi-ryu Oyama Youth Center Tournament

Date: February 22

Venue: Hagoromo Elementary School, Ginowan City

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. SHS Federation

 

31st OKF Demonstration

Date: February 28

Venue: National Theatre Okinawa

Organizer: Okinawa Prefecture Karatedo 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)

 

Onko Chishin series: Shiroma Taisei, expert in Ufutun Bo

2016.01.09

A new translation available on a section of the Kobudo series published in 1961 by the Okinawa Times.

 

 

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