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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.

Yamakawa_kacho

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.

 

 

Read the article from the middle of the page. (In English)

Karate events in Okinawa for January 2016

2016.01.05

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

 

Start of the Martial Year and Opening of the Budokan

Date: January 10

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan, Naha City

Organizers: Okinawa Prefecture Budo Coordination Council

 

Neo Karate Show

Date: January 15

Venue: National Theater Okinawa, Urasoe City

Organizers: Okinawa Prefecture Culture Promotion Association

 

2nd Okinawa Traditional Karate and Kobudo Seminar

Dates: January 18-22

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan, Naha City

Organizers: Okinawa prefecture, Okinawa Dento Karate Shinkokai

 

20th Ryuei-ryu Karate and Kobudo Tournament

Dates: January 23-24

Venue: Uruma City Comprehensive Park’s Gymnasium

Organizer: Okinawa Ryuei-ryu Karate Kobudo Ryuho-kai

 

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)

Happy New Year 2016, the Year of the Monkey

2016.01.04

The members of the Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau wish you a Happy New Year 2016, Year of the Monkey!

 

Looking back at history, some past “Saru-doshi” or Year of the Monkey have seen some auspicious events in regards to karate and its development.

After the first tribute payment by Ryukyu to Chinese Ming in 1372 (Year of the Rat), tributary relations were consolidated with the first visit of Chinese envoys to Ryukyu in 1404, year of the Monkey. Later, in 1488, also under the same zodiac sign, Aji chieftains were gathered in the surroundings of the Shuri Castle and weapons such as bow, arrows, swords and the likes were confiscated. For many, these events are linked to the development of empty hand methods that would later been known as karate.

Directly related to karate, the Saru-doshi 1740 was the year of birth of Chatan Yara Rido. Born in the Yara family who once managed the Chatan Yara estate, the 5th generation Yara Rido is a famous martial artist remembered for no less than devising “Chatan Yara no Sai”, “Chatan Yara no Kun” and the nowadays famous empty hand kata “Chatan Yara no Kusanku”. Most likely coincidentally, he passed away on another Year of the Monkey, 1812, at the age of 72, an age at that epoch as impressive as his legacy.

A little more controversial, 1872 was the year of the establishment of the Ryukyu Domain, which put a stop to the Ryukyu Kingdom. 7 years later, the Okinawa Prefecture would be established. While Okinawa was being remolded into a Japanese Prefecture, Itosu Anko chose the Year of the Monkey 1908 to submit his “Karate Ten Articles” to the prefecture’s school affairs division. This marked the beginning of karate’s instruction in schools and the popularization of the art which is now enjoyed by many as a martial art and a sport.

Speaking of sport, did you know that 1896, the year of the 1st Olympic Games held in Athens was also a Saru-doshi? Some sport minded people might see this as a good sign for karate’s inclusion into the Olympic. Like it or not, we will have the answer in August in Rio de Janeiro. But regardless of the decision, this will precede another milestone for Okinawa karate: the opening of the “Okinawa Karate Kaikan” (in Japanese), scheduled for the Fall of this 2016.

Indifferent to the sign of the zodiac, we, at the Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau will keep promoting Okinawa traditional karate and support people so that they can train in the birthplace of karate with masters of karate and kobujutsu. We also hope that this year will be a fruitful one for our new project, the Karate Expansion Forum. We hope that you will visit and accept the challenge of joining this new community

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