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Happy New Year 2016, the Year of the Monkey


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

The 2nd Okinawa traditional karate worldwide seminar


A five-day intensive seminar designed to learn one of three ryuha (Shorin-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, or Uechi-Ryu) is organized in Okinawa in January 2016.

The lesson focuses on detailed instructions of the representative kata, bunkai (application of kata in fighting), and yakusoku kumite (pre-arranged fighting in pairs) of Okinawa karate. Participants will perform what they have learned on the final day of the seminar. Also, participants will receive a certificate of completion.


Event Period: From Monday, January 18 to Friday 22, 2016

Venue: Training Dojo inside the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan Arena Building

Participants: 20 people each ryuha

Prerequisites: Experienced karate practitioners

Fee: 20,000 yen

Sponsor: Okinawa Prefectural Government and Society for the Advancement of Traditional Okinawa Karate


Goju-Ryu Seminar: Kuba Yoshio sensei

Uechi-Ryu Seminar: Shinjo Kiyohide sensei

Shorinji-Ryu Seminar: Oyakawa Hitoshi sensei


For more:

The Funakoshi Monument in Onoyama Park



Erected in April 2007, the Funakoshi Gichin Monument stood at the entrance of Onoyama Park until February 2015. Taken away because of land redevelopment, it took only 9 months for Tatetsu Meichō, the stele’s originator and head of the Okinawa Funakoshi Praising Group to secure a new site. Since November 27, date of an official ceremony attended by Okinawan and Mainland Japanese and foreign officials, the monument proudly stands at the entrance of Oki no Gu, one the 8 Shinto shrines of the Ryukyu, in the same Onoyama Park where Funakoshi sensei used to come in his youth.


Photo courtesy of Shureido

Passing of Yonamine Kazunori sensei



The head of Shidōkan Brazil, Yonamine Kazunori sensei unfortunately passed away on October 22nd due to a cancer. He was 68 years old. Born in Haebaru Town in 1947, Yonamine sensei immigrated to Brazil in 1960. Having started karate in 1962 under Shinzato Yoshihide sensei, he later received instruction from Miyahira Katsuya sensei. Miyahira sensei gave him the permission to found the Shidōkan of Brazil in 1990. Promoted Hanshi 9th dan in 2007, his association has now more than 13 dojo. May he rest in peace.


(Source: Okinawa Karate News)

20 karate events in Okinawa in November 2015


Events for Nov. 2015


Altogether, there are at least 19 karate events to be held in Okinawa in November 2015.


20th Anniversary of the Urasoe City Karate Federation

Date: November 1

Venue: Tedako Hall Urasoe City

Organizer: Urasoe City Karatedo Federation


Naha City Karatedo Championships

Date: November 1

Venue: Naha Civic Gymnasium, Naha City

Organizer: Naha City Karate Kobudo Rengokai


Okinawa Karatedo Rookies Tournament

Date: November 1

Venue: Okinawa City Budokan, Okinawa City

Organizer: World Kumite Federation


Uruma City Youth Karatedo Kobudo Tournament

Dates: November 3

Venue: Ishikawa Gymnasium, Uruma City

Organizer: Uruma Karate School


International Instructors Gasshuku

Dates: November 3-7

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: IOGKF


Junior High School Rookies tournament

Date: November 7

Venue: Gushikawa Gymnasium, Uruma City

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. JHS Federation


International Seminar

Date: November 7

Venue: Okinawa City Budokan, Okinawa City

Organizer: Okinawa Karatedo Association (Okikukai)


2015 All Okinawa Karatedo Tournament

Date: November 8

Venue: Okinawa City Budokan, Okinawa City

Organizer: Okinawa Karatedo Association (Okikukai)


NEO KARATE entertainment show

Date: November 13

Venue: National Theatre Okinawa, Urasoe City

Organizer: Okinawa Prefecture Culture Promotion Association


1st Okinawa Kenpo International Seminar

Dates: November 19-20

Venue: Yomitan Junior High School, Yomitan Village

Organizer: Okinawan Kenpio Kenyukai


Kina Sensei 50th Commemorative Demonstration

Date: November 21

Venue: Yomitan Culture Center, Yomitan Village

Organizer: Okinawa Kenpo Kenyukai


67th Okinawa Athletic Meet – Karate tournament

Date: November 21

Venue: Agarie Junior High School, Nago City

Organizer: Okinawa Amateur Sports Association


Okinawa Special Seminar

Dates: November 21-22

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: Okinawa Karatedo Musokai (Arakaki Kiyoshi sensei)


Kobu-kai 50th Anniversary demonstration

Date: November 22

Venue: Ishida Junior High School, Naha City

Organizer: Okinawa Kobu-ryu Kobu-kai


25th Traditional Okinawan Karate Kobudo International Exchange Demonstration

Date: November 23

Venue: Okinawa Civic Hall, Okinawa City

Organizer: Okinawa Prefecture Karatedo Rengokai


Association 25th Anniversary “traditional Okinawan Karate Kobudo International Seminar”

Date: November 24

Venue: Okinawa City Budokan, Okinawa City

Organizer: Okinawa Prefecture Karatedo Rengokai


Funakoshi Gichin Praising Monument unveiling ceremony

Date: November 27

Venue: Oki-no-gu, Onoyama Park, Naha City

Organizer: Okinawa Funakoshi Gichin Kenshokai


1st Shorinji-ryu Renshinkan Tournament

Date: November 28

Venue: Mekaru Elementary School, Naha City

Organizer: Renshinkan Okinawa Hdqrs.


Premier League 2015 Okinawa Tournament

Dates: November 28-29

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: World Karate Federation and All Japan Karatedo Federation


Premier League 2015 Special Okinawa Traditional Karate and Kobudo Seminar

Date: November 30

Venue: Okinawa Prefectural Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: Okinawa Prefecture and Okinawa Dento Karatedo 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)

The great celebration of the Day of Karate


October 25th in Okinawa and around the world was celebrated Karate no Hi, or the day of karate.

The main event was held in Naha’s kokusai Street with almost 2,5 hours of demonstration.

Here are some photos and links to videos and information of the demonstrations and related events.


The leaders of the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai.


Sukunai-hayashi Shimabukuro sensei


Uechi-ryu Sawada sensei


Shorinji-ryu Yogi sensei


Uechi-ryu kei Yoza sensei


Matsubayashi-ryu Makishi sensei


Uechi-ryu Nakasone sensei


Goju-ryu Yagi sensei


Kobudo Iha sensei


Shorin-ryu Gibu sensei


Goju-ryu Yagi sensei


Kobudo Kakazu sensei


Kobudo Nakamori sensei


Uechi-ryu Shinjo sensei


Gohaku-kai Tokashiki sensei


Shorinji-ryu Oyakawa sensei


Goju-ryu Kikugawa sensei


Video of the demonstration on line.

More photos at

Photos of the 100 karate challenge

The Uechi-ryu kei karatedo Rengokai organized for the 2nd time a “Dedicatory demonstration for the victims of the war” at the Okinawa Pref. Peace Memorial Park in Itoman City.



Photo credit: The top page photo is property of the Okinawa Prefecture sponsored Karate & Kobudo Promotion Project.

Karate Expansion Forum


Our Karate Bureau is starting a new project called the “Karate Expansion Forum”. We hope you will be interested and be a part of it.

More at

The Day of Karate 2015 and events for October 2015


Karate day poster

October is always a busy month for karate in Okinawa. 2015 is no exception. Here are the major karate related events planned in Okinawa as well as events for the celebration of the Day of Karate.


2nd Kobudo Champs

Dates: Oct. 4

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan, Naha City

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. Karatedo Federation


CFA Budokan seminars

Dates: Oct. 4-9

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Budokan, Naha City

Organizers: CFA, Okinawa Pref. Karatedo Rengokai


Pref. SHS tournament

Dates: Oct. 10-12

Venue: Shuri Senior Hight School, Naha City

Organizer: Okinawa Pref. SHS Federation


1st Memorial demonstration of the passing of Takamiyagi Shigegu sensei

Dates: Oct. 12

Venue: Chatan Nirai Center, Chatan Town

Organizer: Okinawa Karatedo Association


The 20th All Okinawa Championships

Dates: Oct. 18

Venue: Tamagusuku Comprehensive Gymnasium, Nanjo City

Organizer: Zen Okinawa Karatedo Federation


100 Kata for Karate Day and Guinness world record challenge

Dates: Oct. 25, starts at AM 06:00

Venue: Zakimi Castle site, Yomitan Town

Organizer: Dojo Bar and Challenge Okinawa

More info at


Dedicatory demonstration for the victims of the war

Dates: Oct. 25, starts at AM 11:00

Venue: Okinawa Pref. Peace Memorial Park, Itoman City

Organizer: Uechi-ryu-kei Rengokai


The “Day of Karate” Demonstration

Dates: Oct. 25, starts at PM2:00.

Venue: Kokusai Street, Naha City

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)

Passing of Master Chinen and Uechi


Chinen Teruo sensei passed away on September 9, 2015. Born in 1941, he was a student of Miyazato Eichi sensei, founder of the famous Jundokan. Later on, he established himself in Spokane, USA and travelled the world to teach Okinawa Goju-ryu.

The third Soke of Uechi-ryu, Uechi Kanmei sensei passed away September 13, 2015. Born in 1942 as the son of Uechi Kanei sensei, he succeeded his father at the head of the school in 1991. He is succeeded by 3 sons, Kansho, Kanji and Kanyu.

May they rest in peace.

Report for the April to August period


During the 2nd third period of 2015 (April to August), our bureau has helped 70 people from 19 countries, which represent an increase of 4.5% compared to last year’s same season. These people were able to train in 23 different dojo in almost all styles of Okinawan karate, that is to say Shorin-ryu, Goju-ryu, Uechi-ryu, Shorinji-ryu, Matsubayashi-ryu, Ryuei-ryu, Isshin-ryu and Kobudo.

Click here to see the January to April information


In no particular order, here are some photos of foreigners who train in Okinawa during this period. Be aware that wearing a white belt doesn’t mean at all that the person is a white belt. Actually most visitors were 3rd dan and above. It is just a matter of politeness.










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