Organizers

About the facilitator of the programs:

The Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau (OTKLB) was founded in 2011. Since the beginning of its activities, it focuses on providing information on Okinawa karate and kobudo to worldwide karate enthusiasts in 5 languages. Meanwhile, it helps foreigners with no connection in Okinawa to train in the birthplace of karate by introducing them to Okinawa masters. Read more about our bureau here.

Since its creation, one of the 6 objectives of our organization is to develop “Karate related projects for children and international exchange projects”. Therefore, partnering with the prestigious school Okisho, we are honored and pleased to be able to start such Study in Okinawa programs, thus allowing the future generations of karate practitioners to study and train in Okinawa while discovering the Okinawa culture and society.

 

About the welcoming senior high school: Okinawa Shogaku Senior H.S.

Okinawa Shogaku High School was established in 1983 by its original founder and present Chairman/Principal, Nashiro Masajiro. In 1986, Okinawa Shogaku Junior High School was created as an affiliate to the high school and in 1991, Shogaku Gakuen was established as an educational foundation whereupon the two academic institutions came under its jurisdiction.

Okinawa Shogaku Junior & Senior High School (nicknamed Okisho) was instrumental in laying the foundation for public awareness of academic excellence in Okinawa. It continues to uphold its policy of nurturing and promoting high academic standards as well as emphasizing the virtues of developing both mind and body. It proudly lays claim to success in the admission of its graduates to the nation’s most challenging and prestigious universities.

In addition, the school has received many national honors in various athletic competitions. In 1991, the Okisho judo team won the All Japan Senior High School Judo Tournament. The Okisho baseball team also won the Japan National High School Baseball Tournament in 1999. It was the first time an Okinawan team won such tournaments. Today, Okisho is recognized as one of the five high schools in Japan to have achieved such an accomplishment, thus bestowing pride and distinction to Okinawa Prefecture. Read more on the Education policy of Okisho here.