New article on Kaneshima Shinsuke & Chinen Masami

  We have released the fourth article on "Kaneshima Shinsuke & Chinen Masami" from the 1961 Kobudo series of the Okinawa Times.

Start of a gourmet corner

  We have launched a new section called “Teeanda Corner”. There we will introduce Okinawan food culture and local spots and restaurants.

Free karate event on June 8 for Global Wellness Day


  Supporting the promotion of wellness and the purpose of the “Global Wellness Day”, OCVB is organizing a free karate event based on the concept of "health development through karate". It will be held at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan.

  This year, a karate trial class for children and a karate experience program are scheduled. The afternoon program is organized by the Okinawa Karate Kaikan and ODKS. In the future, this program will aim at becoming an educational program for school trips and a MICE (1) menu.

  Participation is free of charge and all are welcome!

Date: June 8 (Sat.) 2019

  • Morning program: Karate experience class for 5-8 years old children

               Registration: AM10:00, Start: AM 10:30-11:30

  • Afternoon program: Karate experience program (elementary school and above)

               Registration: PM 13:30, Start: PM 10: 00-16: 00

(1) MICE is an acronym for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions.


 Flyer of the event (PDF in Japanese)

About the coming “Karate Day” and the “International Seminar”


  After receiving confirmation from the Okinawa Prefecture Karate Promotion Division, here are the dates for both events to be held this fiscal year 2019.



      2019 “Karate Day" Commemorative events
        October 25 (Fri) Dedicatory demonstration - Venue: Okinawa Karate Kaikan
        October 27 (Sun.) Commemorative demonstration (provisional name) -Venue: To be determined


     Okinawa Karate International Seminar (provisional name)
        2020 January 21 (Tuesday) ~ 26 (Sun) - Venue: Okinawa Karate Kaikan



Further details for both events will be announced later.

Yamanni-ryū seminar in Okinawa


  The head of the Ryūkyū Bujutsu Kenkyū Doyūkai (RBKD), Oshiro Toshihiro will be giving an open seminar on Bō and Sai in Okinawa. Everyone is welcome to this special event on Yamanni-ryū kobudō.


Date: 2019, July 13th (Saturday)

Time: AM 10:00-12:00

Venue: Okinawa Karate Kaikan

Content: The first hour will be dedicated to Sai training while the 2nd hour will focus on Bō jutsu. For those who do not have weapons handy, Bō and Sai are available at the kaikan for a small fee.


Instructor: Oshiro Toshihiro

Oshiro Toshihiro sensei was born in Okinawa on May 1st, 1949. He started studying Matsubayashi-ryū at the age of 16. At 24, he became the student of Kishaba Chogi, an expert in Yamanni-ryū bō jutsu and one of the last students of Miyagi Chōjun. At the age of 28, Oshiro sensei moved to the USA. At the age of 37, he was invited to Jordan to teach karate and kobu jutsu. Until recently, he was based in San Francisco but now has come back to live in Okinawa. He holds an 8th dan in both Shima-ha Matsubayashi and Yamanni-ryū.