We have released the last article from the 1961 Kobudo series of the Okinawa Times.
The Okinawa Dentō Karatedō Shinkōkai has announced the start of a donation for the reconstruction of Shuri Castle. More details on the ODKS official website.
NHK WORLD’s program “Kids meet the World” filmed last August is scheduled to be broadcast on the following dates and time.
Sunday, November 24 at 9:10-9:35/15:10-15: 35/21:10-21:35
Monday, November 25 at 3:10-3:35
When you click on the banner “Live & Programs” from the NHK WORLD website, a 24-hour program is broadcast on the website, just like a TV program. Here, the program is broadcast multiple times according to the above broadcast dates and time, so you can watch the program there.
Also, after the broadcast, from around Tuesday, if you search for "Kids meet the World" on the Internet, the program's HP will come out and can be watched on demand for 1 year on that website.
On December 8th, the 1st Okinawa Traditional Karate and Kobudō Martial Arts Exchange Charity Demonstration will be held at the National Theatre Okinawa. It is sponsored by the “Sanbokukai” group, of which most members are members of the Okinawa Karate Kobudō Federation.
The organizers' goal is to create an event aimed at technical exchanges between traditional karate dōjō, beyond the boundaries of styles.
Part of the ticket sales will be donated for the reconstruction of Shuri Castle.
The details are as follows.
・ Date and time: Sunday, December 8, 2019 (14: 00-16: 30) * Open 13: 30-
・ Place: National Theatre Okinawa - Small Theater
・ Entrance fee: 1,000 yen (per person) * Free for elementary school students and younger
・ Contents: The following 8 dōjō will participate and perform for 15 minutes each.
1) Okinawa Gōju-ryū Karatedō Kūshinkan
2) Okinawa Gōju-ryū Karatedō Sōdombu Jundōkan
3) Ryūkyū Kobudō Shinbukan, Okinawa Shōrin-ryū Karatedō Mukenkai
4) Shōrin-ryū Karatedō Shidōkan Shioya Karate Club
5) Okinawa Gōju-ryū Karatedō Shōdōkan Haebaru General Headquarters
6) Okinawa Karatedō Shōrin-ryū Butokukan Association General Headquarters
7) Okinawa Karatedō Kobudō Shōrin-ryū Bushinkan
8) Okinawa Shōrin-ryū Karatedō Kyūdōkan
・ Contact information: Ageshio Japan (Tel: 098-988-3888)
Today in the auditorium of the Okinawa Prefecture Government building, was held the “Okinawa Prefecture Cultural Merit Award” ceremony.
Among the 15 cultural people, Ahagon Naonobu sensei (79) was commended in the karate and kobujutsu division. He is the president of the Okinawa Karate Kobudō Federation and vice president of the ODKS.
After training under Chibana Chōshin sensei and later Nagazato Shūgorō sensei, he established the Reihōkan dōjō in Tabaru, Naha City where he teaches Shōrin-ryū and kobudō. He is a Hanshi 10th dan.
Ahagon sensei was praised with the following words: “For many years, you have strived to train, preserve and pass on Okinawa traditional karate and nurture inheritors. At the same time, you have exerted yourself to expand the spread of Okinawa traditional karate both in Japan and overseas. Through your endeavor, you have contributed to the promotion of the Okinawan culture.”
Although not in the field of karate but the art of Tanka, Hirayama Yōmei sensei, a high-ranking member of the Okinawa Traditional Kobudō Preservation Society Bunbukan was also commended.