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.
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.
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.
Recently, a video regarding karate tourism in Okinawa was featured on NHK World Japan. It showcases a group of foreign visitors training and visiting monuments and the grave of a deceased master.
While such visits are quietly understandable, we feel the necessity to remind visitors that in Okinawa, a grave is the most sacred site for a family and one would normally need the permission to visit the premise.
Usually entering a grave courtyard is not allowed to nonmember of a family. Most families in Okinawa only visit their family tombs during the Shīmī season (1). On this occasion and other special celebrations (death commemoration and anniversary), family members and guests offer sticks of incense to the deceased.
But this is not a proper action nor expected for nonfamily members or students of a karate master. Doing so without the proper authorization from the family can also be seen as disrespectful. Furthermore performing karate kata inside a graveyard is not a good attitude even if the intention was good. For these acts, people would easily be frowned upon by the local society
Please bear this in mind when making a visit to a master’s grave.
(1) Seimei-sai in Japanese language or Shīmī in Okinawan language is a memorial service offered to the deceased. On that occasion, relatives and friends gather in the family grave courtyard. After making offerings in front of the tomb, they enjoy food and drinks in front of the tomb.
Since its establishment in April 2016, the Okinawa Prefecture Government (OPG) Karate Promotion Division has been handling various projects and important work.
During the 2016 fiscal year, a survey on the situation of karate in Okinawa was conducted. It clearly pointed the issues that is facing karate like securing students, the lack of successors, the handling of karate visitors, the low awareness of "the birthplace of karate, Okinawa," and the lack of karate specialists.
After that, in order to strategically pursue efforts to preserve, pass on, and develop karate, which is a traditional culture that Okinawa is proud of, the OPG, karate related organizations, economic circles among others have come together to formulate the “Okinawa Karate Promotion Vision (Overview / Full version)” in March 2018. It depicts a vision of the future to be achieved in 20 years.
The “Okinawa Karate Promotion Vision Road Map (Overview / Full version)” was compiled in March 2019. It is a concrete process for achieving the said promotion vision. Based on this roadmap, the OPG will promote various measures in a systematic and efficient manner, collaborating closely with related parties.
Please accept our apologies as all documents are in Japanese only.