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.
On November 26th, 1961, the Okinawa Kobudō Kyokai (1) held the demonstration called “Dai Ikkai Kobudō Happyōkai” - The 1st Kobudō Demonstration - with the support of the Cultural Property Conservation Committee, the Ryūkyū Shinpō and Okinawa Times newspaper companies. On this occasion, from November 15th to 26th, the Okinawa Times published a series of articles under the title called “Kobudō” introducing 18 martial artists. In the 9 parts of the serial were introduced some famous figures like Kina Shōsei, Nakamura Shigeru, Kaneshima Shinsuke, Chinen Masami, Soken Hōhan, Ishikawa Hōei, Higa Seitoku, Kyan Shin-ei, Kameshima Shin-ei and Nakaima Kenkō among others.
With the permission of the Okinawa Times, we are pleased to introduce the translation of this serial which represents an important piece of legacy for Okinawa karate. We will also introduce related documents pertaining to the demonstration. Below is a list of articles to be presented.
- Okinawa Times - Nov. 9, 1961 “Revival of Kobudō - Kobudō Kyōkai, demonstration on the 26th”
- Okinawa Times - Nov. 15, 1961 Kobudō 1: Kina Shōsei (Sai), Shinjō Heisaburō (Karate-jutsu)
- Okinawa Times - Nov. 16, 1961 Kobudō 2: Irei Matsutarō (Kusarigama), Nakamura Heisaburō (Chisōchin)
- Okinawa Times - Nov. 17, 1961 Kobudō 3: Nakamura Shigeru (Niseshi), Higa Yūsuke (Tinbē)
- Okinawa Times - Nov. 21 1961 Kobudō 4: Kaneshima Shinsuke (Dōchin), Chinen Masami (Sakugawa no kon)
- Okinawa Times - Nov. 22 1961 Kobudō 5: Soken Hōhan (Kusarigama), Shiroma Taisei (Ufutun bō)
- Okinawa Times - Nov. 23 1961 Kobudō 6: Nohara Kamaichi (Shiho kiri), Takara Shigeru (Kiai-justu)
- Okinawa Times - Nov. 24 1961 Kobudō 7: Ishikawa Hōei (Nunchaku), Higa Seitoku (Shōshi no kon)
- Okinawa Times - Nov. 25 1961 Kobudō 8: Kyan Shin-ei (Sai), Kameshima Shin-ei (Naihanchi)
- Okinawa Times - Nov. 26 1961 Kobudō 9: Nakaima Kenkō (Nichō gama), Uchima Anyū (Naihanchi)
- Okinawa Times - Nov. 27 1961 Report on the event
- Ryūkyū Shinpō - Nov. 27 1961 Report on the event
- Other documents
(1) The “Okinawa Kobudō Kyōkai” was founded in 1961. It is not related to the actual Okinawa Prefecture Kobudō Federation. At that time, it was chaired by Higa Seitoku.
(2) Some articles’ translation have already been published on the website of the Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau (http://okkb.org/). We are reintroducing these translations with the authorization of the said bureau.
(3) Please note that there may be some errors in the reading of some names. We welcome any suggestions as long as it is provided with corroborative evidence.