First Oki-no-gū Karate Festival

  On October 25th, in commemoration of the Karate Day, the “First Oki-no-gū Karate Festival” was held at Oki-no-gū, one of the Eight Ryūkyū Shrines located in Onoyama Park. This is where stands the Funakoshi Gichin Monument. Under the Mt. Tentōzan, a Shintō ceremony, karate demonstrations and a concert were held under the direction of Uechi Ichirō, head priest of Oki-no-gū and a Shōrin-ryū 6th dan who's wishes to make this site the sacred place of karate.

  In addition, a gold statue of Busā-ganashī, the martial art deity is now enshrined in the Kangondō shrine located below the shrine.


Head priest Uechi Ichirō            Hokama sensei speaking about karate



Gōjū-ryū Yahi Ippei sensei       Kobudō Iha Mitsutada sensei



Okinawa Kenpō Yamashiro Yoshitomo sensei and Kobudō Yogi Kiyoshi sensei





 Commemorative clear file on sale at the shrine

Dedicatory Demonstration for the Karate Day 2019

  Today, the Karate Day dedicatory demonstration was held at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan. Below are some photos of the event.



  Representing the Governor of Okinawa,    Matsubayashi-ryū Taira Yoshitaka sensei                  Yamakawa Takako.



   Shōrin-ryū Ahagon Naonobu sensei    Shōrin-ryū Sakugawa Masanobu sensei


 Shōrin-ryū Shimabukuro Zenpo     Uechi-ryū Nakahodo Tsutomu sensei



  Kobudo Nakamoto Masahiro sensei



New article on Nohara Kamaichi and Takara Shigeru

  We have released a new article on "Nohara Kamaichi and Takara Shigeru" from the 1961 Kobudo series of the Okinawa Times.

Report on the September 29th symposium

  A report in English on the symposium held yesterday at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan was released on the website of the Shinkokai. 

Okinawa Karate Academy’s schedule released

  The Okinawa Prefecture Karate Promotion Division has announced 6 sessions of the "Okinawa Karate Academy" for this year. The first session on October 9th will be “Modern times (Kinsei) Ryūkyū Karate Related Historical Materials” by Dana Masayuki, Curator of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.



Below is a summarized translation of the Okinawa Karate Academy flyer (Original document in Japanese) . Published as of October 1st, 2019.


Okinawa Karate Academy

Reserve a seat by sending a message to the following email address:  mentioning: 1. Your name, 2. Your phone or email address, 3. The number of people. Or call the OPG Karate Promotion Division at 098-866-2232.

The contents of 6 sessions of the Academy is as follow:


Session 1:

Title: “Modern times (Kinsei) Ryūkyū karate related historical materials”

Lecturer: Dana Masayuki, Curator, Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 14:00-16:00

Location: OPG building 4th auditorium


Session 2:

Title: “Unknown modern times karate figures”

Lecturer: Nakamura Akira, Assistant Researcher, Karate Promotion Division

Date: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 14:00-16:00

Location: OPG building 4th auditorium


Session 3:

Title: “Military affairs and armament during the Ryūkyū Kingdom

Lecturer: Aso Shinichi, Associate Professor, Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 14:00-16:00

Location: OPG building 4th auditorium


Session 4:

Title: “Okinawa karate and performing arts”

Lecturer: Suzuki Kota, Lecturer, Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 14:00-16:00

Location: TBA


Session 5:

Title: “Kata of Okinawa karate”

Lecturer: Kadekaru Toru, Okinawa karate researcher

Date: February, 2020 - 14:00-16:00 (Exact day to be announced)

Location: OPG building 4th auditorium


Session 6:

Title: “About the 10 karate precepts of Itosu Anko (tentative title)”

Lecturer: Sakihara Kyoko, Chief Investigator, Karate promotion division

Date: March 3rd, 2020 - 14:00-16:00

Location: OPG building 4th auditorium