The declaration of the “Karate Day”
(Brochure of the 1st commemoration event held on October 25, 2005)
In 2005, the Okinawa Prefecture Assembly passed the resolution declaring October 25th Karate no hi, the day of karate. Below, we present an English translation of this important declaration.
From then, every year the Okinawa Prefecture and Okinawa karate circles have held commemorative events on this day. Last year the Guinness record for “Most people performing a kata” was also achieved.
This year’s Karate Day commemorations will be held on October 25th (Wed.) at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan and on October 29th in Naha City’s Kokusai Street.
Resolution on the declaration of the day of Karate
(translated by Okinawa Karate Information Center)
Some 700 years ago, karate was born in this land, Okinawa. Coexisting with the beautiful nature and climate of Okinawa, our predecessors created karate, a traditional culture that Okinawa can be proud of. It was originally called “tī“.
Meanwhile, our ancestors who were called “People bridging nations” actively interacted with people from China and Southeast Asia and other different countries throughout the world. Thus, they raised peace and prosperity by bringing the culture and wealth of the world to this land.
Along with these exchanges, Chinese martial arts were introduced between 1400 and 1500. Karate, which until then had been evolving on its own way, enthusiastically adopted the strong points of Chinese martial arts and bloomed spectacularly. This is the karate that is being passed down to present days.
On October 25, 1936, the name “Karate (open hand)” which is familiar to world karate enthusiasts and many people over the world was officially decided. Therefore, it is meaningful to preserve this day as a “special day” in history.
As it is well known, the world’s karate population is estimated to be around 50 million people. Karate is said to go beyond borders, language, religion, regime and race barriers, and popular in 150 countries. In just half a century after the war, karate has spread intensively to all corners of the world. From this, it is undeniable that karate has an incredible charm and splendor.
Needless to say, there is no other Okinawan culture that has spread so widely, influenced so many people and become so familiar around the world.
Furthermore, in karate exists a foundational principle of “Martial art of Peace” that is based of the great philosophy of “Karate ni sente nashi – there is no offense in karate” and the respect of life ideology found in “Nuchi du takara – Life is a Treasure”. This principle is something today’s international community is highly looking for and we believe that we can contribute in this sense.
Therefore, praying for the future development of Okinawa traditional karate while wishing to contribute furthermore to world peace and the happiness of the humanity, we, this prefectural assembly, declare “October 25” to be “Karate no hi – the Day of Karate”.
We pass the resolution as mentioned above.
March 29, 2005
The Okinawa Prefecture Assembly
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