At this time of year, the “Okinawa Prefecture Person of Merit” and the “Okinawa Prefecture Person of Cultural Merit” awards are announced.

 This year, Teruya Kōei sensei, chairman of the Okinawa Gōjū-ryū Karatedō Association was selected for the “Person of Merit” award. The former chairman of the Okinawa Prefectural Karatedō Federation, he is a Hanshi 10th dan, and is 80 years old.

 A holder of the intangible cultural asset “Okinawa karate & kobujutsu” designated by the prefecture, Takara Shintoku sensei was selected for the “Person of Cultural Merit” award. A Uechi-Ryū Hanshi 10th Dan, he is 91 years old.


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