365 days left until the 2nd Okinawa Karate World Junior Tournament
An event to mark the one-year countdown to the 2nd Okinawa Karate World Junior Tournament took place at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office.
Today, August 8th, marks exactly one year until the commencement of the 2nd World Junior Tournament.
Event Details:
Tournament: 2nd Okinawa Karate Youth World Championships
Dates: August 8th - August 12th, 2024
Venue: Okinawa Convention Center
For general information regarding the tournament and its schedule, please visit the official website provided below:
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The countdown board for the 2nd Okinawa Karate Youth World Championships is located at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan.
Registration for the competition is now open, and the prefectural preliminary tournaments are set to commence at the start of the new year 2024.
You can view highlights from the 1st Okinawa Karate Junior Tournament by clicking the link below:
Tournament Highlights: https://okinawa-karate.okinawa/2022wjt/
Time is ticking away!
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Cultural expression of Okinawa Karate-Do recognized in Argentina.

Oshiro Nobuko Sensei, President of the Okinawa Karatedo Shorin Ryu Taishinkan Association, and Luis Lemos Sensei,

Argentina Branch Chief and Secretary General, visited the Okinawa Karate Information Center.


Lemos Sensei reported that "Okinawa Karate-do" has been officially recognized as a cultural expression in Argentina.

Lemos Sensei has been actively promoting Okinawan karate in Argentina, He is also leading the effort to establish an Okinawa Karate Day (October 25) in Argentina.

The full text of the resolution related to this article is as follows: 



To recognize as a cultural expression the practice of Okinawa karate-Do in our country.



**The above information has been translated into multiple languages by the translation system used at the Karate Information Center.

In case of any discrepancy between the original and the translated version, the original in Spanish shall have precedence.

Okinawa Karate shorin ryu Taishinkan Kyokai Argentina Branch Chikara Dojo Official Web Site

For karate experience or general inquiries about karate at Taishinkan, you can contact us directly at
*Inquiries are handled in Japanese only.

IOGKF Intenational Training Camp (Gasshuku) carried out
The prolonged measures and restrictions of COID-19 restrictions have finally lifted, and the world of Okinawa karate has returned to its pre-Corona state.
The International Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate Federation held an international training camp at the Karate Kaikan from July 13 to 16.
This was the first time in four years that an international training camp was held after being suspended for three years due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
From among the approximately 75,000 karate members, 100 Shihan-level karate experts participated in the camp.
The participants came from 33 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and Central America, South America, and Oceania to hone their Okinawan karate skills.
There was a great deal of enthusiasm to learn authentic kata in Okinawa, the birthplace of karate.
Yamashiro Sensei, advisor to the International Federation, said, "Inspired by the enthusiasm of countries around the world,
the Okinawa side should aim to improve its training even further.
Photo: Okinawa Times Article
Okinawa Karate – Challenging Person Tournament


The 3rd Challenging Person Karate tournament for karate practitioners with intellectual disabilities was held on July 9 at the Karate Kaikan in Okinawa, Japan.


The tournament featured 46 participants, ranging from elementary school students to adults, who proudly demonstrated the results of their daily training.

Participants were divided into carefully selected groups according to their level, from those who could perform kata individually to those who demonstrated with experienced partners,

to demonstrate their skills as well as the spirit and beauty of their techniques.


The first time the event was held in four years, families and spectators applauded enthusiastically, and participants, while receiving their certificates and medals, said, "I was a little nervous, but joyful.Okinawa karate embraces "true strength" that does not set limits for yourself, but rather believes in the possibilities of your own body and facing them.


Many people contributed to the success of the tournament.

Lastly, special gratitude goes out to the organizers, the Okinawa Prefecture Liaison Council of Parents of Special Needs School Graduates, and all those involved.

Okinawa Karate Guide Recruitment – 2023

Use your language skills to share the beauty of Okinawa Traditional Karate with over 100 million karate enthusiasts around the world!

Upon completion of this training course, participants will be registered as so-called "Okinawa Traditional Karate Interpreter Masters" who are well educated in Okinawan Traditional Karate.

Registered participants will be able to participate in karate world tournaments, karate tours, and other events organized and sponsored by Okinawa Prefecture and the Okinawa Traditional Karatedo Promotion Association.


(1) Certified interpreter/guide (English, Chinese, Spanish)

2) Candidates who are interested in karate and have language skills equivalent to English proficiency test level 1, Chinese HSK test level 4, or Spanish proficiency test level 2 *There will be an interview for language screening.

Number of Applicants: 40

Training period: August 6, 2023 (Sun) - February 18, 2024 (Sun)

Total training hours: 68 hours *Training will be held on Saturdays and Sundays during the period

Deadline: July 25 (Tue.) Deadline


Participants will learn systematically the history and culture of Okinawa karate, the differences between different styles, monuments honoring famous karate masters from the Kingdom period to modern times,

and places associated with karate, while learning about the history and cultural background of the Kingdom of the Ryukyus.


The course includes 40% of practical training in karate uniforms. Participants are required to learn the "Fukyu Gata" as part of the practical karate interpretation exercises,

as it is impossible to comprehend traditional Okinawan karate without  lerning the "techniques". 


Instructors will be from the Okinawa Prefecture's Intangible Cultural Asset Holders and other teachers who represent each style.

We look forward to your application!

※The whole cariculum will be given in Japanese Language only. 

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