2023 University of the Ryukyus Open Lecture – Okinawa Traditional Karate in the Culture of Daily Life

A special academic program titled "Okinawan Traditional Karate and Health in Life and Culture" is scheduled to take place. This course, a collaborative effort between karate practitioners and nurses who aspire to make meaningful contributions to the community, delves into the advantages of Okinawan traditional karate and its potential as a health-enhancing practice.

The program will feature live demonstrations of kata, the fundamental techniques of Okinawan traditional karate. Moreover, it will offer an extensive exploration of how karate can be integrated into a healthy lifestyle, along with a deep dive into the theory and philosophy underpinning kata practice.

This presents a unique opportunity to uncover the profound aspects of karate and gain fresh insights. The program will be conducted online in English, enabling remote participants to join in.

Distinguished instructors from the realm of Okinawan karate will lead this program. For more comprehensive details, please refer to the attached brochure. (JP version Only) 


- Registration Fee: Free of charge
- Participant Capacity: 99 individuals
- Date & Time: Friday, September 15, 2023, from 13:30 to 15:30
- Venue: Okinawa Karate Kaikan Training Hall & Online (Zoom)

To register, kindly visit the official lecture reservation website of the University of the Ryukyus and select "Okinawa Traditional Karate and Health in Lifestyle and Culture."

Please note that registration will close once the capacity is reached. Seize this exceptional opportunity to acquire fresh knowledge about karate and its impact on health.

Road to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage – Talk Session will be held
A prestigious event will be held for Okinawan karate, which is deeply rooted in the history and traditions of Okinawa.
On Saturday, October 14, 2023, a prestigious event titled "The History and Future of Okinawan Karate: The Path to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage"
will be held at the National Theatre Okinawa's Small Theatre.
The purpose of this event is to promote the deep history and values of Okinawan karate, to properly preserve and pass on its unique traditions to the next generation,
and to widely publicize "Okinawa, the birthplace of karate" both domestically and internationally.
The first part of the event will feature a talk session with celebrities.
Governor Denny Tamaki, Governor of Okinawa Prefecture and Chairman of the Okinawa Traditional Karate Promotion Association
Amon Miyamoto, director of Kabuki operas of all genres
Andrea Klementisova from Slovakia, winner of the silver medal in Naha-te at the Okinawa Karate World Championships 2022
During the talk session, there will be a discussion on the secret story behind the production of the musical "Karate Kid,"
the governor's thoughts on the cultural and historical appeal of Okinawan karate and the path to registration as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage,
and the attractiveness of Okinawan karate by a karateka from the prefecture, a silver medal winner at the Okinawa Karate World Championships.
The second part of the event will include a kata demonstration (simultaneous demonstration), allowing participants to see the the overwhelming power and beauty of the art.
Those who wish to participate are asked to scan the QR code and apply through the application form.
An archive of the event will be made available later on the official YouTube channel of the Okinawa Karate Promotion Division.
Don't miss this opportunity to experience the interesting world of this historical and fascinating tradition!
Karate Day – Latest News related to Commemorative Demonstration Festival

The date and location for the 2023 "Karate Day Simultaneous Demonstration" have been officially confirmed!

In celebration of Okinawa Karate Day, we are excited to announce a karate kata demonstration and simultaneous demonstration on Kokusai-dori.

This year, we anticipate the participation of over 2,000 individuals from Okinawa, various other prefectures, and even overseas.


Event Details:

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2023
Time: 15:00-16:25
Location: Plaza in front of Tembusu-kan, Kokusai-dori, Okinawa
Please note that the area from in front of Palette Kumoji to Caiwon Bridge intersection will be regulated for this event.


Organized by:
Okinawa Prefecture
Okinawa Prefectural Assembly
Okinawa Dento Karate Do Shinkokai 

This event warmly welcomes participants from within the prefecture, outside the prefecture, and overseas.

For detailed participation requirements and event information, kindly visit the official website provided below and proceed with event registration:



Don't miss the awe-inspiring performances by passionate karate enthusiasts from both Japan and abroad!

To get a glimpse of the spectacular moments from the 2022 event, check out the video highlights below.



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:
Find us on Social Media:
- Instagram: okinawakarate_wt
Information pertaining to the tournament is also available on various social media platforms. We encourage you to follow the SNS for regular updates.
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!
Stay updated with the latest information to ensure you don't miss out!
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

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