Category Archives: Karate

Mass Karate Demonstration on Kokusai Street 10/23/16

空手演武3973人 ギネス更新 国際通りで記念祭 (球新報 102316) [Kinen Festival karate demonstration on Kokusai Street: 3973 karateka attempt to break a Guinness world record.] Advertisements

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Goju-ryu Leader and Scholar Seeks Assistance in Writing a Book

Updated 1/10/16 Nuno Oliveira of Lisbon, Portugal, is writing a book, Chojun Miyagi1 and the History of Goju-Ryu, and needs assistance with the kanji of some masters’ names. If you can help or know of someone who could, please contact … Continue reading

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Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Okinawa

Received a tip about this program from my brother-in-law, Phil, via email on 19 Oct. 2015. The tip originated in an email from his friend, Gary, on the same date. The program, “Okinawa: The Japan You Might Not Know,” aired … Continue reading

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Two Amazing Okinawans Who Helped Change the World

Two Okinawans who helped change the world were born not only the same year and the same month, but almost on the same day. Kyuzo Toyama, known as the “Father of Okinawan Immigration,” was born on November 9, 1868, in … Continue reading

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London Okinawa Day 2015 – June 20 in Spitalfields

Join us at London Okinawaday 2015 Saturday 20th June 2015 10:00 – 18:00 Admission Free Spitalfields, London E1 6AA http://www.spitalfields.co.uk Nearest tube: Liverpool Street Program: Okinawan Classical & Folk Music Eisa Dancing Okinawa day stall Okinawan Arts and Craft Stalls … Continue reading

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Marathon, Miss Okinawa, Sogo Hospital, Nakasone Endowment, AmerAsian School, Karate & China

Sunday’s Okinawa Marathon is a wide open event, as more than 11,000 runners toe the Okinawa City starting line for the kick off of the 26.2-mile event…. The Okinawa Marathon begins at Awase, then carries runners through Takahara, near Koza, … Continue reading

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Karate Pioneer Kentsu Yabu, 1866-1937

Updated 2/13/15 [Note: This article, “Karate Pioneer Kentsu Yabu, 1866-1937,” by Joseph R. Svinth, was first published in Journal of Combative Sport, June 2003. It is republished here with Mr. Svinth’s kind permission. -editor] By Joseph R. Svinth Acknowledgments: An … Continue reading

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Ishigaki, Akama Athletic Park, Karate, Ssit-kkim-gut, Naminoue, Okinawa Prefectural Museum

Stephen Mansfield, “Isolation Helps Preserve Ishigaki’s Unique Charm,” Japan Times, 12/27/14 – A different past was evident in the older back streets of the port town, which were like dusty medinas — crooked lanes of salt-eroded cement homes covered in … Continue reading

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2015 Okinawan Festival (Honolulu) – Sep. 5 & 6

Updated 8/13/15, 9/5/15 Okinawan Festival Hours Saturday, SEPTEMBER 5, 2015 Festival Festivities begin at 9:00 am Most food booths & tents close at 6:00 pm Only select food booths open until 8:00 pm Live Entertainment at Kapiolani Park Bandstand: 9:00 … Continue reading

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My 3rd Trip to China: The China-Okinawa Connection

One day in Shanghai, we spent a few hours at the City God Temple shopping center looking around. We had finished a delicious multi-course lunch there in one of the restaurants and were waiting for our bus to come pick … Continue reading

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Okinawa Association of America Annual Bazaar 10/12/14 (Gardena)

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Okinawan Festival 2014: Good Food, Good Friends, Good Fun

Hi Folks! Finally getting around to talking about my own experience at the Okinawan Festival. Wife and I met daughter and her boyfriend at KCC. We’all took the bus shuttle to Kapiolani Park. First thing, we went look’n for food. … Continue reading

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Okinawa Wins Men’s Team and Individual Kata at Karate 1 Premier League Championships 2014

Okinawa — Ryo Kiyuna (Ryueiryu and Kobudo-ryuhokai), Arata Kinjo (Ryueiryu and Kobudo-ryuhokai) and Takuya Uemura (Okinawa International University) — won the team kata title at the Karate 1 Premier League Championships held on 31 August 2014 at the Okinawa Prefectural … Continue reading

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Okinawan Women, Karate, Ta-Taki, etc.

Umushirikutu “Okinawa women score high as business leaders,” Japan Update, 8/27/14: A survey by Teikoku Databank Fukuoka says Kyushu and Okinawa areas are strongest in female leadership in Japan, scoring 8.5% of the presidencies. The national average is 7.4% female … Continue reading

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Okinawan Festival 2014 – Photos

Last updated 8/31/14 These photos were shot between 2:50pm and 3:40pm on Saturday, 8/30/14, at the annual Okinawan Festival in Kapiolani Park, Honolulu. Thus, they capture only a brief 50-minute slice of the 2-day event. Still, they capture some of … Continue reading

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2014 Okinawan Festival Program (Honolulu) Aug. 30-31

(See photos from the 2014 festival.) Source: Okinawan Festival Program, sponsored by the Hawaii United Okinawa Association. Accessed 8/17/14. This schedule is subject to change. Visit the festival’s official website. Saturday, 8/30/14 9:00am – RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU … Continue reading

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Okinawa Day 2014 in London, June 21

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Miss International 2012 Contestants Visit an Okinawa High School

The following HD (1280×720) video was uploaded to YouTube by missinterokinawa on 10/15/12. The central focus is the Miss International contestants, but just as if not more fascinating is the glimpse at Okinawa’s high school students. Note appended to the … Continue reading

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Takuya Uemura: All-Japan High School Kata Champion 2010

The following video was uploaded to YouTube by TheOKINAWATIMES on 8/10/10. Uemura’s spirit and concentration is phenomenal. “At ‘Churasima-sotai,’ All Japan High School Athletic Meeting in Okinawa, 2010, Takuya Uemura [Konan High School] won the 1st prize for male Karate … Continue reading

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Miss Universe Japan 2014 Originally from Okinawa: Karate Champion in High School

Last updated 10/31/14 Okinawa High School Sports Competition 30 May 2011, the final of karate do individual kumite, female. First Place Winner: Keiko Tsuji (Koza Highschool, Okinawa City). Second Place Winner: Erika Spina (Koza Highschool, Okinawa City). At Naha International … Continue reading

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London Okinawa Day 2014

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‘Karate in the Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa Prefecture, and Hawaii’ with Pat Nakata and Charles C. Goodin

“Karate in the Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa Prefecture, and Hawaii: How Is Okinawan Culture Spread Through Karate?”1 is a video from a 9 Feb. 2012 presentation by Sensei Pat Nakata2, Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate Association (Chibana Shorin-Ryu), and Charles C. Goodin, president, Hawaii … Continue reading

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