Cancellation of the Memorial Monument Unveiling for Founder Shoshin Nagamine in 2021

Dear WMKA members, We are cancelling the “Monument Unveiling” for Founder Shoshin Nagamine in November this year due to the current situation relating to the Corona virus vaccination status and because of immigration control restrictions in Japan that are difficult to predict for the near future. The completed vaccination ratio in Japan is only around 2% of all the people of Japan, including the workers in the medical field and the elderly people (aged 65 and above). The government plans to complete vaccinations for the elderly people by the end of July. Vaccination for the rest of the people ages 16 to 64 will start after that, but the beginning and completion dates are not yet clear.  The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games committees have decided to open without any spectators from overseas. We value the Okinawan proverb which says “Life is a Treasure”, which is pronounced “Nuchi du Takara” in the Okinawan dialect. We have canceled the Monument Unveiling ceremony and Karate-do seminar with the expectation that many WMKA members from around the world should feel safe when they come to Okinawa for the next events in due time. The Construction of the Memorial Monument will start in September as we had planned and will be completed by the end of October this year. After the construction work is finished, a Consecration   Ceremony for the Monument will be performed by a few attendees from Okinawa General Headquarters. We still plan to hold a Commemorative Ceremony for the monument honoring […]

The New schedule for the Memorial Events for Founder Shoshin Nagamine in 2021

News Announcement from Okinawa February 16, 2021 This Event Has Been Cancelled: The New schedule for the Memorial Events for Founder Shoshin Nagamine in 2021  Dear WMKA members around the world,  The COVID-19 pandemic is still spreading and on the rampage around the world. We hope all of you are not affected too much and are keeping your daily lives safe. It seems no one including pandemic specialists from around the world can predict when this COVID-19 PANDEMIC will become quiet and we will return to our normal daily lives again. All we can do may be to pray that the Covid-19 pandemic will be over as quickly as possible.  “There is no night that doesn’t dawn”, and we believe that today’s step by step actions will lead to a bright future. I want to announce “The New schedule for the Memorial Events for Founder Shoshin Nagamine in 2021”. Please refer to the attached leaflet below this letter for detailed information. We hope that positive thinking and rational behavior of people around the world will soon overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. Corona virus vaccination has begun in some countries and we hope it will soon cover all nations. Also, we wish that the Tokyo Olympic and the Paralympic Games will be open this summer in Japan to show the strength of human beings over the Covid-19 pandemic. We will closely follow the Covid-19 pandemic situation around the world and will inform you of any changes including any additional postponement or suspension […]

New Year’s Greeting from the President

News from Okinawa  January 1,2021 New Year’s Greeting from the President Dear WMKA members around the world, Hysai gusu-yo Aratama nu simi tu ku-bu kajyati kukuru kara shigata wakaku naimi sochi iisho-guwachide-biru! A Happy New Year! I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations to all of you for the glorious and hopeful New Year. I think last year was a really turbulent year for Okinawa and throughout the world. The current Covid-19 corona virus was a disaster, and the news media focused mostly on it. The Tokyo Olympics and National Sports Events & Festivals including many other events had been postponed or reduced in order to prevent the new coronavirus infection. The Memorial Monument Unveiling and Celebration for Founder Shoshin Nagamine was postponed to this year. We don’t have any sure prospect for the eradication of the coronavirus pandemic. However, we were able to hold the “ WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Tribute to Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine” on November 1st which confirmed the bond and solidarity of WMKA . Unfortunately, many people are still forced to live in tension and fear every day without any reasonable information to feel safe in their mind. We expect that 2021 will be a year of glorious vibrancy, overcoming the influence of the new Coronavirus. “There is no night that doesn’t dawn”, and we believe that today’s step by step approach will lead to the bright future. I strongly look forward to reuniting with many of you in November in Okinawa at The […]

Commemorative Video of the WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Memorial Tribute to Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine

Commemorative Video of the WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Memorial Tribute to Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine  Because of the  global COVID-19 pandemic upon us, we as members of the WMKA were not able to meet in Okinawa in 2020 for our planned event “The Memorial Monument Unveiling and Celebration for founder Shoshin Nagamine and Karate-do International Seminar & Exchange Martial Arts 2020”.  However, thanks to the cooperation of WMKA senior instructors and WMKA members throughout the world, the “WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Memorial Tribute to Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine” was a huge success. The two session occuring at 8 am and 8 pm Okinawa time on November 1st, 2020 were meant to accommodate members in the many time zones throughout the world and included over 250 Zoom participant connections. Please enjoy the following video of our virtual event. In the credits, you will find a list of WMKA members that organized and contributed to this event making it both possible and successful. (Video production, courtesy of Mr. Joel Castasus)

Exemption From WMKA Membership Annual Fees For 2021

November 14, 2020 Exemption from WMKA membership Annual fees for 2021  Dear WMKA Dojo Owners, Although the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging all over the world, I hope that you and the people around you are not affected by it and are doing well in your daily life.  The “WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Memorial Tribute to Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine” ended very successfully on November 1st. We had 275 connections from around the world and also met many more people behind each connection which confirmed our WMKA solidarity and bonds. “The Memorial Monument Unveiling & Celebration for Founder Shoshin Nagamine” in Okinawa was postponed to 2021. I am sure “Our passion and mind for Matsubayashi-ryu karate” has reached out to the soul of Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine in heaven. We will continue to promote cooperation and exchange between Okinawa and overseas members including mainland of Japan by utilizing online karate. Nobody, including the world’s infectious diseases specialists can predict the extermination of the Covid-19 pandemic around the world. I highly appreciate your willingness to practice alone at home & by online training with teachers, via the multiple dojos owners that are connected by Zoom using online karate to pursue Matsubayashi-ryu even under current Covid-19 condition. We decided to exempt WMKA membership annual fee for 2021 to encourage and support you throughout the world. The handling of the Dojo Owner license is based on the deadline dated as below. We also ask for your cooperation to adapt the basic […]

Important Reminder: WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Memorial Tribute to Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine 

October 20, 2020: News Notification from Okinawa Important Reminder: WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Memorial Tribute to Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine   Dear WMKA members,  We have less than two weeks before the “WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Memorial Tribute to Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine” event which will be held twice on November 1st at 8:00 am and 8:00 pm Okinawa local time. November 1st was the originally scheduled date for “The Memorial Monument Unveiling & Celebration for Founder Shoshin Nagamine” in Okinawa. All Events in Okinawa were postponed to 2021.  Please know that all WMKA dojo owners and their students may register for one or both of these events: First Zoom Online Workout: November 1st  8:00 am Okinawa time The 8 am event will feature a speech and special karate instruction by WMKA president Yoshitaka Taira (Hanshi 10th dan). Second Zoom Online Workout: November 1st 8:00 pm Okinawa time The 8 pm event will feature a speech and special Karate instruction by Vice-president Toshimitsu Arakaki (Hanshi 10th dan). Remember to refer to your time zone and select your convenient time to participate for the 8 am and/or the 8 pm event according to your country’s location (you may participate in both events if convenient for you!). If you are affected by Daylight Savings Time and you register for the 8PM session, please note that you will need to log into the Zoom session an hour earlier due to the time change early morning of November 1. If you are a […]

WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Memorial Tribute to Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine 

September 27, 2020: News Notification from Okinawa WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Memorial Tribute to Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine   Dear WMKA members, The COVID-19 disease (Coronavirus) is still hurting many people around the world. I hope all of you and the people around you are not affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.   We are glad to announce the “WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Memorial Tribute to Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine” which will be held twice on November 1st at 8:00 am and 8:00 pm Okinawa local time. November 1st was the originally scheduled date for “The Memorial Monument Unveiling & Celebration for Founder Shoshin Nagamine” in Okinawa. All Events were postponed to 2021.  We are very thankful for all WMKA members around the world because “WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Memorial Tribute to Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine “was proposed by overseas members not from Okinawa.  First Zoom Online Workout: November 1st  8:00 am Okinawa time The 8 am event will feature a speech and special karate instruction by WMKA president Yoshitaka Taira (Hanshi 10th dan). Second Zoom Online Workout: November 1st 8:00 pm Okinawa time. The 8 pm event will feature a speech and special Karate instruction by Vice-president Toshimitsu Arakaki (Hanshi 10th dan). Please refer to your time zone and select your convenient time to participate for either the 8 am or the 8 pm event according to your country’s location. You may participate in both events if convenient for you! All dojo owners will be mailed registration information and […]

Covid-19 and the Postponement of the Memorial Events for Founder Shoshin Nagamine in Okinawa

May 1, 2020 The Announcement from president Yoshitaka Taira  The COVID-19 and the postponement of the Memorial Events for founder Shoshin Nagamine in Okinawa Dear WMKA members around the world,  The COVID-19 is still spreading and is on a rampage around the world. We are forced to know the tragic up-to-date conditions around the world on both TV and Newspaper every day and night. The world still seems like it is under a GLOBAL COVID-19 LOCKDOWN. Japan is under a nationwide state of emergency and Okinawa is listed as the 14th worst area among 47 prefectures in Japan based on the positive infection rate per capita. What is worse, it seems nobody including pandemic specialists around the world can predict when this COVID-19 PANDEMIC will become quiet and we will be back to the previous normal daily life again.  Considering the current heartbreaking condition and the unknown virus activity, we have decided to postpone “The Memorial Monument Unveiling & Celebration for founder Shoshin Nagamine and Karate-Do International Seminar & Exchange Martial Arts 2020” until 2021. We value the most, our policy “Nuchi-du Takara” which means “Life is a Treasure”. We considered and reconsidered in order to reach this decision. We believe it is the best way to protect WMKA members around the world and to help everyone who are wondering about the trip to Okinawa, spiritually, physically and economically to fight with COVID-19. Please cancel your travel arrangements. To all those who have already booked the trip to Okinawa and […]

The COVID-19 and The Memorial Events for founder Shoshin Nagamine in Okinawa

April 9, 2020 A Message from WMKA president Yoshitaka Taira: The COVID-19 and The Memorial Events for founder Shoshin Nagamine in Okinawa Dear WMKA members around the world, The Covid-19 is hurting and killing many people around the world. We can see the up-to-date conditions around the world on TV every day and night. It makes us very sad to know that so many people are losing their precious lives every day and are still in fear of an invisible, colorless and odorless virus. Under this heartbreaking situation, I hope all of you and the people around you are not affected and remain healthy. We have a proverb in Okinawa, “Nuchi-du Takara” which means “Life is a Treasure”. Please stay at home and protect yourself and the people around you. Karate can be practiced any time and any place. Please exercise at home to keep your health, but not too hard to affect your health because you may not be able to get enough food under the current circumstances. We pray from the bottom of our hearts that the Covid-19 will be wiped out around the world and that peaceful everyday life will return as soon as possible. In Japan, Prime minister Shinzo Abe announced an official “Declaration of a State of Emergency” to the 7-urban areas, Tokyo,Osaka,Saitama,Kanagawa,Chiba, Hyogo & Fukuoka on April 7,2020. The whole of Japan is struggling to fight with Covid-19. A wide range of commercial businesses and facilities were closed or have postponed their schedule. The schools […]

Mr Steve Woolston’s Recent Visit to Okinawa

My name is Steve Woolston, and I am a 5th Dan and dojo owner from England.  I recently visited Okinawa and stayed for a total of eight days.   During my short trip I had the opportunity to train on a number of  occasions with my teacher Arakaki Toshimitsu, Hanshi and also visited many  places around the Island, even taking a day out to visit the island of  Kume-jima. The part of the trip that was most enjoyable to me, aside from the karate  studies of course, was having the chance to further my knowledge and understanding of the warm culture that seems to be found everywhere on  Okinawa. I have been lucky enough to have visited Okinawa now on ten  occasions since first travelling over in 2010, and each time there is  seemingly more and more to learn about its people, history and traditions.   As a dojo, we are already making plans for our trip in October/November  next year, and we are looking forward to it immensely. It is always  difficult to convey the gratitude that we have for the generosity of our  teachers and seniors in Matsubayashi-ryu, but perhaps the best way we can  show it is by continuing to work hard and by spreading the great work that  the WMKA are doing in supporting our efforts in following the  Matsubayashi-ryu tradition. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Ms. Becka Tedder for her  kindness and hospitality during my recent stay.