Dojo Opening and Seminar in Canada

Yoshitaka Taira Sensei, 10th dan Hanshi, and president of the World Matsubayashi Ryu Karate-do Assosciation, was in Canada from July 24 through August 1st to officially open the Ryu Shin karate dojo. While in Canada, Taira Sensei also conducted a three day seminar. Here are the highlights of his visit.

JAPAN PREMIER LEAGUE 2014 OKINAWA

This event will be the first PREMIER LEAGUE in Japan sponsored by World Karate Federation (WFK) and managed by Japan Karatedo Federation(JKF) and will open in Okinawa on August 30 & 31,2014. We are very grateful to both the WKF and the JKF for their consideration to Okinawa as “ The Birth Place of Karate”.  The Venue will be at the Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts.

President Yoshitaka Taira visted Hawaii

The Okinawa Prefectural Government is planing to build the Karatedo Kaikan, Karate Hall (tentative name), starting this year and open it next year. The location will be in the neighboring castle ruin in Tomigusuku city, which is about 1.7 km from the current Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts.

A New Year’s Greeting from Okinawa

Dear WMKA members around the world, A Happy New Year to everyone around the world.  I pray for you the best in 2014 wherever you live. As we all know, we had very sad news for the past two consecutive years. They were the most severe hardships for us since the starting of the WMKA in 1960’s. To overcome this difficult situation, we have been working together hand to hand and heart to heart.

News from Okinawa; December 10, 2013

Dear WMKA Members around the world, Below is a list of the karate practice trips to Okinawa from overseas including that of mainland Japan from August to November, 2013. Dan Promotion TestsWe had four dan promotion tests; three of them were for overseas participants and one was for the annual Autumn test in Okinawa.

World WMKA Seminars Outside of Okinawa from August-November, 2013

Irish Seminar with Kiyoshi Shinjo sensei, Hanshi, 9th dan  Shinjo Kiyoshi Sensei, Hanshi Kudan, travelled to Ireland from August 10th to August 17th, 2013 to present a seminar at the Dojo of Martin O’Malley in Castlebar Co. Mayo and Anthony Whelan and John Killane in Longford town, Co. Longford.  This was the first visit of a teacher from Okinawa since the sad and sudden passing of Soke Nagamine in 2012.

Karate-Do Seminars Overseas from Okinawa

1.    Karate-Do Seminar with Hanshi Toshimitsu Arakaki 10th dan in Australia Arakaki sensei will be teaching a karate-do seminar in Harrington Australia from October 26 to 30 (five-days) at both Mr. John Carlyle and Mr. Reece Cummings’ Dojos. This will be his first karate-do seminar given overseas, but the second from Okinawa headquarters since the passing away of Soke T. Nagamine (refer to Shinjo sensei’s Ireland visit below). Arakaki sensei will leave Okinawa on October 25th and come back on 31st.