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Dear WMKA members from around the world, A Happy New Year! I congratulate you all in welcoming a bright and hopeful New Year 2015! We are very grateful for your strong support and cooperation for the “The Memorial Karate-Do Seminar and Exchange Demonstration 2014 for Soke Takayoshi Nagamine in Okinawa”. The events were great and successful.
宗家 長嶺高兆 追善空手道セミナー＆交流演武会２０１４in 沖縄 Dear WMKA members Merry Christmas 2014and A Happy New Year 2015 ! The event was great and successful because of your support and cooperation. Though, you may be enjoying it on facebook from many dojo owners who attend the events, I will add some news from Okinawa. We had more than 250 participants including spouses and parents of boys and girls from nine countries around the world. The two-day karate-do seminar was held on both October 31st & November 1 at the Okinawa Prefectural Martial arts hall in Naha City, Okinawa. We had a Dan promotion test, an “Exchange” demonstration and “Exchange” party on November 2, 2014. Please refer to the “Demonstration Program” for detailed information. I will send the program to all dojo owners who couldn’t come to Okinawa because of their health conditions or job situations. Okinawa Headquarters was very glad and happy to host the many WMKA members from overseas including mainland of Japan. I attached some Snapshot Photos during the events. The memorial photos of both Founder Shoshin Nagamine and Soke Takayoshi Nagamine with the WMKA flag and the Memorial events banner The Karate-do seminar was instructed by president Yoshitaka Taira hanshi 10th dan and other high ranking teachers.
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.
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.
Dojo Opening and Seminar Date: July 25th-27th Location: Bowmanville, Canada Contact: Anthony Gibson 905-243-9928 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Date: November 22 and 23, 2013 Location: Anshin Dojo Mississauga, Canada Contact: Sensei Trombley (905) 277-4902 or email email@example.com
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.