November 14, 2020
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 policy of the Okinawa General Headquarters which is “Nuchi-du Takara” which in Okinawan dialect and means “Life is a Treasure”. Please be aware of this policy to protect you and the people around you in your daily activities.
Handling of Dojo Owner License based on deadline date
- Dojo Owner License whose deadline is dated on December 31, 2020.
a. We will issue the “New Dojo Owner License” whose deadline is dated on December 31, 2021.
b. You won’t need to pay the fees or submit a “WMKA Request for Dojo License Renewal and Acquisition for 2021” to renew your license for 2021.
c. If you want to choose a multiple year Renewal starting 2021, you can do it and we will add one year to your multiple year extension request.
d. For your renewal, you will need to submit a new “WMKA Agreement with Dojo Owner” Please see the instruction in #4 below.
- Dojo Owner License whose deadline is dated on December 31, 2021 and after.
a. We will add one year to your current deadline date and issue “New Dojo Owner License”.
b. You won’t need to submit “WMKA Request for Dojo Owner License Renewal and Acquisition” for 2021 and after”.
c. For your renewal, you will need to submit a new “WMKA Agreement with Dojo Owner” Please see the instruction in #4 below.
- The procedure to get a New Dojo Owner License in 2021
a. You have to submit both “WMKA Request for Dojo Owner License Renewal and Acquisition” and “WMKA Agreement with Dojo Owner” for 2021.
b. You will have to pay the Registration fee to be a WMKA New Dojo Owner in 2021.
- The submittal of “WMKA Agreement with Dojo Owner” for all WMKA Dojo Owners.
a. We had a few revisions on “WMKA Agreement with Dojo Owner” since 2012.
b. Please read and confirm the attached “WMKA Agreement with Dojo Owner” and fill out pages 1 & 8 and send to Mr. Riki Nomura (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 10th. The purpose of this request is to up-to-date the “WMKA Agreement with Dojo Owner “.
Yoshitaka Taira, President of WMKA