News from Okinawa
February 19, 2023
The Change of the Overseas Manager in Okinawa
Dear WMKA Dojo owners around the world,
I hope you are actively working on your daily and karate life in the countries where you live.
We had a board meeting on January 22, 2023 in Okinawa and have decided on a new overseas manager. His name is Mr. Daichi Sakamoto at the Taira Dojo.
I will keep working on my current duty until March 31st. Mr. Sakamoto will work as an overseas manager starting April 1st 2023, the date for Japanese Fiscal year 2023. His mailing address will be announced later. I am going to hand over all my work to Mr. Sakamoto between March 25 to March 30. I don’t want to leave any unsolved work for him when he starts as the new overseas manager. I want to ask for your cooperation as below:
1. Dojo owner license renewal for 2023 and after. Okinawa didn’t request any deadline last year to renew your dojo owner license for the dojo owners who haven’t renewed for 2023. I wish that you will renew your dojo owner license by March 20 or the sooner the better..
We are planning to hold a “Memorial Monument Erection Commemorative Festival” (tentative name) sometime in the autumn in 2024. I hope many WMKA members from around the world will come and meet each other again in Okinawa.
2. Up-to-date your Website dojo information. Dr. Fred Schlesinger who is the Website administrator asked you with his letter on December 22 last year. He didn’t mention the due date. However, I wish that all of the Website dojo information will be up-to-date as quickly as possible. Even if you as a dojo owner doesn’t have any changes, please let him know it so he can confirm the Website Dojo information. I added his last year’s letter just for your information again:
“Dear WMKA Dojo Owners
In the spirit of keeping the WMKA website as up-to-date as possible, we are asking all dojo owners to please look at their listings on the website and to make note of any and all changes or corrections that need to be made such
- Dojo Name
- Contact information (email, phone, address)
- Yudansha and Ranks
Regarding Yudansha, please only include updates on whose ranks need updating, who needs to be added, and who needs to be removed. Especially for those dojos with large lists, this will make it far easier for us to make these important updates. Thank you!“
This year is my 8th year as an overseas manager since the passing away of Soke Takayoshi Nagamine on April 25, 2012.
My duty will end on March 31, 2023. Thank you very much for your cooperation and help.
I pray for you and the WMKA to have the best and prosperous future!