Soke Takayoshi Nagamine Annual Memorial Weekend

The annual memorial Matsubayashi karate weekend to remember and honor Soke Takayoshi Nagamine was held August 12th (Soke’s birthday) and 13th at the WMKA Cocoa Beach Karate Dojo. Karate practitioners came form all over to honor Soke T. Nagaminre and train together for the weekend. There was also a dan testing for Cocoa Beach Karate yudansha Lisa Miller who earned her 2nd dan. The WMKA Board of judges were: Angel Mazza, Kyoshi 7th Dan, Curtis Anderson Renshi 6th Dan, Des Chaskelson Renshi 6th Dan and Marsha Lauka 5th Dan. Soke held several seminars in Florida, the last one at Cocoa Beach Karate Dojo on 2011. The memorial in his honor has been held every year since then.

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WMKA/EMKA September, 2022 Seminar Featuring Toshimitsu Arakaki Hanshi, 10th Dan

We are pleased to announce a WMKA/EMKA seminar With Arakaki Sensei, 10th Dan, Hanshi on September 9th and 10th, 2022 in Belleville, Illinois, USA. The seminar will begin on the evening of Friday, September 9th and will continue as a full day event on September 10th. On Saturday evening, September 10th, there will be a Banquet and on Sunday morning, September 11 a breakfast meal. Registration for the seminar is open to WMKA and EMKA members. Options for days of attendance and for the banquet food choices as well as attendance for breakfast can be found on the registration forms below.Several hotel options and suggestions are also listed on the registrations, but there are many hotels to choose from in the area. Please register soon as attendance numbers are limited.(Note: Prior notification of this seminar was sent to all dojo owners in May and the registration form became available on June 5, 2022.)Please click on the link below to open the registration form:https://matsubayashi-ryu.com/220605-sept22-seminar-registration-final/ *For more information, please contact Ed French, 6th Dan of the Nagamine Matsubayashi-Ryu Lineage Dojo and host of the seminar by email at edfrench@pobox.com, or by phone at (618) 830-8192. Thank you and we look forward to seeing many WMKA/EMKA members at the seminar!

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News From Okinawa: New Payment Method for Dojo Owners

November 26,2021 Good news for WMKA Dojo Owners! You can now submit payments directly to the WMKA/ President Taira Bank account through PayPal.The PayPal link is listed on the secure ‘Dojo Owner’s” page under payment options.You can use the Paypal method to submit fees for dojo licenses, yudansha certificates or any other WMKA fees that need to be submitted to Okinawa. If you don’t have a Paypal account you can easily start one for no fee. Follow direction to enroll in PayPal. Once you have logged into PayPal you can click on the link or scan the QR barcode on the Dojo Owners page. The cost of sending money directly through PayPal is considerably less than a “Bank wire transfer fee”(See the “Dojo Owners Page” for other options to submit fees). https://paypal.me/WMKA1/ Use “Send” Option, then on payment screen, please include a note/message with following information included:a) From whom (Dojo Owner’s name)b) What the payment is for (ex. Dan certificates, license renewal, etc.) We hope this will make payment much more simple for our members. (Click Read More to see entire post if image not seen)

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Dojo Owner License Renewal for 2020 and forward. Please Renew Before December 31, 2019

Dear Dojo Owners, Most Dojo Owner Licenses are effective one-year, from January 1,2019 to December 31,2019. We want you to Renew your Dojo Owner License for 2020 before the end of December, 2019 . A “One Year Renewal” yearly is good enough, but we want you consider a “Multiple Year Renewal” , if it is possible for you. We do have some Dojo Owners who chose multiple year renewals. Please use the “WMKA Request for Dojo License Renewal and Acquisition (Rev.2)” form for renewal. We will be very busy next year, especially in Okinawa, for the “Big Events” to honor Founder Shoshin Nagamine .  We are expecting to see you all in Okinawa next year. Best Regards, From Okinawa Headquarters

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News from Okinawa   March 30, 2019 Communication and Mailing address Change 

Please click on title above to read entire post: News from Okinawa   March 30, 2019 Communication and Mailing address Change  Dear WMKA Dojo Owners around the world, I am sure everything is well with your daily and karate life where you live. We will change the communication and mailing address starting from April 1 which is the beginning of Japanese fiscal year 2019. Please submit all requests and documents to Okinawa Headquarters (OHQ) through Mr. Riki Nomura (overseas manager) so he can receive all of the information from overseas. Though Mr. Manabu Kinjyo, is a self –employed person and busy in his own job he will still work with Mr. Nomura.  The services and duties between Okinawa and overseas are listed as follows: ① All requests and answers between you and OHQ ② Request an overseas karate-do seminar instructor from Okinawa ③ Request hosting dojo arrangements for your karate practice in Okinawa ④ Request Dojo Owner Licenses every year or multiple years based on your expiration date. ⑤ Request Dan certificates based on your evaluation tests ⑥ Any question and proposal concerning the present and future WMKA development and so on.  I am expecting your full cooperation and support. If you haven’t renewed your Dojo License for 2019, please e-mail or send your documents to Mr. Nomura as soon as possible. Please submit all of your documents in printed lettering, and not with hand written lettering. His Postal and E-mail addresses are as below: Postal Address : 339-29 Kanegushiku Haebaru-cho  […]

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Overseas Communication Update

In order to divide the current work, we assign Mr. Riki Nomura, the former WMKA oversea manager, from 15th December 2018, to be responsible for oversea interaction again. To be joined Mr. Nomura, we are dividing the current tasks into two. One is “Printing certificates” and the other is “Communication with overseas”. “Printing certificates” is handled by Manabu Kinjo. This includes: Dojo Licenses, Yudansha Certificates and Membership Cards. Please send the necessary documents for issuing certificates directly to Manabu Kinjo as before. Mr. Nomura will be in charge of “all exchanges with oversea” such as except printing certificates. This should include communication regarding visits to Okinawa and training schedules, overseas seminar requests, membership and other questions for the board of directors. For future exchanges, it will be changed to the new representative e-mail address “wmka-rep001@pdt-duo.com“.

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Statement by Yoshitaka Taira Hanshi, President of the WMKA

Dear Members, I hope you are all well and training hard. I would like to apologize for the lack of communication from Okinawa. Our overseas manager has been very busy. Please know that we have received all your documents and fees. We will be processing them as soon as we can. Thank you for your understanding. Yoshitaka Taira President WMKA

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