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Okinawa Karate

Okinawa Karate

Okinawa Karate is made up of several schools that are based on Okinawa.  Mainland Japan Karate tends to be sports Karate.  Okinawa Karate is named so to distinguish from Mainland Karate.  Okinawa Karate is now a brand type.  However, some schools belong to Old Japan Karate Association so it is difficult to name uniformly.  Generally, like old style Karate, regarding traditional form practice methods there are weapon skills and hand combat skills training.
In Okinawa Karate schools are Shorin School, Uechi School Okinawa Shogen School. Okinawa Goju School, Motobu Udunte School, Shorinji School, Ryueiryu School,
Itosu School and so on.

Karate Dojo

MurasakimuraYomitan village is located in the middle of Okinawa Mainland.  There are revived facilities of the 14th century Ryukyu Village community.  Located in Murasakimura is the Okinawa traditional Karate Koboudo International Studying Center.  The center offers facilities that people from Japan and Overseas can come to study Okinawa Karate at the home of Karate. The facilities look very much like Chinese “Fukkenshu fuushoushi” because that is where the Karate schools founder was taught.  Rich nature and wonderful location are combined here.  You cannot find such a wonderful place anywhere else.  There are simple accommodations available so you can spend a day enveloped in Okinawa traditional Karate.

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Karate Ryuha

Tetsu Uechi

Meitsu Yagi Kenyuu Chinen
Ueti school

The founder of this school is Master Kanbun Uechi (May 1877 to June 1948).  This school is the newest in Okinawa’s four main streams of school.  Uechi school is based on “pangainukenpo” which is where founder Kanbun Uechi was taught in Fukkenshu China. 

Cooperation: Kokusai Uechi Ryu Karate-do Association, Renshi 6th Dan black belt, Master Satoshi Uechi

Goju school

The school blossomed and martial arts developed in Okinawa and became a traditional martial art of the east. Karate and Budo fused principles and technique to form one school. Historically this is a comprehensive close combat martial art such as strikes, throwing and joint techniques. Goju is one of the historical Karate schools of Okinawa.

Cooperation: Goju Ryu Karate-do Association, Soke 10th Dan black belt, Master Meitatsu Yagi

shorin school

Shorin School is one of Okinawa’s three main streams of Karate (Goju School, Uechi School, Shorin School…).  In 1933, Master Choshin Chibana named Shorin School.  In 1948, they organized Okinawa Shorin Ryu Karate-do Association.  They took over the Shuri-te stream.  There is a Dojo not only in Okinawa but also overseas. 

Cooperation: Shorin Ryu Karate-do Association, 9th Dan black belt ,
Master Kenyu Chinen

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Kobudo

Kobudo

Cooperation: Shorin Ryu Karate-do Association, 9th Dan black belt ,
Master Kenyu Chinen

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Symposium

Symposium

There are now more than 150 countries and 50, 000, 000 participants of “Karate”. Okinawa is the birthplace of “Karate”, it is considered the “holy place of Karate”, and Karate members from all over the world have respect for Okinawa because of this. At the Okinawa Traditional “Karate” Kobudo International Study Center, Master Kenyu Chinen, Kyoshi 9th Dan black belt of Shorin School Karate and Master Meitatsu Yagi, Souke 10th Dan black belt from Goju School Karate and Master Satoshi Uechi, Renshi 6th Dan black belt from Uechi School Karate did a presentation. Their presentation was focused on three main points, the foundation of the Okinawa Traditional Karate Kobudo Studying Center, the difference between traditional and competitive “Karate” and overseas karate students. These three Masters are now concerned with and discuss the present situation and future of Okinawan Karate.

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