Established in 2014 by James Pankiewicz, owner of the DOJO Bar (www.dojobarnaha.com), Challenge Okinawa! is based in Okinawa, Japan. The company specialises in karate and sports event design and delivery in Okinawa, along with producing programmes such as international homestay & dojo exchanges and tailored tours of Okinawa. James is assisted by a local team who manage Japanese language marketing and communications, website production and assist in event production.
James is a well-known figure in the local and international martial arts scene. Since opening the DOJO Bar in Naha in 2009, which has rapidly become one of the most popular international bars in Okinawa, James has organised many events for visitors and locals from tailored island tours, to beach parties, karate seminars and dojo visits. James is fluent in Japanese and has been practicing martial arts himself for over 20 years. He maintains close links with many local Okinawan karate teachers, business owners and community leaders.
If you are considering visiting Okinawa and running group activities here such as martial arts events, outdoor adventure events or sporting events and would like assistance to deliver them, please contact us. We offer assistance in organising local reservations, arranging transport and accommodation, arranging visits and seminars with local experts and teachers, providing translators and guides and much more.