Introducing The Okinawan Karate Nerd Programme (OKNP)

Would you like to experience Okinawa – the birthplace of Karate?

Today is your lucky day!

We are accepting NEW APPLICATIONS NOW for the next Karate Nerd program in Okinawa to commence by OCTOBER 1st 2017. Click the link below to apply.

Introducing…

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OKNP is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young Karate Nerds between the ages of 18-35 to fly to Okinawa and live there for 6-12 months and experience the Way of Karate at its source.

This programme is the result of an exclusive collaboration between Jesse Enkamp, chief karate nerd at KARATEbyJesse.com, and James Pankiewicz, founder of The DOJO Bar and Challenge Okinawa, together with Seishin International as proud sponsor.

If you are a young Karate Nerd who dreams of discovering the essence of Karate (…and yourself) – keep reading.

The Okinawan Karate Nerd Programme includes:

– 6 or 12 months living in Okinawa – the birthplace of Karate.

– Daily training with traditional Karate masters and living legends.

– Hands on involvement behind the scenes in Okinawan seminars and events.

– Assistance in working part time in local businesses and assisting at Challenge Okinawa (The 100 Kata Event, international seminars etc).

– Access to unique Okinawan cultural activities such as working in a awamori factory or with a master sanshin maker, exploring Okinawa’s mountain trails, or coastline on kayak, exploring Okinawa’s castles and caves, learn to cook traditional food etc.

The first class of Okinawa Karate Nerds have been having the adventure of a lifetime since arriving in Okinawa in spring 2017. Check out our reports on their experiences …

The Karate Nerds in Okinawa!

If you are accepted into OKNP, the following will be provided for you:seishin_hokama

– Pre-trip advice on visa application (applicant must apply themselves) and general preparation help.

– Airport pick up, good value accommodation (applicant pays) and orientation on Okinawa.

– Help with designing personal training programme, introductions to local teachers and access to other Karate resources.

– Help with finding part time work such as at The DOJO Bar or other local businesses,  and/or as assistant in local Karate events.

– Introduction to cultural and learning opportunities such as Japanese lessons, calligraphy lessons, cooking classes etc.

– Special excursions and trips around Okinawa and nearby islands to discover unique locations and people.

– Any assistance required with other necessary services such as travel, local government, medical etc.

We are accepting NEW APPLICATIONS NOW for the next Karate Nerd program in Okinawa to commence by OCTOBER 1st 2017. Click the link below to apply.

Sounds amazing, right? Click here to get access to the application form.

1st CYBERBUDO Budosai Seminar in Okinawa

Challenge Okinawa is very proud to sponsor and host this special event in Okinawa:

The 1st CYBERBUDO Budosai Seminar in Okinawa

SATURDAY APRIL 29th. Start time 9AM (finish by 6PM)

LOCATION: The Karate Kaikan in Tomishiro (空手会館、豊見城市)

We were very lucky to have Terry Wingrove Hanshi visiting Okinawa and sponsoring this special event.

Participants included special guests from the Cyberbudo organisation and local invitees. Around 50 people attended including many from Europe and the Americas.

CLICK HERE for the VIDEO of the event (on youtube)

CLICK HERE for the full GALLERY of pictures of the event

13151805_10206319852290425_4340184716273957304_nWingrove Hanshi 9th Dan Hanshi (FAJKO) spent 21 years in Japan and is in his 59th year in karate.  He received his 8th dan Kyoshi, 33 years ago in Kyoto.

He also holds 9th Dan in Jujitsu, 3rd Dan Judo & 3rd Dan Aikido

This event was designed to introduce attendees to a range of styles and teachers prominent in Okinawa today who teach traditional Okinawan technique. The seminar included 3 guest instructors demonstrating techniques from Motobu Udundi and Goju-ryu karate. Featuring and Sponsored by Terry Wingrove Hanshi with:

 

YAGI ISAO Hanshi –  9th dan Motobu-ryu Ryukyu Bujutsu Moudi, instructor in MOTOBU UDUNDI, the ancient royal palace art which was kept secret until recent times. Motobu Udundi

Isao Yagi 9th dan Ryukyu Royal Family Martial Arts Bu Mai Moidi Motobu ryu Gassen Tuidi School

Isao Yagi 9th dan Ryukyu Royal Family Martial Arts Bu Mai Moidi Motobu ryu Gassen Tuidi School

blends te (the precursor of karate) kobudo (weapons) and Ryukyu dance. The name comes from the fact that it was passed down through the noble Motobu family of the udun rank, with the di coming from ti, meaning bujutsu–martial art–in Ryukyuan. Motobu Udundi is considered a “general” martial art in that it makes use of punching and kicking striking techniques, joint locking and throwing techniques known as tuiti, and a variety of weapons.

 

KUBA YOSHIO Hanshi – instructor in Goju-ryu karate

kubaYoshio Kuba is a 10th Dan black belt and is the head of the Kenpokai in Okinawa, Japan. He was a direct student of Seikichi Toguchi Sensei, who was a student of Chojun Miyagi Sensei and Seiko Higa Sensei. Kuba Sensei epitomizes the understanding of Goju and his understand of its concepts and application is legendary but off and on the dojo floor. He runs a full time acupuncturist practice in Okinawa and is head of the Acupuncture Association in Japan.

 

HOKAMA TETSUHIRO Hanshi 10th Dan Gojuryu Karatedo Hanshi, President of the Okinawa Gojuryu Kenshi Kai Karatedo Kobudo Association and founder ofHokama the first Karatedo museum in the World. Hanshi Hokama is one of the most knowledgeable Gojuryu Karatedo masters. He has a deep understanding of the “Old Ways” of Karate. He is also a very accomplished and skilled calligrapher, or Japanese SHODO.

 

SEMINAR SCHEDULE

 

9AM – Registration and greetings followed by Terry Wingrove Hanshi introductory session

 

10:30 – 12:30 – YAGI ISAO Hanshi – MOTOBU UDUNDI

 

12:30- 1:30PM – LUNCH.

 

1:30 – 3:30PM – KUBA YOSHIO Hanshi – GOJURYU

 

3:30 Break time

 

4:00PM-6PM – HOKAMA TETSUHIRO Hanshi. Hokama sensei taught  GOJURYU technique for 60 mins, then demonstrated SHODO for participants and produced a variety of beautiful Shodo pieces upon request. Many participants used this excellent opportunity to purchase  original and unique pieces of Shodo for their home or dojo. Typically prices per piece were 5000 yen – 10000 yen depending on the size and materials.

 

5:45 Seminar closes 

 

7PM – post seminar dinner

We reserved a 2 hour 40 seat booking at NOTO NO UMI , featuring a very tasty Okinawan cuisine menu and all-you-can-drink special course! 

NOTO NO UMI, Naha, Kaniharacho 10-8,  2nd floor.  098-852-1714. Near ONOYAMAKOEN monorail station.

 

9PM

Following dinner guests were warmly invited to meet at The DOJO Bar for drinks.

DOJO Bar (www.dojobarnaha.com)

Nearest monorail station is MAKISHI.

2017 100 Kobudo Kata Challenge participation certificates available for download.

Greetings from Okinawa. With just less than one week to go until the 100 Kobudo Kata Challenge event I am thrilled to see that over 40 dojo in 26 countries have signed up to participate. To know that so many of you will be taking on this challenge on the same day as us here in Okinawa is truly uplifting. Please do be aware that when our Okinawan kobudo teachers hear about how many kobudo students around the world are passionate and committed to practising their art they are genuinely pleased and very happy.  Let’s keep their tradition alive and strong and I wish everyone a very very enjoyable day on Sunday.

So, apologies for the lateness but PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATES are now available here for free download for those instructors who wish to give one to their students. In the spirit of this free event please do not resell or charge for these certificates. Thank you.

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