Karate seminars in Okinawa

At Challenge Okinawa we have years of experience organising karate seminars of all sizes. We have worked with Okinawan teachers across all styles in Okinawa plus many famous international teachers as guests at events here.

Are you planning to visit Okinawa and looking for a seminar event to join? Please get in touch and we can help you.
Are you hoping to organise a seminar here in Okinawa and need a local liaison to arrange teachers, venues, accommodation, entertainment and transport? We will be your local expert team on the ground.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us and find out how we can help you. (our email address – info@challengeokinawa.com )

Sample Seminar Event 1

A fascinating martial arts seminar at the Karate Kaikan in Okinawa, Japan. Sponsored by Terry Wingrove, and organized by James Pankiewicz of Challenge Okinawa, students were introduced to a range of techniques from different styles of Okinawan karate. Guest instructors included TERRY WINGROVE – 9th dan Karate Jutsu, ISAO YAGI – 9th dan Motobu-ryu Ryukyu Bujutsu Moudi, YOSHIO KUBA – 10th dan Goju-ryu karate, and TETSUHIRO HOKAMA – 10th dan Gojuryu Karatedo

Please enjoy the highlights video below.


Sample Seminar Event 2

Our Yuimaru Hakken seminar in Okinawa in 2019 received very positive reviews from all 18 attendees who came in from countries as diverse as Canada, the USA, Singapore, Finland, India, China and Germany. Ability and experience levels ranged from a few years to decades of experience and teachers in their own dojos but all said they benefited enormously and took much away to enhance their practice and to pass on to their students. Okinawan instructors included Nakasone Koichi sensei (Shuri-te), Gaja Takehiro sensei (Uechi-ryu), and Yagi Isao sensei (Moide Motobu-ryu).

We organised a full 15 day package of seminars with 5 different teachers, accommodation in 4 beautiful locations around the island, transportation from hotel to seminar venue and day trips too, special meal events and outdoor activities. 

Please enjoy the highlights video below.

Yuimaru Hakken Karate Seminar 2020 - click image for event page
Yuimaru Hakken Karate Seminar 2020 – sample event

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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Okinawa Karate Life – Arakaki Dojo


Okinawa Karate Life : Dojo Report

We took our new clothing range along to our karate dojo to give the members a chance to try on our new designs and give us their first impressions. And they loved it!

The Arakaki Dojo is Ozato, Okinawa is lead by Arakaki Toshimitsu sensei, 10th dan hanshi in Matsubayashiryu karate. I was very lucky to meet Arakaki sensei on an early visit to Okinawa years ago and have been training with him since. He’s a stylish gentleman and I knew he would like our new designs. But which one would he choose? Well he went for the red ‘FIGHTO, FIGHTO’ tshirt straight away. He loved the strong colour and fun design with the karate shisa figures. Red is definitely his colour. Am I going to get that t-shirt back again from him? I don’t think so!

Kinjo san went for the Karate Island shirt straightaway. He is always well dressed in a kariyushi shirt of some kind, a versatile and comfortable shirt hugely popular in Okinawa now. I can see him wearing that shirt for both work and play. He noticed the finer elements of the design such as the flying dragons and the karateka figures and asked if he could buy one right there and then.

Our new ‘Karate Baka’ hoodie was a big hit with the younger dojo members. Slipped on easily over their dogi jacket and comfortably worn immediately, they took to the hoodies and didn’t really want to take them off again. The ‘karate baka’ design raised some smiles when I explained that in Japanese although the word ‘baka’ by itself means ‘idiot’ the combined phrase ‘karate baka’ means ‘crazy about karate’ i.e. a huge karate fan. I think a lot of ‘karate baka’ are going to like this hoodie design.

So first impressions from the Arakaki Dojo were fantastic. Everyone loved the clothing, they all found something they loved. So much so that getting the sample clothing back again was a fight (a friendly fight, of course;) So thank you to Arakaki Sensei and the Arakaki Dojo members for modelling our new Karate Life range and giving us your feedback. Your orders will be arriving soon!


今回、新商品を普段一緒に稽古する仲間に紹介しました。沖縄空手をテーマにした商品を彼らは気に入ってくれるかどうかとてもドキドキしながら向かいました。新垣道場の館長は、新垣としみつ先生(10段)で道場は大里村にあります。私が沖縄に来てすぐ彼に出会うことができたのはとても幸運なことだったと今でも実感します。彼はとても紳士的でお洒落に敏感です。そんな彼がすぐに手に取ったのは「FIGHTO, FIGHTO」 Tシャツでした。力強い赤色は彼が最も好きな色です。空手シーサーの元気なデザインとTシャツのカラーがとても良いとおっしゃっていました。師匠に新商品を気に入ってもらえた事がとても嬉しかったです。今回のお礼として彼に、このTシャツを差し上げました。


空手愛好家の文字がプリントされたパーカーは、若い道場メンバーにとても人気が高く、簡単に脱ぎ着できるこのタイプのアウターは色んな場所で重宝する為、とても気に入ってくれました。パーカーを試着したメンバーは、返したくなさそうでした。また、プリントされている「Karate Baka」の意味を説明すると、道場内は笑いに包まれました。”We are crazy about Karate.” (空手バカ)の集まる道場にぴったりな商品だとみんなで納得しました。