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

2019 100 Kobudo Kata Challenge Participation Certificate

Greetings from Okinawa, the home of karate and kobudo. Please use the link below to download this year’s free Participation Certificate for the 100 Kobudo Kata Challenge event. Dojo owners and teachers – please feel free to use this template to award participation certificates to your group. We ask that this free template is used not-for-profit in the spirit of this free participatory event.

This is a PDF document so you will need a PDF Reader application to open, view and print it. This apps are freely available on the web.

Download link – http://challengeokinawa.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Certificate-of-Participation-2019-KOBUDO.pdf

Introducing The Okinawan Karate Nerd Programme (OKNP)

Would you like to experience living and training in 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 2H 2018/early 2019. Click the link below to apply.



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, Asato Dojo 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 2H 2018/early 2019. Click the link below to apply.

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