WMKA NEWS INDEX
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November 15, 2013: First Canadian Seminar With Sensei Frank Baehr
October 12, 2013: Karate-Do Seminars from Overseas in Okinawa
Septermber 21. 2013: The Memorial Karate-Do Seminar and Exchange Demonstration 2#The Funeral Karate-Do Seminar and Exchange Demonstration 2014 014 for Soke Takayoshi Nagamine in Okinawa
September 7, 2013: News from Okinawa
July 21,2013: News from Okinawa
July 20, 2013: 2nd Annual Soke Takayoshi Nagamine Memorial Weekend
June 1, 2013: Yasuharu Makishi, Hanshi 10th Dan
March 1, 2013: Dojo Owner LIsting and License Renewal
November 30, 2012: Message from President Yoshitaka Taira
November 18, 2012: Official Karate Magaize Article About Soke Nagamine
October 4, 2012: Walter Rowden
July 12, 2012: Second Annoucement From Okinawa Headquarters
July 20, 2012: Announcement of New Executive Members of Okinawa Headquarters
2011 Seminars with Soke T. Nagamine
November, 2010: 75th Anniversary Festival of Matsubayashi-Ryu in Naha, Okinawa
News Post: November 15, 2013
First Canadian Seminar With Sensei Frank Baehr
Date: November 22 and 23, 2013
Location: Anshin Dojo Mississauga, Canada
Contact: Sensei Trombley (905) 277-4902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Karate-Do Seminars Overseas from Okinawa
1. Karate-Do Seminar with Hanshi Toshimitsu Arakaki 10th dan in Australia
Arakaki sensei will be teaching a karate-do seminar in Harrington Australia from October 26 to 30 (five-days) at both Mr. John Carlyle and Mr. Reece Cummings’ Dojos. This will be his first karate-do seminar given overseas, but the second from Okinawa headquarters since the passing away of Soke T. Nagamine (refer to Shinjo sensei's Ireland visit below). Arakaki sensei will leave Okinawa on October 25th and come back on 31st.
If you need more detailed information about the seminar, you can contact both Dojo Owners in Australia.
2. Karate-Do seminar with Hanshi Kiyoshi Shinjo 9th dan in Ireland
Shinjo sensei also taught a karate-do seminar at Mr. Martin O’Malley’s Dojo in Ireland from August 11 to 15th (five-days). It was the first karate-do seminar for him and for Okinawa Headquarters since the passing away of Soke Takayoshi Nagamine in April last year. The seminar was sponsored by Mr. O’Malley, was successfully completed by Shinjo sensei and everyone was satisfied the outcome of the seminar.
If you need more detail information about the seminar, you can contact with Mr. Martin O’Malley in Ireland.
3. Official procedure to invite teachers from Okinawa.
If you want to invite a teacher from Okinawa, please submit a letter to President Yoshitaka Taira stating your draft schedule of the seminar. As we are now working on the “Memorial Karate-Do Seminar and Exchange Demonstration 2014 for Soke Takayoshi Nagamine in Okinawa”. We may not be able to grant your request but will discuss it and send you back our decision including future consideration.
4. Official procedure to visit Okinawa for karate practice.
We always welcome you and want to host your karate practice in Okinawa based on your schedule. But we always need a letter from you addressed to President Yoshitaka Taira about your schedule. Even if your students want to visit Okinawa only by themselves, we still need you to send an introduction letter for your students.
Thank you very much. We are always expecting your karate trips to Okinawa.
President Yoshitaka Taira
World Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do Association
for Soke Takayoshi Nagamine in Okinawa”
Dear WMKA members,
It has been a year and a half since the passing away of Soke Takayoshi Nagamine last year. No one or anything can fill his vacancy and we are still in mourning for his loss. But we have to move forward to admire his honor and legacy.
Though the Okinawa headquarters had been halted after passing away of Soke, we were able to restart with your support and cooperation. Unfortunately, we had postponed Soke’s original schedule of “ World Matsubayashi-Ryu karate-Do Seminar 2013 in Okinawa . However, we have decided to open “The Memorial Karate-Do Seminar and Exchange Demonstration 2014 for Soke Takayoshi Nagamine in Okinawa”.
The venues will be at the "Rensei Dojo" inside the Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts where we held the Karate-Do Seminar during
“ The Ceremony of the 75th Foundation Anniversary of World Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do & the 13th Memorial Karate-Do Demonstration for Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine” in November 2010.
Please refer to the tentative schedule below and contents of the events in this announcement.
We will post the final schedule and the contents of the events later, because we can only reserve the venues after December 1, 2013. However, it is decided to open the events during first week in November 2014 .
The Tentative schedule of the events are :
1. Title of the Event: “The Memorial Karate-Do Seminar and Exchange Demonstration 2014 for Soke Takayoshi Nagamine in Okinawa”.
2. Date and Contents of the Events : From October 31st to November 2nd ( 3-Day Seminar)
October 31 (Fri)
10:00 to 16:00
17:00 to 19:00
Dojo Owners Meeting
November 1 (Sat)
10:00 to 16:00
November 2 (Sun)
09:00 to 12:00
Dan Promotion Test
14:00 to 17: 00
18:00 to 21:00
3. Venues : Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts / Rensei Dojo 2nd Floor
We sincerely expect that all WMKA members will be aware of the events and consider your schedule next year for coming to Okinawa in November 2014.
We give our best regards from Okinawa to everyone around the world wherever you live.
President Yoshitaka Taira
World Matsubayashi-Ryu karare-Do Association
First, we want to thank for your support and cooperation in remaining and working together for the present and the future of the WMKA. As you all know, the WMKA Dojo Owner License is not a permanent license. You must renew it every year based on the Dojo Owner Agreement. If you don't renew it, you will lose your license.
The current Dojo Owners respect and follow the teaching of Soke and value the Traditional Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do without any modification and are passing it down to future generations.
I am sure you have noticed that the Dojo Owners are listed on the WMKA Website Dojo pages starting with Australia, and followed by New Zealand, Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain, Ireland and the United States of America. The Okinawan dojo owners are shown as well. These are the Dojo Owners who have received a Dojo Owner Licence issued by President Yoshitaka Taira after the passing away of Soko Nagamine on April 25, 2012.
WMKA authorized dojo owners are only those whose photos are shown on this website's dojo pages according to country or state. Please refer to the WMKA Dojo listing pages on this website for detailed information about each authorized Dojo Owner.
Riki Nomura from Okinawa
It has been more than one year since the passing away of Soke Takayoshi Nagamine on April 25, 2012. We know you all miss Soke Takayoshi Nagamine together with his vigorous loud voice and his childlike smile. Nobody and nothing can fill his vacancy. Althought we have to mourn for Soke Takayoshi Nagamine for many more years we must continue to work hard and spread his legacy around the world without him. Soke might say “Hi guys- why are you so quiet ? Are you sleeping ? Wake up and move on forwards !”
I think you have all done a great job and it would have made Soke very happy. This is because all previous dojo owners except two (one left and the other we were unable to contact due a mailing address change) remain in WMKA. We also have five new dojo owners of which four are current WMKA members and one is a new member.
I think Soke would say in his supernatural spiritual body: “ Thank you everybody. I am glad you didn’t forget me. Show me you can do without me !”. Since you can’t hear from Soke, nor have much news from Okinawa, I want to post miscellaneous news from Okinawa once in a while as the overseas manager. It may not be big news, but I hope you will get some information about Okinawa.
Dan Promotion Test on May 31, 2013.
We had a Dan promotion test at the Nagamine Dojo. Usually we have dan promotion tests twice a year in May and in November. Everyone used to be tested by six teachers and Soke was at the center of them. However, after the passing away of Soke the test was conducted by the five teachers on the picture. Although you all can recognize where it is and the five teachers in the picture, I will explain a little about the pictures. I will also list the names of the teachers on behalf of those WMKA members who may have not have had the chance to come to Okinawa and meet them.
Left side picture: Nagamine Karate Dojo, the birth place of the WMKA. You can see the Grand Master 1st Soke Shoshin Nagamine with “心其正先First purify your mind and手先無手空There is no first attack in karate” on both sides on the front wall.
Right side picture: Mr. Hidenobu Higa hanshi 9th Dan, Mr. Iwao Tome Hanshi 9th Dan & Chairman of the board, President Yoshitaka Taira Hanshi 10th Dan, Vice president Toshimitsu Arakaki Hanshi 10th Dan and Mr. Kyoshi Shinjo Hanshi 9th Dan.
Left picture: Seven students that took the Dan promotion test under five teachers:
For First Dan; Ms.Arakaki, Ms.Tomori, Ms.Ohshiro& Mr.Makish( Okinawa);For 2nd Dan; Mr. O’Neil (Ireland); For 3rd Dan;Mr. O’Malley(Ireland); For 4th Dan; Mr. Okuma (Okinawa).
Right picture:Mr. Martin O’Malley 3rd Dan and Mr.Michael O’Neill 2nd Dan were the first to take a Dan promotion test in Okinawa after Soke’s Passing away in April,2012. They practiced karate at the Taira Dojo, the Nagamine Dojo, and the Arakaki dojo before their dan promotion test. Though everybody had some technical and philosophical advice from all teachers, they all passed the promotion test.
1. The 9th Karate-Do seminar in Hamamatsu Shizuoka Japan from April 12 to 15.
President Taira was invited to teach the 9th Karate-Do Seminar hosted by WMKA Tokai district. It was the first time president Taira taught them in mainland Japan. Soke had handled the 1st thru 8th seminars previously given and they said he had enjoyed it very much. As there were many women and children, Ms Mayumi Horikawa 5th was together with president Taira. I went there not because of the seminar, but because of the affiliated meeting and my role as overseas manager. The seminar was successfully conducted and every one was satisfied with the result. .
Above picture: There were more than forty participants at seminar on both April 13th and 14th , 2013. They want to host the seminar in every other year in Hamamatsu Shizuoka prefecture, Japan.
Left picture: Mr. Masaaki Kohagura kyoshi 8th Dan, president Yoshitaka Taira hanshi 10th Dan, Mr. Kunbi Rin kyoshi 8th Dan.
Right picture: President Taira teaching Sai at the seminar.
2. President Taira visited Argentina in December 2012 , his 3rd trip to South America.
President Taira was invited by Mr. Shigehide Akamine kyoshi 8th Dan in Argentina together with two masters, one from another Shorin-ryu school and the other from the Uechi-ryu school. Both come from one of the four major Karate school (Ryuha) in Okinawa. They organized “The Argentina Okinawa Karate Kobudo Association” and Mr. Akamine is the president of the organization. The three Okinawan karate masters were invited to the opening ceremony & karate tournament which also included a karate-do seminar. They all presented their Karate demonstration and impressed the audience. The participants were from seven countries: Brazil,Cuba,USA, Chili, Uruguay, France & Argentina.
There are 24-Dojos under Mr. Akamine kyoshi 8th Dan. In addition to the main headquarters there are also 16 dojos in Argentina, 6 dojos in Uruguay, one dojo in Brazil and one dojo in Chili based according to our local Okinawa newspaper.
3. Karate trips to Okinawa from January to June in 2013.
Below is a list of people who visited Okinawa from January thru June 2013 to practice Karate. Some I met, but others I didn’t meet.
January & February: Mr. Yasuyuki Mizushima 4th Dan in January and Mr. Katsuhiro Tsukamoto Renshi 6th Dan in February came to Okinawa and practiced karate under Mr. Kiyoshi Shinjo Hanshi 9th Dan at Nagamine Dojo. Both of them are from the WMKA Tokai district of mainland Japan.
February: We hosted Karate practitioners that visited from Argentina. They stayed in Okinawa from February 4th to the 21st and practiced at both the Taira Dojo and the Nagamine Dojo.
They were: Mr. Seiko Arakaki, 7th Dan and his disciples: Morihiro Arakaki, 5th Dan,Gerardo Miyasiro, 4th.Dan, Edgardo García Espina 4th. Dan, Martín López Moreno, 2nd. Dan & Darío Marcelo Ernst, 1st. Kyu.
Left picture:Mr. Seiko Arakaki Kyoshi 7th Dan, President Yoshitaka Taira Hanshi 10th Dan, Mr.Nobuhide Higa Hanshi 9th Dan and students from Argentia together with Mr. Manabu Higa Renshi 6th Dan of the Taira Dojo.
Right picture:They are learning Bo-kata from both president and Higa sensei at Taira Dojo.
From April to May: We hosted four groups from Australia/Canada /USA/ Ireland.
Left: Mr. Reece Cummings 3rd Dan and Mr. Dave McHugh 1st Dan from Australia practiced Karate at Arakaki Dojo under vice president Toshimitsu Arakaki Hanshi 10th dan from April 22 to May 4th
Right: From right to left: Mr. Steve Trombley Kyoshi 7th Dan, Ms.Louise Power 5th Dan, Ms. Marianne Matchuk 4th Dan from Canada practiced under Mr. Masao Shinzato Kyoshi 8th Dan (center) at Shinzato Dojo. They were in Okinawa from May 4th to 20th and practiced karate at six different dojos: Taira dojo, Arakaki dojo, Tome dojo, Shinzato dojo, Miyagi dojo and the Nagamine Dojo. The young boy in back row is originally from Canada. His father is a Canadian & his mother is an Okinawan. They moved to Okinawa when he was a child and so he is bilingual, of course. He doesn’t commute to the English operated American school in Okinawa. Instead, he goes to Okinawan Local public school. He is in 11th grade in senior high school and passed 1st Dan test last November. We don’t know if his family will live in Okinawa or go back to Canada in future.
In May: Mr. Scott Schnell from Iowa practiced karate at the Arakaki Dojo for a few days.
From May to June: Ms. Lara Chambelain Renshi 6th Dan and Ms. Karen Chamberlain 4th Dan were in Okinawa for about two weeks. They practiced karate twice, one time each at the Nagamine dojo and the Makishi dojo. They spent most of their time with Makishi sensei’s family, visiting family and hospital to see Makishi sensei. Very sadly, Makishi sensei passed away on May 31, 2013 as you know from seeing the WMKA Website News page. They were with Makishi sensei’s family at the hospital, wake at home, cremation, funeral and burial service. Makishi sensei joined his ancestor tomb peacefully. Not only on behalf of the bereaved Makishi family, but we are also very appreciate for their concern of Master Yasuharu Makishi Hanshi 10th Dan himself.
We join our hands together for Makishi Sensei’s soul !
4. Karate trips planned to Okinawa from August to December 2013.
The following is a list of the people who have emailed me that they will visit Okinawa within this year. Some have already fixed their schedule, others are still adjusting their schedule.
1) Mr. Craig Gould 2nd Dan, student of Mr. Lawrence Uemura Renshi 6th Dan in Hawaii
2) Mr. Gerard Cappiello Renshi 6th Dan in New York
3) Mr. Scott Mastin Renshi 6th Dan in Ohio
4) Mr. Steve Will 5th Dan in New Jersey
5) Mr. Ole-Bjorn Tuftedal Renshi 6th Dan in Norway
6) Mr. Martin O’Malley 3rd Dan and his students in Ireland
7) Mr.Kevin Plaisted Kyoshi 7th Dan and his students in New Zealand
8) Others want to visit Okinawa but are not sure as of today and will inform me if they can arrange their schedule. Please let me know if I am missing your names.
5. The visitors from overseas from May to December in 2012.
Below, I have also listed the names of those who visited Okinawa last year. Some came because of the passing away of Soke, others came because they promised Soke they would visit Okinawa in 2012. These were:
1) Mr. Fred Christian Kyoshi 8th Dan & Mr. Robert Seibert Kyoshi 7th Dan from Illinos USA.
2) Mr. Steve Trombley Kyoshi 7th Dan from Canada
3) Mr. Martin O’Malley 3rd Dan from Ireland
4) Mr. Lawrence Uemura Renshi 6th Dan from Hawaii USA
5) Mr. Reece Cummings 3rd Dan frm Australia
6) Mr. Scott Schnell 3rd Dan & his friend from Iowa USA
7) Mr. Yaroslav Komarrovski from Nebraska USA
8) Mr. Kevin Plaisted Kyoshi 7th Dan & his two students from New Zealand
9) Mr. Anthony Gibson 2nd dan from Canada
10) Mr. Kelley Wasyaker? from Missouri USA
11) Mr. Ole-Bjorn Tuftedal Renshi 6th Dan from Norway
12) Mr. Martin O’Malley 2nd Dan, Mr.Anthony Whelan 3rd Dan and Mr.Michael O’Neil 1st Dan from Ireland
13) Mr. John Carlyle 5th Dan from Australia.
6. Message from Okinawa concerning the Karate practice in Okinawa.
(1) We here in Okinawa will support and cooperate with all WMKA dojo owners around the world so that they can improve their karate technically and philosophically. Therefore, we will welcome and host everyone who comes to Okinawa to practice karate based on their schedule. However, we can’t stand-by for your sudden and unannounced request. We need your karate trip schedule ahead of time so that we can prepare for you. As you all have a contract with president Taira, you should contact him first, either by direct contact or through me. The sooner the better, so you don’t need to re-adjust your schedule.
(2) We want to know your desired karate practice schedule such as how many times a day or per week. There are two types of karate practice requests. One group wants to practice twice a day six days a week. The other group wants to practice once a day six days a week. We need to know how you want to practice beforehand.
This is a first news from Okinawa but I will do my best to continue it.
We send our best regards to all of you around the world!
Riki Nomura, Overseas Manager WMKA
News Post: July 20, 2013
(As approved by WMKA President Yoshitaka Taira)
A very successful weekend of Matsubayashi –Ryu Karate in honor of Soke Nagamine— about 75 attended over 3 days.
Please click on the following link to see the newspaper article and video coverage of the event:
Yasuharu Makishi, Hanshi 10th Dan
WMKA Website Dojo Owner Listing and Licence Renewal
Dear all WMKA and EMKA members,
I hope all of you are having success and happiness in your daily lives as well as in your karate life wherever you live.
It is close to one year since the passing away of Soke Takayoshi Nagamine on April 25, 2012. It caused great shock and sorrow for all members around the world. Especially, here at Okinawa Headquarters all was completely halted for more than four months. We resumed our office work at the end of August and it is getting better because of your support and cooperation. We have to mourn for Soke Takayoshi Nagamine for many more years. We also have to resume the continuation and preservation of his legacy and the WMKA & EMKA established by both Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine and spread by Soke Takayoshi Nagamine around the world.
Although it is a hard decision, we have to renew the WMKA website Dojo Owner List based on the procedure of the Dojo Owner Agreement. We want to complete the renewal of the WMKA website Dojo Owner list by April 25th, 2013, the one year anniversary of Soke’s passing away last year.
I need your full cooperation based on the status as below;
1. Dojo Owners who have already renewed or still have effective Dojo Owner Licenses: Please mail or email your Dojo information to WMKA website administrator Mr. Fred Schlesinger email@example.com in Rio Rancho, New Mexico with your photograph by March 31, 2013. Even if you don’t need to change the existing contents of your Dojo information, I still want you to mail or email him “ Please keep the existing contents of my Dojo information as it is” with your photograph attached if you don’t have it now. We want your photograph which helps us a lot to know you better.
2. Dojo Owners who haven’t renewed your Dojo Owner Licenses: Unfortunately, we still have some Dojo Owners who haven’t renewed their Dojo Owner License. We sincerely wish that you remain and work for the future of the WMKA & EMKA together. We will be waiting for your Dojo Owner License renewal request soon.
We send everyone all around the world our best regards from Okinawa.
President Yoshitaka Taira
World Matsubayashi-Ryu karate-Do Association
News Post: November 30, 2012
Message from President Yoshitaka Taira
November 23, 2012
Dear all WMKA and EMKA members:
Honoring Soke Takayoshi Nagamine and his Legacy
Most of you have already enjoyed and been impressed by the Magazine article of Soke Takayoshi Nagamine on Official Karate Website. The magazine article is a successful co-product of all WMKA & EMKA members around the world. As you can see, the magazine article was coedited by both Mr. Des Chaskelson and Mr. Reece Cummings together with many Dojo Owners and members who contributed their tribute quotes to Soke. I want to express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart to everyone who worked on the magazine article.
The magazine article was first proposed by Mr. Des Chaskelson. He wrote to us that one of the US karate magazines, Official Karate, was interested in an article about traditional karate rather than sports martial arts and wants to publish a tribute article about Soke on their fall edition. He emphasized it is a perfect fit with Soke and what Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do is.
In his letter, he asked us two questions and we answered as below:
1. Permission from Okinawa headquarters and quotes from Okinawa about the article.
2. Permission to invite many Dojo Owners in WMKA and EMKA to work on the article.
Of course, we agreed on both of them and only one quote from Okinawa, my statement to WMKA and EMKA in the article. We discussed and decided we should focus on Soke’s activities in overseas where he dedicated so much of his Karate life.
We are very glad and proud to see the Magazine article about Soke in the worldwide Official Karate. We are not the only ones to know Soke’s virtue and value as a great Karate Master. The article shows Worldwide Karate society recognized him as one of the most prominent Karate Master in the world.
A man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows. Soke was a great pioneer and his open minded character perfectly fitted to the overseas society. He planted many Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do seeds around the world starting from Cincinnati Ohio USA in 1960’s. And as of 2012, there are many trees, some big and some are still growing, throughout the world. Each tree will become a grove to forest and then to mountains in the future.
I pray for you the best in your everyday and Karate life where you live.
President Yoshitaka Taira
World Matsubayashi-Ryu karate-Do Association
Official Karate Magazine Fall Issue
Article about Soke Takayoshi Nagamine
Magazine with photos at: http://issuu.com/officialkaratemag/docs/ok.fall.2012b
Full article with quotes from WMKA members at: http://www.officialkaratemag.com/386-2
Walter E. Rowden, 8th Dan Kyoshi, age 76, of Belleville died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Funeral service 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial at Smithton City Cemetery, Smithton. George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on October 4, 2012
July 11, 2012
To all World Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do Association Dojo Owners: Announcement from Okinawa Headquarters (2)
Please enter the secure page and click on the link to the new "Dojo Owner's News Page" for a very important announcement
Announcement of New Executive Members of Okinawa Headquarters
(As authorized by Sensei Fred Christian, 8th Dan, Kyoshi)
June 20, 2012
To all World Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do Association Members
Announcement of New Executive Members of Okinawa Headquarters
Dear all WMKA members,
I am sure all members are healthy and pursuing karate practice in your own countries.
We all remember as if it was just yesterday that the 2nd Soke Takayoshi Nagamone’s Unbelievable Passing Away on April 25,2012. He was about to leave for Norway and Germany on May 7th, Canada and USA in July and Ireland in August. Soke Nagamine enthusiastically talked and was actively working for World Karate-do Seminar in Okinawa starting from November 3, 2013. We are still shocked and hardly believe of Soke’s sudden passing away.
We discussed within all board member meeting what the best way to succeed and preserve the Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do for future generation. We unanimously decided to adapt Association President System instead of Soke System on General
Conference on June 9,2012. The new executive Members such as President ,Vice president ,Chairman of board…etc. will be listed on this letter.
I think it is our obligation to 1st Soke Shoshin Nagamine and 2nd Soke Takayoshi Nagamine to Discipline 18 Kata and 7 Yakusoku Kumite Correctly together with Spiritual Essence of Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do and pass down to younger generation. Under the present difficult situation, I ask you all World Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do members to stand up together and cooperate to overcome many problems ahead and proceed to bright future of WMKA and EMKA.
The new executive members are as follow.
1. President : Yoshitaka Taira ( Hanshi 10th –Dan)
2. Vice President : Toshimitsu Arakaki (Hanshi 10th _ Dan)
3. Chairman of Board : Iwao Tome (Hanshi 9th _ Dan)
4. Overseas Manager : Riki Nomura ( 3rd –Dan)
5. Secretary : Masato Nagamine (5th –Dan)
6. Accountant : Mayumi Horikawa (5th –Dan)
President Yoshitaka Taira
World Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do Association
Re m a r k s
1. Every members of WMKA can contact President Yoshitaka Taira directly.
But if it is in English, it is preferable to post or E-mail to P.O.C. Mr. Riki Nomura.
He will study them and report to the President.
2. We are still discussing what is the best way to cooperate with overseas members.
You can keep the agreement you have with Soke for now, but please hold any payment until we contact you later.
This will be the end of announcement. Thank you very much.
I wish you the best in your karate practice and in everyday life !
In memory of
Soke Takayoshi Nagamine
10th Dan Hanshisei
August 12, 1945-April 25, 2012
SOKE TAKAYOSHI NAGAMINE
10TH DAN HANSHISEI
Saturday, October 8, 2011
July 8-9, 2011
MIDWEST (OHIO) SEMINAR (USA)
Saturday July 16, 2011
Click here for full page seminar recap by Sensei Scott Mastin
Friday July 29 and Saturday July 30, 2011
About 75 students of all ages, from all over Florida as well as Minnesota, New Jersey , Ohio, Texas , Puerto Rico and Panama, showed up for the four day event conducted by Soke Nagamine at the Cocoa Beach Health & Fitness location. The four day event consisted of several 3 hour classes, followed by a half day seminar on Saturday. Ten students were tested for varying levels of black belt on Thursday and Friday night. Soke paid special attention to warmups, basics and foundation drills (Junbi Undo, Kihon Undo & Kiso Tanren), as well as spending some time on kata bunkai.
November 3-6, 2010 Naha,Okinawa
75th Anniversary Festival of Matsubayashi-Ryu
and the Original Honbu Dojo
13th Anniversary Tribute to
Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine's Passing
The ceremonial celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do and the 13th Memorial Karate-Do demonstration for the late Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine was a large and exciting event. The event was attended by dojo owners and students from all over the world. Attendees included participants from Spain, Norway, England, Ireland, Germany, Okinawa, Japan (mainland), New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Canada and the USA.
Many participants attended classes at the Honbu Dojo prior to the main events, and, at times, the Honbu was quite packed with students. On Wednesday afternoon, November 3, 2010, a Dan grading was given at the Honbu with a panel of high ranking judges from several countries. Many were promoted to ranks ranging from Shodan to Hachidan levels.
Judges At Honbu Dojo: Dan Grading
It is estimated that over two hundred Matsubayashi-Ryu practitioners attended the seminar hosted by Soke Nagamine at the government Budokan building. On Thursday, November 4th and Friday, November 5th, the seminar at the Budokan included Kata Ura Waza, Kata review, Yakusoku Kumite and various kata techniques requiring throws and mat work. Many of the senior sensei were involved in making corrections to the very large number of participants. Bento box lunches and beverages were provided to attendees.
|Seminar Training At The Budokan||Soke Demonstrating Kata Ura Waza||Budokan Training|
The finale of the event occurred Saturday afternoon at the Pacific Hotel in Naha. Various guest dignitaries, as well as Soke Nagamine, Hanshi-Sei, and Yoshitaka Taira, Hanshi, spoke in honor of the late Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine and in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do. This was followed by a large demonstration of Matsubayashi-Ryu kata and weapons by dojos spanning the globe. After the demonstration, the seating was cleared and a grand dinner consisting of delicious dishes and beverages, including Awamori (Okinawan Sake), was served to cap the celebration.
|Soke Addressing The Audience||
Dedication: Yoshitaka Taira Hanshi Speaking, Dojo Owners
The event provided a great opportunity for attendees to renew old friendships and meet other Matsubayashi-Ryu practioners from around the world. Attendees also had the opportunity to enjoy evening social events together, shop locally in Naha and visit various sites around the island.
United together under the great banner of World Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do Association, training with each other and visiting old friends while forging bonds with new ones, the event was a great success and fun for all who attended.
Taira Sensei Demonstrating Kusanku