I will be hosting my teacher, Yoshimura sensei, in Vancouver May 25 to May 28 for a seminar in Ryukyu Kobudo. Sensei was student of Minowa Katsuhiko sensei for 25 years and is the head of the Ryukyu Kobudo Shinko Kai (you can find out more about Minowa sensei and Yoshimura sensei here). Details about the seminar and the application form can be found HERE. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or inquiries about the seminar.
A recent article from the Okinawa Times which may be of interest to readers.
The first international tournament for Okinawa style karate is scheduled for August, and expectations are growing that the martial art will become even more popular at home and abroad.
A future vision for the martial art, crafted by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, local karate organizations and the business circle, presents aspirations for the style over a 20-year time scale based from the hopes of local people, and proposes a range of possible measures to be taken to improve its preservation and promotion.
Remember in the early 1990s when listserv was a new and exciting way to interact and exchange information on Karate-do. I remember logging in on my old modem in front of my giant green lit monitor and looking forward to reading what other like-minded people had written. Then came online groups like Egroups in the late 1990s and then blogs in the early 2000s. Although there was disagreement, in both of these platforms there was a sense of community. All of these have been eclipses by social media like Facebook, Instagram, Pintrest and others. Admittedly I tried some of these platforms and came away from them a little shocked and disappointed. Read More
As readers know, I shut this blog down in January because I felt I had nothing more to say. At least that’s how I thought until yesterday. Read More
I’m dating myself when I say that I like the J-pop group Sharam-Q. The group was led by Tsunku who long after the group’s popularity waned went on to become a well-known producer. Sadly, Tsunku saw his singing career come to a complete halt in 2014 when he was diagnosed with throat cancer and failing radiation therapy had his vocal cords removed. He still appears on television from time to time and with the aid of his laptop, still provides lively commentary. Read More