Lecture by Dr. Gregory Smits

Another very interesting lecture given by Dr. Gregory Smits, author of 'Maritime Ryukyu'. Lecture on…

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An Interview with Derek English

I originally published this post on Derek English sensei five years ago which included an interview conducted by Mike Clark sensei (thank you wherever you are), but I am republishing it to include a wonderful new interview with him on the Invisible Sensei Podcast.

Derek English is a true power-house of Okinawa Budo – proficient in both Goju-ryu Karate-do and Ryukyu Kobudo. I first met Derek in Japan way back in 1995 at a conference we were both attending in Kumamoto prefecture, but it wasn’t until a few years later that I finally caught up with him on Okinawa and was able to train very briefly with him and his teacher Uehara Ko at the latter’s dojo in Naha.

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Okinawa citizens urged to get behind bid to put prefecture’s style of karate on UNESCO map

A recent article from the Okinawa Times which may be of interest to readers.

Okinawa citizens urged to get behind bid to put prefecture’s style of karate on UNESCO map

THE OKINAWA TIMES

MAY 11, 2018
There are growing expectations for Okinawa natives such as Ryo Kiyuna, pictured, who won his sixth-straight men's 'kata' national championship in December, to seize gold in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. | THE OKINAWA TIMES
Ryo Kiyuna, 6-time men’s ‘kata’ national champion

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.

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