Seven karate masters receive service awards

Seven karate masters receive service awards

On October 23, at Pacific Hotel Okinawa in Naha, (from left in the front) Naonobu Ahagon, Kosuke Yonamine, Minoru Higa, Choko Kiyuna, (from left at the back) Masatsune Chinen, Koei Teruya, and Takeshi Miyagi received the 5th Service Awards for Okinawan Karate and Traditional Martial Arts.


October 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper held the 5th Service Awards Ceremony for Okinawan Karate and Traditional Martial Arts at Pacific Hotel Okinawa in Naha on October 23. Seven people who have contributed to passing on and developing karate received award certificates.

Choko Kiyuna (Shorin-ryu), Minoru Higa (Shorin-ryu), Takeshi Miyagi (Shorin-ryu), Koei Teruya (Goju-ryu), Masatsune Chinen (Goju-ryu), Kosuke Yonamine (Shohei-ryu) and Naonobu Ahagon (traditional martial arts) received awards.
Okinawa Vice Governor Kurayoshi Takara spoke in Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s place, saying, “These seven people have worked hard to pass on karate and traditional martial arts. They have also contributed to nurturing young people and promoting international exchange.”

Representing the recipients, Choko Kiyuna said, “We will strive to pass on karate and traditional martial arts to the next generation and will work hard to honor the award.” The Service Awards Ceremony for Okinawan Karate and Traditional Martial Arts was established in 1993 to mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Ryukyu Shimpo. The company now presents the award every five years, with this year’s ceremony also commemorating the newspaper’s 120th anniversary.

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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