Symposium to talk about creating Okinawan karate brand

Symposium to talk about creating Okinawan karate brand

Hiroiwa Miyagi (from left), Seijun Wakugawa and Minoru Nakazato, Hiroshi Irei talked about creating an Okinawan karate brand at Urasoe Industry Promotion Center on March 22.

March 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A symposium to talk about boosting the international profile of Okinawan karate was held at the Urasoe Industry Promotion Center on March 22.

Okinawa Prefectural Government officials and karate instructors talked about promoting Okinawa as the birthplace of traditional karate.

About 100 people involved in karate in the prefecture took part in the symposium.
Seijun Wakugawa of the Okinawa Prefectural Government referred to France, which underscores a national commitment to promoting karate by unifying grading systems. He said, “Okinawa needs to create a strong organization to promote karate.” Wakugawa went on to say, “I want Okinawa to become the place where karate practitioners all around the world come to visit.”

Hiroiwa Miyagai, the head of the Asia Okinawa Economy Research Center said, “We need to strengthen the authority and trust for Okinawan karate in order to create the brand. Okinawa needs to become a sacred place as the origin of various karate styles.”

The head of the Okinawan Karate-do Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Association Minoru Nakazato and the head of Chanmi SKY Project Hiroshi Irei took part as panelists.

(English translation by T&CT)

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