3973-Person Karate demonstration breaks Guinness World Record at anniversary festival on Kokusai Street

3973-Person Karate demonstration breaks Guinness World Record at anniversary festival on Kokusai Street

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October 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Karate Guinness World Record was attempted at the “Karate Day Anniversary Demonstration Festival,” on Kokusai Street in Naha, October 23. A simultaneous demonstration of 3973 people was formally recognized by adjudicators, setting a new Guinness World Record. Governor Takeshi Onaga accepted the certificate from the Guinness Book judge.

Kokusai Street was closed to traffic from the Bunka Tenbusu Hall in Makishi to Kumoji, with fans lining the streets in the direction of Asato. Then, just after 3:30 in the afternoon, the practitioners performed “Fukyu-kata 1” in unison.

Around 4,500 people participated in the demonstration. There were 100 judges closely observing the demonstration, and they subtracted any participants who disqualified before calculating the number of successful performers.

2 and a half hours later, on a stage erected in front of the Bunka Tenbusu Hall at the head of the demonstration line, Guinness Adjudicator Justin Patterson announced, “Congratulations on setting a new World Record,” to the cheers and applause from both participants and audience members.

The Guinness Book titled the record the “simultaneous karate demonstration with the largest number of participants.” The previous record was set in August, 2013 in India, with 809 participants.

(English translation by TC&T and Sam Grieb)

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