Okinawa Karatekaikan, new sacred place for Karate practitioners

Okinawa Karatekaikan, new sacred place for Karate practitioners

Children karate practitioners practiced at the newly-opened Karatekaikan for the first time in Tomigusuku of Okinawa on March 5


March 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The highly-anticipated inauguration of Okinawa Karatekaikan was held on March 5. With the building open to the public, Karate groups showcased their exercises. Those who visited the building said they were happy to see it completed.

Kazuhiko Shimoji of Shorinryu Kawasaki Do-jo, said, “It is a nice and refreshing building.”

Eleven-year-old Shunto Sueyoshi of Shorinryu Seinshinkan Sakugawa Do-jo, who practices karate two times a week, said, “I would like to get a black belt and go to the Olympics.” After practicing at the new Karatekaikan, Sueyoshi said, “It was really good.”

Sixty-seven-year-old Koji Wada of Mita Karatekai, took part in a Karate exchange performance before the practice. Wada was the champion of the Kumite division in the First World Karate-do Championship. Wada said, “It is an honor for those of us who learned karate from Gichin Funakoshi, known as the ‘Father of Modern Day Karate,’ to take part in the opening of new Karatekaikan.”

Members of the general public looked around the building. Eighty-four-year-old Take Yamashiro who watched the practice, said, “I didn’t expect such a big building. I want Okinawan Karate to be spread from this place.”

(English translation by T&CT) 

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