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Yoichi Itokazu wins silver medal at World Weightlifting Championships, heralded as a “salvation for Japan”

Yoichi Itokazu wins silver medal at World Weightlifting Championships, heralded as a “salvation for Japan”

 

December 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Day two of the World Weightlifting Championships was held on November 29 in Anaheim, CA. Yoichi Itokazu 26, who placed fourth at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in the 62 kg class last year, won a silver medal in the total 299 kg category, the snatch 134 kg class and the jerk 165 kg class.

Itokazu is from Okinawa and currently affiliated with the Metropolitan Police Department after graduating from Tomishiro High School and Nihon...

 

Ryo Kiyuna wins 6th straight Emperor’s Cup at Japan Cup Karatedo Championship

Ryo Kiyuna wins 6th straight Emperor’s Cup at Japan Cup Karatedo Championship

 

December 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On the final day of the Japan Cup Karatedo Champsionship at the Nihon Budokan in Tokyo December 10, Ryo Kiyuna (Ryuei Ryu Ryuho-kai) won his sixth-straight Emperor’s Cup, and Kiyou Shimizu (Miki House) won her fifth straight Empress’s...

The “Pride of Okinawa” dominate the Male Team Kata to take the gold at Karate 1 – Series A Okinawa Tournament

The “Pride of Okinawa” dominate the Male Team Kata to take the gold at Karate 1 – Series A Okinawa Tournament

 

November 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Japan Men’s National Team 1 – Ryo Kiyuna, Arata Kinjo, and Takuya Uemura (of the Okinawa Ryuei Ryu Karate Kobudo Organization) went undefeated with five straight victories on the final day of the Karate 1 –Series A Okinawa...

A call to “gather at the birthplace of Karate,” as registration opens for the 1st Okinawa Karate International Tournament

A call to “gather at the birthplace of Karate,” as registration opens for the 1st Okinawa Karate International Tournament

 

November 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Participant registration for the 1st Okinawa Karate International Tournament, which will be held starting August 1, 2018, began on November 1.

Including both the competitions and seminars, the tournament is aiming for between...

Ex-Pro soccer player José Edmílson visits Okinawa to teach Brazilian soccer

Ex-Pro soccer player José Edmílson visits Okinawa to teach Brazilian soccer

 

September 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Retired Pro soccer player José Edmílson Gomes de Moraes, who represented the Brazilian national team at the FIFA World Cup hosted by Japan and South Korea in 2002, landed at Naha Airport the evening of September 20, to teach at...

Okinawa Karate Information Center operating website in multiple languages

Okinawa Karate Information Center operating website in multiple languages

August 20 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa Karate Information Center has started a website in multiple languages.

The center was set up in the Okinawa Karate Hall in Tomigusuku City to make it known both at home and abroad that Okinawa is the birthplace of Karate, and to...

First ever Okinawa Karate International Tournament highly anticipated for next summer

First ever Okinawa Karate International Tournament highly anticipated for next summer

August 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 1 the executive committee for the Okinawa Karate International Tournament held an unveiling ceremony at the Okinawa Prefectural Office for a display counting down the number of days to the first time this tournament will open, which will be on August 1...

Survey conducted by Okinawa Prefecture finds 65% of people outside the island do not identify Okinawa as “The birthplace of Karate” – issues include lack of income and successors

Survey conducted by Okinawa Prefecture finds 65% of people outside the island do not identify Okinawa as “The birthplace of Karate” – issues include lack of income and successors

July 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the first-ever fact finding survey conducted by Okinawa Prefecture with the goal of promoting and passing down traditional Okinawa Karate and Kobudo, it was discovered that outside of Okinawa, 65.5% of people did not know that Okinawa is the birthplace of Karate....

Higa wins world junior golf championship, the first Okinawan winner since Mika Miyazato in 2006

Higa wins world junior golf championship, the first Okinawan winner since Mika Miyazato in 2006

July 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Riona Higa, a 3rd grade student at Kakazu Junior High School, won her first victory at the girls 13-14 year-old division in the IMGA Academy Junior World Championships held in the United States. She played a total 207 of a 9-under-par 72 in the final day held at...

Former No. 1 golfer Ai Miyazato retires, saying she can longer maintain her motivation

May 29, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference held on May 29 at a hotel in Tokyo, former Rolex world No. 1 pro golf player Ai Miyazato, 31, announced she is retiring because her motivation “cannot be maintained”.

She revealed that she decided to retire last summer. “I...

World Boxing Council titleholder Higa of Okinawa bound for Ryukyu Shimpo sports honor award

World Boxing Council titleholder Higa of Okinawa bound for Ryukyu Shimpo sports honor award

May 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan boxer Daigo Higa of Shira Gushiken Sports Gym recently took the World Boxing Council (WBC) Flyweight title. He has inspired many Okinawans, and the Ryukyu Shimpo sports honor award will be bestowed upon him on June 9. A ceremony will be held that evening...

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