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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 have been unable to make an ideal practice in my training for four or five years. I consulted with my mental coach about how I will overcome it. I have made an effort with the team,” she said.

“There...

 

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...

Big smiles after tough challenge at Miyakojima triathlon award ceremony

Big smiles after tough challenge at Miyakojima triathlon award ceremony

April 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyakojima – The 33rd All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima (co-hosted by Miakojima City and Ryukyu Shimpo) held its award ceremony April 24 at the JTA Dome Miyakojima. The ceremony featured first time champion Cameron Brown (New Zealand) and women’s race champion...

Okinawa International Karate Tournament to be held in August 2018, hosting up to 6,000 participants from other prefectures and abroad

Okinawa International Karate Tournament to be held in August 2018, hosting up to 6,000 participants from other prefectures and abroad

April 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa International Karate Tournament executive committee, which plans to host the 1st Okinawa International Karate Tournament in August 2018, held its second general meeting in Naha City on April 19.
The tournament will be held in kata category’s...

Dawn of new era of Okinawa Karate, celebrated by 700 people with opening of new facility

Dawn of new era of Okinawa Karate, celebrated by 700 people with opening of new facility

March 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
Hailed as the home of karate in Okinawa, the birthplace of karate, The Okinawa Karate Kaikan opened March 4 at the Tomigusuku Castle Ruins Park in Tomigusuku. Around 700 people including members of the karate community from both Japan and abroad, and people from...

Okinawa Karatekaikan, new sacred place for Karate practitioners

Okinawa Karatekaikan, new sacred place for Karate practitioners

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...

Irish national Frazer and Akita resident Suzuki win 25th Okinawa Marathon

Irish national Frazer and Akita resident Suzuki win 25th Okinawa Marathon

February 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On February 19 in the morning 35-year-old Irish national Thomas Frazer, who currently lives in Uruma City, won the men’s division of the full marathon with a time of 2 hours 27 minutes and 9 seconds. Thirty-two-year-old Eri Suzuki from Akita...

Karate Kaikan due to open next month

Karate Kaikan due to open next month

February 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports in Okinawa announced the schedule of events for the opening of Okinawa Karate Kaikan on February 16. The kaikan will be open on March 4 in Tomigusuku City. There will be an inauguration ceremony and symposium on...

Okinawa Plans 40 country, 700 participant International Karate Tournament for the summer of 2018

Okinawa Plans 40 country, 700 participant International Karate Tournament for the summer of 2018

January 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 1st Okinawa International Karate Tournament will be held in August of 2018 to both solidify Okinawa’s status as the birthplace of Karate, and also to give practitioners and enthusiasts a place to interact. Related to the commemoration of the opening of the...

Physically challenged karate champion and the two masters behind her success

Physically challenged karate champion and the two masters behind her success

November 25, 2016 Wakana Hanmine of Ryukyu Shimpo

An unexpected bond between three generations of masters and an apprentice has resulted in a karate champion. Aika Arakaki is a 23-year-old who is deaf and practices karate while working at a confectionery factory in Naha. In October, she won...

Japan wins the Men’s Team Kata at the Karate World Championships

October 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryo Kiyuna, Arata Kinjo, and Takuya Uemura from Ryueiryu-Ryuhoukai defeated France 5-0 in the championship round of the team Kata to win the first gold medal for Japan since two competitions ago on October 30, the final day of the Karate World Championships held...

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