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Ryo Kiyuna strives for Olympic gold bearing the pride of Okinawan karate and its 200-year-old secrets

Ryo Kiyuna strives for Olympic gold bearing the pride of Okinawan karate and its 200-year-old secrets

January 1, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shun Furukawa

 

Ryuei-ryu karate is one of the origins of karate, incorporating the flowing motions of Naha-te. It has been over 200 years since the birth of its second-generation grandmaster, Norisato Nakaima. Ryo Kiyuna has inherited the lessons of the style, and continues to explore the meanings buried in the kata created by his predecessors. “Ryuei-ryu is a form of karate that connects all the way back to master Nakaima. While I...

 

Digital Extra – Okinawan native Taira wins the Pacific League Rookie of the Year award after recording no losses and 33 holds as a relief pitcher for the Seibu Lions

Digital Extra – Okinawan native Taira wins the Pacific League Rookie of the Year award after recording no losses and 33 holds as a relief pitcher for the Seibu Lions

December 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The NPB Awards, which announces the season award winners in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), was held December 17, and the Rookie of the Year in the Pacific League was awarded to Seibu Lions’ right-handed relief pitcher Kaima Taira (21, Yaeyama Shoko High...

Karate – Kiyuna wins record-setting ninth straight All-Japan Emperor’s Cup, highlighted by his performance of the Anan kata

Karate – Kiyuna wins record-setting ninth straight All-Japan Emperor’s Cup, highlighted by his performance of the Anan kata

December 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Ryo Kiyuna (Ryueiryu-ryuhokai) set a record in capturing his ninth straight Emperor’s Cup in the men’s kata at the 48th All-Japan Cup Karatedo at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on December 13. This title breaks the record set by Ryoki Abe between...

World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts responds to Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki’s congratulatory letter, says, “Being Okinawan is important to me.”

World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts responds to Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki’s congratulatory letter, says, “Being Okinawan is important to me.”

December 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Dave Roberts, manager of the 2020 World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, a second-generation Okinawan born in Okinawa, has sent a message to Okinawa Prefecture stating, “Being an Okinawan is something I consider important.” The message was...

[VIDEO] Japanese Olympic Karateka Ryo Kiyuna sets Guinness World Record

[VIDEO] Japanese Olympic Karateka Ryo Kiyuna sets Guinness World Record

November 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Karateka Ryo Kiyuna, 30, from the Ryuei-ryu ryuho-kai school of karate and who will represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics in the men’s Karate individual kata, was recognized by Guinness World Records for setting the world record for most gold medals in international...

Miyakojima Triathlon cancelled due to concerns over coronavirus

Miyakojima Triathlon cancelled due to concerns over coronavirus

March 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyakojima – The “36th All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima” (Hosted by Miyakojima City and the Ryukyu Shimpo Co. Ltd.) scheduled for April 19 was cancelled by the event’s executive committee at a special meeting held at the JTA Dome Miyakojima March 2, due to...

Hayato Sonoda wins the Okinawa marathon men’s race, Karen Kinjo wins the women’s race

Hayato Sonoda wins the Okinawa marathon men’s race, Karen Kinjo wins the women’s race

February 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Chubu – The 28th 2020 Okinawa Marathon (co-hosted by Chubu Large Area Municipal Corp, the Ryukyu Shimpo Co. Ltd., Okinawa Television, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF) Okinawa, and the Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park...

The campaign to become the best in Japanese pro baseball begins for eight teams in Okinawa

The campaign to become the best in Japanese pro baseball begins for eight teams in Okinawa

February 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japanese professional baseball kicked off their spring training camp February 1, with eight teams starting their training camps in various locations around Okinawa: the first string players for the Hanshin Tigers (Ginoza), Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters (Nago),...

Nago City holds ceremony celebrating the opening of a new baseball stadium, will host Nippon-Ham Fighters for spring training in February

Nago City holds ceremony celebrating the opening of a new baseball stadium, will host Nippon-Ham Fighters for spring training in February

January 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nago – The Nago City Baseball stadium (Tapic Stadium Nago), had an opening ceremony January 25, hosted by the city and stadium management.

The ceremony was attended by people from the city government and members of the community, as well as representatives...

Ryo Kiyuna determined to win gold medal at Tokyo Olympics, “I train 365 days a year”

Ryo Kiyuna determined to win gold medal at Tokyo Olympics, “I train 365 days a year”

January 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Shun Furukawa

With currently no true rival in the world, Karateka Ryo Kiyuna is considered the Japanese athlete with the best chance of taking home a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

While most only the world champion’s face makes its way...

Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Extra – Kiyuna selected to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Men’s Karate Kata competition December 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Extra – Kiyuna selected to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Men’s Karate Kata competition December 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

December 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryo Kiyuna, 29, Ryueiryu-ryuhokai, along with two others, were the first to be selected to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Kata competition for Karate, a sport that was born in Okinawa and will be at the Olympics for the first time, after satisfying...