1,000 martial artists demonstrate their karate routines

1,000 martial artists demonstrate their karate routines

Participants in the Karate Day event did karate demonstrations on October 26, at Kokusai Street, Naha. (Photograph taken by Ayako Nakamoto)

October 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Commemorating Karate Day, the Okinawa Prefectural Government, the Prefectural Assembly and the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai held a martial arts demonstration on October 26 at a plaza near Kokusai Street, Naha. About 1000 martial artists from four organizations, including the Okinawa Prefecture Karate Do Renmei, Zen Okinawa Karate Do Renmei and Okinawa Karate Kobudo Renmei, under the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai, took part in the event.

In part one of the event, masters representing their styles of karate performed their routines. Spectators watched with amazement, the moves performed by the masters.

In part two, karate lovers of all generations, including seniors and preschool children, demonstrated their styles at four areas on Kokusai Street, making it a paradise for pedestrians that day.

Choukou Kiyuna, the chairman of the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai, said, “We would like to register Okinawa Karate on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. This will let the people of the world know that Okinawa is the birth place of karate.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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