Eighty students of all ages join year’s first karate practice on beach

Eighty students of all ages join year’s first karate practice on beach

Children enjoy the first karate practice of the new year under a blue sky (morning of January 3, Tropical Beach in Ginowan. Photograph by Moriaki Kise

January 4, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Erina Ishii


On January 3, the Shorin Ryu Kyudokan Meihokai Kids Karate School located in Nagata in Ginowan, Okinawa, held their first practice of the new year at Tropical Beach. Approximately 80 students, from four-year-old children to adults, participated. The group was lucky to have beautiful weather, and practiced under a blue sky, feeling the ocean breeze.


After a jog on the sand, students turned their backs to the sea and practiced forms and broke boards. They worked up a sweat shouting as they practiced punches. Under the watchful eyes of their parents and guardians, students announced their goals for the new year.


Ryuto Torii is in his third year at Ginowan Senior High School and has been learning karate since first grade. He says, “I want to make it through the prefectural preliminaries for the world tournament. I also start college in the spring, so I want to prepare for that.” Akemi Hamakawa, a representative of the karate school, told the students, “Let’s do our best during practice so that we can achieve great results.”


(English translation by T&CT and Ellen Huntley)



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