March 29, 2011

Okinawa Karate Tsushin No 58 is published!

Tsushin 57The No. 58 of Okinawa Karate Tsushin (News) is published. It has been sent to subscribers. If you wish to subscribe, please do so here (



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March 24, 2011

Symposium on Okinawa karate's future

Organized by the Okinawa General Bureau, the “Okinawa Kansei – Bunka Sangyo Symposium” (Okinawa Sense – Culture related Industry Symposium) was held March 23, 2011 14:00 to 17:00.
The Okinawa governor Mr. Nakaima Hirokazu (son of Goju ryu master Genkai Nakaima and head of the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai) and some 250 people came to the venue, the National Theater Okinawa. Among them, the elite of the Okinawan karate and representatives from local universities and the OPG were present.

After lectures from Mr. Moritake Tomikawa, president of the Okinawa International University, and Mr. Ozaki, CEO of Yoshimoto Kogyo, a panel discussion on karate was held. Panelists were as follow:
- Kiyuna Choyu, secretary of the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai (Shorin ryu - Sukunai Hayashi- Risshikan Hanshi 10th dan)
- Uechi Tetsu, head of the Okinawa Traditional Karate-do Kobudo International Studying Center in Yomitan (Uechi ryu 6th dan)
- Hirata Taichi (Artist and opera/theater director; will become the head of the new OPG Culture and Sport Department April 1st)
- Miguel Da Luz (Editor of Okinawa Karate News)
- Ms. Sakiyama Ritsuko, as coordinator

During the discussion, it was stressed on that this scheme of "how could karate support more Okinawa's economy" has never been and will never be about making local Okinawan karate a business. This was never in the mind of the Okinawa General Bureau and it was once again made clear to the public.
The idea is that today, many non-Okinawan karate people are more and more looking for true traditional karate rather than sport karate. Facing this situation, Okinawa - as the birthplace of karate - definitely needs to furthermore promote itself and strengthen its actual international network composed of many traditional martial artists.
But for this to happen, Okinawan masters needs to protect and polish the cultural treasure that is karate. By karate I mean the martial arts that were created on island with their tradition and philosophy. This is actually one if not the main purpose of this concept.
Karate has already been supporting the Okinawan economy with the visit of many foreign karatekas through many years, tournaments and seminars. Now there is a need of really organizing the local environment so that more people could come and experience and/or rediscover Okinawan Karate and Kobudo. By this I mean not only building a karate hall (a request and desire from many local masters) but also creating an official front office for Okinawan karate and kobudo (physically and virtually through the Internet).

I had the chance to speak with some of the leaders of Okinawan karate after the symposium and all expressed the same views. “Today was a good start as Japan (through the Okinawa General Bureau) has in a way recognized the cultural value and potential of karate.” Now, like I said during the panel discussion, it is time to stop babbling about the past, but learning from it it is time to act fast and efficiently.

I can not tell you – as I am not yet aware of something that I can not yet see - what the future will be, but I believe that one should “strike the iron while it is hot”.

If you have any comments, I will be happy to here them anytime and pass them on to the related parties in Okinawan.


Miguel Da Luz

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February 28, 2011

Okinawa Karate Tsushin No 57 is published!

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February 17, 2011

Okinawa culture promotion symposium

In order to support the economy of Okinawa Prefecture, the Okinawa General Bureau (Cabinet Office, Japan Government) has been studying how Okinawan Culture could be promoted and how it could create related business. From the beginning in August 2010, Okinawa Karate stands as a major asset in this scheme. After a series of meetings, a symposium is scheduled for March 23, 2011. Time is 14:00-16:00, location should be the National Theater Okinawa.


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February 09, 2011

Crepes bretonnes in the news

If you read the Okinawa Times, check out page 19 and you'll see a Gaijin looking man cooking. Well, that's me introducing my grandmother's buckwheat flour crepes! The article is a series on international cuisine in Okinawa. Previous article was with Marco, my Italian friend on island. Hope you enjoy...



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January 31, 2011

Okinawa Karate Tsushin No 56 is published!

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January 05, 2011

Happy New Year


平成二十三年 元旦

A happy New Year to all the readers of Okinawa Karate News. May it bring for you peace, happiness, health and success!

Miguel Da Luz, editor of the Okinawa Karate News.

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December 27, 2010

Okinawa Karate Tsushin No 55 is published!

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November 29, 2010

Okinawa Karate Tsushin No 54 is published!

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October 27, 2010

Okinawa Karate Tsushin No 53 is published!

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