11 May

Okinawa citizens urged to get behind bid to put prefecture’s style of karate on UNESCO map

A recent article from the Okinawa Times which may be of interest to readers.

Okinawa citizens urged to get behind bid to put prefecture’s style of karate on UNESCO map

THE OKINAWA TIMES

MAY 11, 2018
There are growing expectations for Okinawa natives such as Ryo Kiyuna, pictured, who won his sixth-straight men's 'kata' national championship in December, to seize gold in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. | THE OKINAWA TIMES

Ryo Kiyuna, 6-time men’s ‘kata’ national champion

The first international tournament for Okinawa style karate is scheduled for August, and expectations are growing that the martial art will become even more popular at home and abroad.

A future vision for the martial art, crafted by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, local karate organizations and the business circle, presents aspirations for the style over a 20-year time scale based from the hopes of local people, and proposes a range of possible measures to be taken to improve its preservation and promotion.

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25 Apr

Karate-do & Social Media: Going Full Circle

Remember in the early 1990s when listserv was a new and exciting way to interact and exchange information on Karate-do. I remember logging in on my old modem in front of my giant green lit monitor and looking forward to reading what other like-minded people had written. Then came online groups like Egroups in the late 1990s and then blogs in the early 2000s. Although there was disagreement, in both of these platforms there was a sense of community. All of these have been eclipses by social media like Facebook, Instagram, Pintrest and others. Admittedly I tried some of these platforms and came away from them a little shocked and disappointed. Read More