European seminars 2023 - be aware that changes may have
to be done
Annual EMKA Taikai in Witten, Germany, March 24 to 26.
Please see the Seminars page
for more information.
News from the WMKA headquarters in Okinawa
New Overseas Manager in Okinawa from April 2023
After serving the Matsubayashi-ryu community from right
after the sudden passing away of Soke Takayoshi Nagamine
on April 25,2012 (with a pause from 2015), Mr Riki Nomura
now has retired and Mr Daichi Sakamoto carries on this
important function as a link between Okinawa and our
The EMKA gives heartfelt thanks to Mr Nomura for his
efforts and very friendly help, as well as for how he has
given us valuable insights into various parts of Okinawan
tradition and culture! Mediating between different
cultures, languages and traditions is complex and
demanding - often significantly more than one would think.
Some of us have already had the pleasure of getting to
know Mr Sakamoto, in the Taira dojo and in video seminars
during the difficult period when travel had to be
restricted. We welcome him to this important post and look
forward to cooperating!
find the full announcement here. It includes
interesting thoughts and comments from them both.
New year greeting 2023 from President Taira Yoshitaka,
President Taira sends his best wishes to all WMKA members
for 2023 ( Reiwa 5). In August last year,
Okinawa marked the 50th anniversary since its
reversion to Japan from U.S. rule. Okinawa
Prefecture gathered karateka from all over the world
and increased the awareness of Okinawa's role as the birthplace of
President Taira announced that we are planning to hold a
“Memorial Monument Erection Commemorative Festival”
(tentative name) sometime in the Autumn of 2024! Every WMKA
member and dojo should start planning for this great event!
The greeting also includes an interesting article by Riki
Nomura san, the WMKA overseas manager, on the Japanese
tradition of New Year’s Cards (Nengajo)
with many illustrations.
the full greeting from the President here.
The Annual Autumn
Dan Evaluation Test on November 20th 2022 in Okinawa.
Uplifting news from Okinawa to end 2022 on a positive
Riki Nomura san, the WMKA overseas manager in Okinawa,
sent us this report from The
Annual Autumn Dan Evaluation Test.
There were five participants
from overseas: three from England, one from Germany and
one from the USA, and twelve participants came from
We congratulate all participants for having achieved new
ranks after dedication and hard work! The European members
taking part were: Karl-Heinz Tessner 5th dan, Steven
Woolston Renshi 6th dan, Sally Woolston 5th dan and Joel
Castasus 3rd dan.
Read more about the test, all the participants and find
more pictures in the full
article from Nomura san.
Report from The 2nd
Okinawa Karate World Tournament 2022
Riki Nomura san, the WMKA overseas manager in Okinawa,
reports from The 2nd
Okinawa Karate World Tournament.
We are happy to congratulate
our two medal winners: Ms Mayumi Horikawa Renshi 6th dan
from Okinawa, Silver medal, and Mr Minoru Yoneda 5th dan
from Osaka, Bronze medal. Here with President Taira.
Please note: The
Okinawa government wants to regularize The
Okinawa Karate World Tournament with the Winter
Olympic year. This means we all may have a chance to join
the future events and seminars!
the full report here.
Announcing The 2nd Okinawa Karate World Tournament 2022
A message from Riki Nomura san, the WMKA overseas manager
in Okinawa, informs us that the 2nd “Okinawa Karate World
Tournament” is planned for August 1st to 9th and consists
of two parts: “Karate Tournament (Kata / form)” and
“Karate Seminar”. The contents may be changed, or it may
be cancelled or postponed based on the COVID-19 situation.
The WMKA Okinawa Headquarters will send 12 personnel
including president Taira and vice president Arakaki to
the Expert Committees as Seminar instructors and Judges or
staff. Ms. Mayumi Horikawa, Renshi 6th Dan, won Okinawan
Preliminary Rounds and will attend the Main Tournament as
one of three participants from Okinawa Adult Female Senior
The Kata tournament is organized in five categories after
the three main Karate-kei (Ryuha) plus two Kobudo (Sai and
Bo). These five categories are divided in four age groups
each for female and male participants.
The Karate Seminars will be run by 28 Karate and Kobudo
instructors from all Okinawa Karate & Kobudo
the full message here.
New year greeting 2022 from President Taira Yoshitaka,
President Taira congratulates all WMKA members around the
world for the fact that we could erect the Memorial
Monument for Founder Shoshin Nagamine last year. A dream
come true! The monument is located in Tomari district in
Naha City where O'Sensei Nagamine was born on July 15,
1907. The Monument stands side by side with the Monument
for Matsumora Kosaku, known as “Restorer of Tumai-di”
Although a small island, Okinawa is the birth place and
home of the peaceful self-defence art "Te" that has
evolved and spread to the whole world, regardless of age,
gender, nationality, race, thoughts or religion.
President Taira covers how the Covid-19 pandemic
continues to affect our lives, both globally and for the
Referring to the motto “There is no night that doesn’t
dawn”, President Taira expresses his hope that today's
step by step will lead to a brighter future. We are
planning to invite WMKA members widely to celebrate the
erection of the monument of honour to the founder Shoshin
Nagamine Sensei after the COVID-19 disaster has ended or
is under control.
The message also contains photos from the unveiling of
Read his full
Taira Yoshitaka, Hanshi, appointed president of the
Okinawa Prefectural Karate-Do Federation.
Quotation from Okinawa Karate News:
On April 15, 2018, the General Assembly of the Okinawa
Federation, also known as Kenkuren, was held.
Matsubayashi-ryu Taira Yoshitaka
sensei was appointed as the new president and Goju-ryu
Takara Seigo sensei
become the chairman of the board of directors, in Japanese
After Nagamine Shoshin sensei founder of Matsubayashi-ryu
serving for six
years as the president from the establishment in 1981, it
has been 32 years
that presidents have come from Shorin-ryu and Goju-ryu.
Born in Ogimi Village in 1943, Taira sensei studied under
masters Shima Masao
and Nagamine Shoshin before opening his dojo in 1995. He
continue preserving the philosophy of the Kenkuren which is
based on the
preservation of Okinawa Karate-do, the healthy development
of young people,
and the improvement of competitive skills.
Taira Yoshitaka, Hanshi, President of the WMKA, was
awarded the prestigious Cultural Commendation from the
Prefecture of Okinawa.
This commendation was awarded for his cultural
contribution in the field of karate and kobujutsu. He
received the price at a ceremony in the Prefecture
building November 8, 2017. Here is an article
from the Okinawan Times (in Japanese).
The Okinawan Karate Federation hosted a
party in his
honour November 18, 2017.
New European dojos
We are pleased to announce recent European additions to the
Berlin of David Quaglia, in Berlin, Germany.
Bochum of Ralf Budde, in Bochum, Germany.
Please see the
Dojo listing page for more information.