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President Taira Yoshitaka

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New year greeting 2021 from President Taira Yoshitaka, Hanshi

Example of traditional Shimenawa
In his message President Taira covers the many disastrous effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and how it affects our lives, both globally and for the WMKA.

Referring to the motto “There is no night that doesn’t dawn”, President Taira expresses his hope that the step by step approach will work. He looks forward to reunite with many of the WMKA members in Okinawa in November at The Memorial Monument Unveiling and Cerebration for Founder Shoshin Nagamine.

The message also contains an interesting description of the tradition of their New Year’s rice straw festoon, Shimenawa.

Read his full message here.

WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Memorial Tribute to Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine on November 1, 2020

President Taira Yoshitaka, Hanshi: Announcing the first WMKA virtual seminar

"The COVID-19 disease (Corona virus) is still hurting many people around the world. I hope all of you and the people around you are not affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are glad to announce the “WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Memorial Tribute to Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine” which will be held twice on November 1st at 8:00 am and 8:00 pm Okinawa local time. November 1st was the originally scheduled date for “The Memorial Monument Unveiling & Celebration for Founder Shoshin Nagamine” in Okinawa. All Events were postponed to 2021.

We are very thankful for all WMKA members around the world because “WMKA 2020 Worldwide Virtual Event and Memorial Tribute to Grandmaster Shoshin Nagamine” was proposed by overseas members not from Okinawa."

Read the full message including practical information here.


The COVID-19 and the postponement of The Memorial Events for founder Nagamine Shoshin

President Taira Yoshitaka, Hanshi: We value the most our policy of “Nuchi-du Takara - Life is a Treasure”

"Considering the current heartbreaking condition and the unknown virus activity, we decided to postpone “The Memorial Monument Unveiling & Celebration for founder Nagamine Shoshin and Karate-Do International Seminar & Exchange Martial Arts 2020” to next 2021."

"Please cancel your travel arrangement who already have booked the trip to Okinawa and we are very sorry about it. We will be aware of the COVID-19 status and will post the new schedule when every situation was satisfied later. We hope we can meet many of you in Okinawa in next 2021. Please stay at home to protect you and the people around you. We will follow the same policy in Okinawa."

Read the full message here.

The COVID-19 and The Memorial Events for founder Shoshin Nagamine - a message from President Taira Yoshitaka, Hanshi

“Nuchi-du Takara” “Life is a Treasure”

"Under this heartbreaking situation, I hope all of you and the people around you are not affected and will stay healthy. We have a proverb in Okinawa. “Nuchi-du Takara” that means “Life is a Treasure”. Please stay at home and protect yourselves and the people around you. Karate can be practised any time and any place."

The intention and hope is to be able to have the celebration of the unveiling of the memorial monument for our Founder O'Sensei Nagamine Shoshin and in WMKA world seminar in October-November 2020 in Naha as planned. Any necessary changes will be announced.

Read the full message here.

European seminars 2020 - be aware that changes may have to be done

Unfortunately cancelled: Seminar with Arakaki Toshimitsu, vice-president of the WMKA, Hanshi 10th Dan, in England July 16 to 19

Unfortunately cancelled: Annual EMKA Taikai in the Netherlands, April 3 to 5.

Please see the Seminars page for more information.

News from the WMKA headquarters in Okinawa

New year greeting 2020 from President Taira Yoshitaka, Hanshi

In his message President Taira covers the tragic fire at Shuri-castle, a corner stone of Okinawan culture and one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites. The Okinawan and the Japanese governments have started working together to restore it.
Other topics covered by President Taira are the new Reiwa era in Japan and the 2020 Olympic Games, this time including Karate-do with the possibility of Okinawa achieving a gold medal!
President Taira extends an invitation to all WMKA members around the world to take part in the celebration of the unveiling of the memorial monument for our Founder O'Sensei Nagamine Shoshin and in the WMKA world seminar in October-November 2020 in Naha.
Read his full message here.

President Taira also announced the programme for the International Seminar and the Memorial Monument Unveiling & Celebration of Founder Nagamine Shoshin. It will take place in Naha from October 30 to November 2, 2020. See the full programme here.

You may find the initial announcement made in 2019 here.

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 Prefectural Karate-Do
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 rijicho.

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 will certainly
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.

Receiving Cultural Commendation

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 dojos

We are pleased to announce recent European additions to the EMKW/WMKA:
Shorin Martial Arts Bristol of Joel Castasus, in Bristol, England.
Kodokan (Bars) Matsubayashi-ryu of Karen Allen, in Bars, France.
Shorin-ryu Karate Groningen of Andreas Aleman, The Netherlands.
Solas Dojo of Michael O’Neill, in Castlebar, Ireland.

Please see the Dojo listing page for more information.

Other news

European seminar 2017 with President Taira, Hanshi 10th Dan, in Bergen, Norway

The seminar was arranged September 25 to October 1 in Bergen, Norway.

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