News from the WMKA headquarters in Okinawa
New year greetings from President Yoshitaka Taira,
In his message President Taira announces the erection of
a memorial monument for our Founder O'Sensei Nagamine
Shoshin and a new WMKA world seminar in October-November
2020, as well as other news. Read his full message here
Changes in the contact procedure with Okinawa
The procedure has been improved. We welcome back our old
friend Mr. Riki Nomura, the former WMKA overseas manager,
to again be the international point of contact.
Please check the "Dojo Owners' News Page" at the WMKA web
site for details.
Yoshitaka Taira, 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.
Yoshitaka Taira, 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.
European seminars 2018
Seminar with Arakaki Toshimitsu, Hanshi 10th Dan, in
Germany in May.
Seminar with Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal, Kyoshi 7th Dan, in
Ireland in June-July.
The annual European Taikai in Madrid in October.
Please see the
Seminars page for more information.
European seminar 2017
with President Taira, Hanshi 10th Dan, in Bergen, Norway
The seminar was arranged
September 25 to October 1 in Bergen, Norway.
Shorin-ryu Karate Groningen of Andreas Aleman, The