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European seminars 2015

Seminars with Vice President Arakaki Toshimitsu in Germany and England in September

Dates for the open seminar in Germany: September 5 and 6
Location:Viersen, Germany. For details including schedule, see the flyer in English and in German.
Seminar fee: 50 €.
Additional dates for EMKA/WMKA members: Monday August 31 to Friday Sep. 5.

For more information, contact Helmut Steeg Sensei:


Dates for the seminar in England: September 14 to 19
Location:Eastbourne, East Sussex, England. For details including schedule, see the flyer in English.

For more information, contact Steve Woolston Sensei:

Check back for information about future seminars.

Would you like to host a seminar?

The EMKA would like to help dojos wanting to host a seminar with our Okinawan teachers. For information and seminar requests, mail to:

Renshi Tuftedal is available for seminars about Matsubayashi-ryu, traditional karate and self defence. For information and seminar requests, mail to:

Kyoshi Camani is available for seminars related to deep practice of the art of karate-do and to self defense. For information and seminar requests, mail to:


WMKA World Seminar November 2014

New world seminar in Naha, Okinawa from October 31 to November 2, 2014:

The Memorial Karate-Do Seminar and Exchange Demonstration 2014 for Soke Takayoshi Nagamine in Okinawa

Please find the seminar flyer here.

Please find the seminar schedule here.

Please find the seminar invitation here.

The EMKA plans to attend with a large group, and asks all dojos and members to start planning their participation. Everyone who attended the last world seminar in 2010 knows this is an event not to be missed!

Past European seminars

Seminars in 2015

Seminar with Renshi Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal 6th Dan in Willich Anrath, March 2015

Date: November 29 to 30
Location:Kodokan Anrode Karate Dojo, Willich Anrath, Germany.

The Schedule of the classes will be:
Saturday - with breaks
10:00 - 13:00 All ranks
13:30 - 15:30 from 5th Kyu Matsubayashi-ryu
15:45 - 17:15 from 1st Dan Matsubayashi-ryu
Sunday - with breaks
10:00 - 13:00 Dan rank tests, not open

Seminar fees: between 5 € for juniors and 20 € for seniors, depending on class attendance.

Flyer for the seminar in German.

For more information, contact Helmut Steeg Sensei:


Éire Taikai in Castlebar, Ireland

Date: January 24 and 25
Location:White Tiger Martial Arts, Castlebar, Ireland.

The Schedule will be:
Saturday - with breaks
Classes for all ranks
Renshi Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal, 6th Dan Matsubayashi-ryu
Helmut Steeg Sensei, 4th Dan Matsubayashi-ryu
Martin O'Malley, 3rd Dan Matsubayashi-ryu
Jens Fricke Sensei, 6th Dan
Demonstrations of Karate and Kobudo
Sunday - with breaks
Competitions for children: Karate Kata and Kobudo Kata and demonstrations
Demonstrations of Karate and Kobudo Kata

Seminars in 2014

Seminar with Renshi Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal 6th Dan in Germany November 2014

Date: November 29 to 30
Location:Viersen, Germany.

The Schedule of the classes will be:
Saturday - with breaks
10 - 12:30 All ranks
13:30 - 16:45 Middle ranks to Dan level
Sunday - with breaks
10:30 - 12:30 Middle ranks to Dan level
13 - 15 All ranks

Seminar fees: 15 € for juniors, 25 € for seniors.

Flyer for the seminar in German.

For more information, contact Guido Engels Sensei:



Seminar with Renshi Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal 6th Dan in Ireland in September

Date: September 26 and 27
Location:
Friday 26: Roscommon Christian Brothers School
Saturday 27: White Tiger Martial Arts, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

The Schedule of the classes will be:
Friday
20 - 22 All ranks
Saturday - with breaks
10 - 11:30 All ranks
12 - 14 Black and brown belts
15 - 17 Black and brown belts

For more information, contact Anthony Whelan Sensei (Friday) and Martin O'Malley Sensei (Saturday):


Seminar with Kyoshi Ricardo Camani 7th Dan in Germany April 2014

Date: April 26 to 27
Location:Grossefehn, Ostfriesland, Germany.

The Schedule of the classes will be:
Saturday - with breaks
10 - 18 All ranks
Sunday - with breaks
10 - 18 All ranks

Seminar fees: 20 € for juniors, 30 € for seniors.

Flyer for the seminar in English and German.

For more information, mail to:


Seminar with Renshi Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal 6th Dan in Germany March 2014

Date: March 15 to 16
Location: Marienhafe, Ostfriesland, Germany.

The Schedule of the classes will be:
Saturday - with breaks
10 - 12 Lower ranks, but open for all
13 - 15 Middle ranks to Dan level
15:30 - 17 Dan level and Dan candidates
Sunday - with breaks
10 - 11:30 Dan level and Dan candidates
12:45 - 14:45 Middle ranks to Dan level
15:15 - 17 Lower ranks, but open for all

Seminar fees: 15 € for juniors, 25 € for seniors.

Flyer for the seminar in English.

Flyer for the seminar in German.

For more information, mail to:



Seminars in 2013

Seminar with Kyoshi Fuchs Camani 7th Dan in Germany in November

Date: November 2nd and 3rd
Location: Grossefehn, Germany.
The schedule of the classes will be:
Saturday - with breaks
10 - 13 Juniors and seniors
14 - 18 Juniors and seniors
Sunday - with breaks
10 - 12:30 Seniors
13:30 - 18 Seniors

Seminar fees: 30 € for juniors, 35 € for seniors.

Flyer for the seminar.

Please contact Heinz Tessner Sensei if you have questions:

Anniversary seminar with Renshi Tuftedal 6th Dan in Norway in October

Date: October 17 to 20
Location: Bergen, Norway.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of BSI Karate, 15 years of Matsubayashi-ryu in Norway and 60 years since the inauguration of the Nagamine Dojo in Naha, Okinawa.

The schedule of the classes will be:
Evening classes Thursday and Friday.
Two classes Saturday and Sunday.
Anniversary dinner Saturday.

To register or if you have any questions, please e-mail:

Seminar with Renshi Tuftedal 6th Dan in Germany in September

Date: September 28th and 29th
Location: Viersen, Germany.
The schedule of the classes will be:
Saturday - with breaks
10 - 13         Pinan Sandan, Yondan
13:30 - 17    Naihanchi Sandan, Rohai
Sunday - with breaks
10:30 - 12:30 Pinan Godan
13 - 15        Wanshu

Seminar fees: 25 € for juniors, 30 € for seniors.

Flyer for the seminar.

Please contact Guido Engels Sensei if you have questions:

Seminar with Martin O'Malley Sensei 3rd Dan in Germany September 2013

Date: Saturday September 7
Location: Grossefehn, Germany.
Time: 10 to 18
Kata: Fukyugata ichi, Pinan yondan, Naihanchi Shodan, Gojushiho
Yakusoku kumite 1-7
Kobudo: Dantai no Sai

Seminar fee: 20 €
Flyer for the seminar (in German) here.
Please contact Heinz Tessner Sensei if you have questions:

Seminar with Hanshi Shinjo 9th Dan in Ireland in August

Date: August 11 to 16
Location: White Tiger Martial Arts, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
The schedule of the classes will be:
Training all day on Sunday 11th,
Morning training from 10 am to 12 noon from Monday 12th to Thursday 15th,
Farewell party on Friday 16th

To register, and for more information, contact Martin O'Malley:

Seminar with Martin O'Malley Sensei 2nd Dan in Germany April 2013

Date: April 13
Location: Grossefehn, Germany.
Flyer for the seminar (in German) here.
Please contact Heinz Tessner Sensei if you have questions:

Seminar with Renshi Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal 6th Dan in Germany March 2013

Date: March 2 to 3
Location: Grossefehn, Germany.
Flyer for the seminar (in German) here.
Please contact Heinz Tessner Sensei if you have questions:

Seminars in 2012

Seminar with Renshi Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal 6th Dan in Ireland in December

Date: December 15 and 16
Location: White Tiger Martial Arts, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
More information will follow.
For more information, contact Martin O'Malley:

Seminar with Renshi Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal 6th Dan in Germany in November

Date: November 17 and 18
Location: Straelen, Germany.
More information will follow.
Please contact Rainer Bucken Sensei if you have questions:

Seminar with Kyoshi Fuchs Camani 7th Dan in Germany in September

Date: September 22 and 23
Location: Grossefehn, Germany.
The schedule of the classes will be:
Saturday - Open seminar
10 - 13 Juniors and seniors
14 - 18 Juniors and seniors
Sunday - EMKA/Matsubayashi-ryu
10 - 13 Seniors
14 - 18 Seniors

Seminar fees: 25 € for juniors, 30 € for seniors.

Flyer for the seminar.

Please contact Heinz Tessner Sensei if you have questions:

Cancelled seminar in Bergen, Norway

Information, including accomodation, in the seminar flyer.

Please contact Renshi Tuftedal if you have questions:

Cancelled seminar in Viersen, Germany

The full seminar flyer in English.

Renshi Tuftedal in Germany March 2012

Date: March 9 to 11
Location: Grossefehn, Germany.
The schedule of the classes will be:
Friday - EMKA/Matsubayashi-ryu
Saturday - Open seminar
10.30 - 13.30 Juniors
14  - 18 Seniors
Sunday - EMKA/Matsubayashi-ryu
10.30 - 13.30 Juniors
14  - 18 Seniors

Seminar fees: 25 € for juniors, 30 € for seniors.

Flyer for the open seminar (in German).

Please contact Heinz Tessner Sensei if you have questions:

Seminars in 2011

Renshi Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal in Ireland November 3 and 4

Location: Kilteevan Community Hall, Kilteeevan, Co. Roscommon
Class schedule:
Friday November 4th
6:00pm Seminar for WMKA/EMKA Black Belts
Saturday November 5th
10:00am-12:00pm Seminar in Kilteevan for Juniors
12:30pm-1:00pm Informal Meeting with EMKA Members
1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm-4:00pm Open Seminar for all Seniors and all Ranks
6:00pm-8:00pm Seminar for WMKA/EMKA Black Belts

To register, and for more information, mail to:

Report from Soke Nagamine's seminar in Ireland August 2011

We have received a full report of the seminar with pictures. A big thank you to Senseis Martin O'Malley and Guido Engels for text and photos.
Click here to read.

Soke Nagamine in Ireland August 6th to 12th

Location: White Tiger Martial Arts, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

Final class schedule:

Saturday 6th:
Dan grade session 3 – 5 pm

Sunday 7th:
Open grade session 11 – 12.30.
3rd Kyu and above 2.30 – 4.30 PM

Monday 8th to Thursday 11th
3rd Kyu and above 10.30 to 12.30

Thursday 11th
Dan grade session 7 – 9 PM


Please find more information about the seminar, fees, travel, accomodation, etc in the seminar flyer. The flyer will probably make you want to use the opportunity to take a few days holiday in the area!

To register, and for more information, mail to:

Renshi Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal in Timmel, Germany, Saturday February 26.

  • How and why traditional Okinawan karate is different from sports karate.
  • Kihon, kata, self defence and close range fighting - and how it's all related.
  • Techniques and training methods.
The seminar will be in Timmel, in North West Germany, by the coast some 100 km from Bremen. Flyer (in German) here.

Seminar fee: Children and teens:  10 €, adults 20 €.
Children/teens: 10 - 12.30
Adults: 13 - 18 PM.

Matsubayashi-ryu students may also train with Renshi Tuftedal on Sunday 27 from 10 AM to 15 PM.

To register, and for more information, mail to:

Renshi Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal in Hannover, Germany March 1 and 4.

Theme: Self defence and close range fighting.

Location: The Karate-Dojo Hannover of Riad Kheiralla Sensei

Seminars in 2010

Soke Nagamine in Ireland July 17

Saturday 17th in White Tiger Martial Arts, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Flyer here.
There is a B&B in the village where we will be training, to book call +353 9490 32235 and ask for Phillip or Geraldine Gormley.

Soke Nagamine in France July 12 to 15

Location: Saint Vincent de Tyrosse, in the south west of France, not far from the Spanish border.

The schedule of the classes will be:
Monday 12 to Thursday 15 (inclusive):
    18:30 to 21:30 PM
Seminar fee:  70 € for all classes, 20 € per day.

To register, mail to:  

or:  

For information about travel, accomodation, etc, contact the local tourist information at:  

The full seminar flyer (in French).

Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal Sensei in Ireland January 29 and 30.

The seminar will cover kihon, kata and kumite, and will be in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Flyer here.
To register, and for more information, mail to:

Kyoshi Frank Bähr and Renshi Steve Trombley in Germany April 17 and 18

Seminar contents: Kata applications, kyusho-jutsu and Motobu Choki's kumite forms

Date: April 17 and 18
Location: Viersen by Düsseldorf

The schedule of the classes will be:
Saturday 4: 
    10-13 up to blue belts
    14-18 brown and black belts

Sunday 5:
    10-13 all

Seminar fees: See flyer

The full seminar flyer (in German).

Seminars in 2009

Soke Nagamine in Ireland July 31 to August 2nd.

The schedule of the classes will be:
Friday 31 in Elphin, Co. Roscommon. Flyer here.

Saturday 1 st and Sunday 2nd in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Flyer here.
There is a B&B in the village where we will be training, to book call +353 9490 32235 and ask for Phillip or Geraldine Gormley.

Soke Nagamine in France July 22 - 25 in Saint Vincent de Tyrosse.

The location is in the south west of France, not far from the Spanish border.

The schedule of the classes will be:
Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 (inclusive):
    9:30 to 11 AM
    11:15 to 12:30 PM
Seminar fee:  70 € for all classes, 20 € per day.

To register, mail to:  

or:  

For information about travel, accomodation, etc, contact the local tourist information at:  

The full seminar flyer (in French).

Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal Sensei in Germany December 11 to 13 in Willich.

The seminar will be in Willich, near Düsseldorf. Flyer (in German) here.
Seminar fee:  10 €.
To register, and for more information, mail to:

Kyoshi Frank Bähr in Germany

Who: Kyoshi Frank Bähr (7. dan Matsubayashi-Ryu, student of Osensei Shoshin Nagamine) & Renshi Steve Trombley (6. dan Matsubayashi-Ryu, 5. dan Kyusho Jitsu, 4. dan Iaido, 2. dan Ryukyu Kobudo)

Date: April 4 and 5

Location: Viersen by Düsseldorf

The schedule of the classes will be:
Saturday 4: 
    10-13 children
    14-18 adults

Sunday 5 Bo training:
    10-11:30 children
    11:35-14 adults

Seminar fees: Adults both days 35 €, one day 20 €. Children both days 20 €, one day 15 €

The full seminar flyer (in German).

Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal Sensei in Germany March 6 in Hannover.

Theme: Self defence and close range fighting - how and why traditional Okinawan karate is different.

Date: March 6, 18-21.30

Location: The Karate-Dojo Hannover of Riad Kheiralla Sensei 

Thank you very much for a warm welcome and a very inspiring atmosphere!

Seminars in 2008

Soke Nagamine in France May 23 and 24 in Saint Vincent de Tyrosse.

The location is in the south west of France, not far from the Spanish border.

The schedule of the classes will be:
Friday 23: 
    19 to 21 PM
Saturday 24:
    10 to 12 AM
    15 to 16.30 PM
    16.45 to 18.15 PM

Seminar fee for all classes:  35 €.

To register, mail to:  

For information about travel, accomodation, etc, contact the local tourist information at:  

The full seminar flyer (in French).

Soke Nagamine in Bergen, Norway from May 26 to June 1, 2008. 

The schedule of the classes will be:
Tuesday 20 to 22
Wednesday 12 to 15
Thursday 17 to 19
Friday 18 to 20
Saturday 11 to 16
Sunday 11 to 15

At this time of the year, Bergen is at it's best. There are several music and cultural festivals: A jazz festival Nattjazz and Bergen International Festival, a general cultural festival with music, theatre, ballet, literature, cinema etc.

Send any questions about seminar details to:

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