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Okinawa Shorin Ryu New Zealand
Matsubayashi Ryu
Karate - Kobudo

2001 - OKINAWA VISIT
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Shihan Kevin Plaisted led a Kiwi contingent to Okinawa in April 2001. Two weeks of expert karate training, experiencing a different and unique culture and generous hospitality. This was an opportunity not to be missed by Matsubayashi ryu club members Tim Herlihy, Bill Westphal and Dan Suji. Training twice a day at Kodokan Taira dojo the New Zealanders worked on and fine tuned many areas of their kihon, kata and kobudo under the guidance of Kancho Yoshitaka Taira, Shihandai Nobuhide Higa and other senior Urasoe dojo members.
In the heat of Okinawa the Kiwis lost much sweat but gained a better understanding and appreciation of "koshi", delivery of technique and relaxation.
Okinawan culture
"...the Kiwis lost much sweat but gained a better understanding and appreciation of
"koshi"..."
2001 - Okinawa Visit
Okinawa Shorin-ryu
New Zealand
Matsubayashi-ryu karate & kobudo
Okinawan culture
The group at Taira dojo
Shihandai Higa presents a bo to Sensei Tim Herlihy
Shihan Kevin Plaisted led a Kiwi contingent to Okinawa in April 2001. Two weeks of expert karate training, experiencing a different and unique culture and generous hospitality. This was an opportunity not to be missed by Matsubayashi ryu
Other highlights for the team were attending traditional Okinawan cultural shows and watching Uechi ryu demonstrations by Kiyohide Shinjo.
They also developed a keen taste for Okinawa soba (noodles) which are very popular, cold "Orion" beer and awamori (an alcoholic  beverage indigenous to and unique to Okinawa.)
club members Tim Herlihy, Bill Westphal and Dan Suji. Training twice a day at Kodokan Taira dojo the New Zealanders worked on and fine tuned many areas of their kihon, kata and kobudo under the guidance of Kancho Yoshitaka Taira, Shihandai Nobuhide Higa and other senior Urasoe dojo members.
In the heat of Okinawa the Kiwis lost much sweat but gained a better understanding and appreciation of "koshi", delivery of technique and relaxation.
Shihan Kevin, Tim, Dan and Bill at Okinawa Heritage Park cultural show
Mr Shinjo of Taira dojo, Tim and Shihan Kevin.
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The group at Taira dojo
Shihandai Higa presents a bo to Sensei Tim Herlihy
Other highlights for the team were attending traditional Okinawan cultural shows and watching Uechi ryu demonstrations by Kiyohide Shinjo.
They also developed a keen taste for Okinawa soba (noodles) which are very popular, cold "Orion" beer and awamori
(an alcoholic  beverage indigenous to and unique to Okinawa.)
Mr Shinjo of Taira dojo, Tim and Shihan Kevin.
Shihan Kevin, Tim, Dan and Bill at Okinawa Heritage Park cultural show