Okinawa Shorin-ryu
New Zealand
Matsubayashi-ryu karate & kobudo
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Okinawa Shorin Ryu New Zealand
Matsubayashi Ryu
Karate - Kobudo

2008 - HAISAI OKINAWA
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Hot weather welcomed Shihan Kevin and Sensei Tim as they touched down at Naha International Airport. They were greeted by Kancho Taira, Shihandai Higa and Yoshiaki Taira of Kodokan Taira karate dojo. Staying in the district of Omoromachi, opposite Naha Main Place Shopping Centre, the kiwi's found it only a short walk to the Prefectural Museum, Shureido and the busy markets of Kokusai dori. Humid conditions awaited as training commenced at Taira dojo Kevin and Tim worked on Matsubayashi ryu kata, yakusoku kumite and kobudo (bo and kama) under the guidance of  Kancho Taira and Shihandai Higa.
"Taking part in kihon and kata, with over 300 students, was amazing ..."
2008 - Haisai Okinawa
Naha 1
museum
Naha 2
museum
socialising
Shihan Kevin and Tim were thrilled to accompany Kancho Taira to the Okinawa Shogaku Junior and Senior high school in Kokuba district Naha. Here Karate has been incorporated into the school curriculum. Taking part in kihon and kata with over 300 students was amazing for the kiwi's especially as the sessions were conducted by masters Yoshitaka Taira - Matsubayashi ryu, Kiyohide Shinjo - Uechi ryu, Yasuhiro Uema - Shorin ryu and Koki - Goju ryu.
The New Zealanders also joined Taira Karate dojo in demonstrating Matsubayashi ryu kata and kobudo at the Full Moon Festival in Jitchaku. Fukyugata ichi, Pinan shodan and Wankan were demonstrated, along with Sakugawa no kun and Kishaba no kama.
There was plenty of time for the important socialising.
From L. Shihandai Higa, Sensei Tim, Kancho Taira, Shihan Plaisted

Taira, Shihandai Higa and Yoshiaki Taira of Kodokan Taira karate dojo. Staying in the district of Omoromachi, opposite Naha Main Place Shopping Centre, the kiwi's found it only a short walk to the Prefectural Museum, Shureido and the busy markets of Kokusai dori. Humid conditions awaited as training commenced at Taira dojo Kevin and Tim worked on Matsubayashi ryu kata, yakusoku kumite and kobudo (bo and kama) under the guidance of  Kancho Taira and Shihandai Higa.
festival kata 1
festival kata 2
Hot weather welcomed Shihan Kevin and Sensei Tim as they touched down at Naha International Airport. They were greeted by Kancho
Part of the Full Moon Festival demonstration
Visiting the family of the late Shinjo san at at their home was a rewarding experience for Kevin and Tim. A senior member of Kodokan Taira karate dojo, Shinjo san, passed away in May 2008. A wonderful man who did lots for us when we visited Okinawa he is sadly missed. Shinjo san will be remembered for his kindness, friendship and humour.
Mr Shinjo
socialising
The late Mr Shinjo.
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There was plenty of time for the important socialising.
Shihandai Higa, Sensei Tim, Kancho Taira, Shihan Plaisted
Shihan Kevin and Tim were thrilled to accompany Kancho Taira to the Okinawa Shogaku Junior and Senior high school in Kokuba district Naha. Here Karate has been incorporated into the school curriculum. Taking part in kihon and kata with over 300 students was amazing for the kiwi's especially as the sessions were conducted by masters Yoshitaka Taira - Matsubayashi ryu, Kiyohide Shinjo - Uechi ryu, Yasuhiro Uema - Shorin ryu and Koki - Goju ryu.
The New Zealanders also joined Taira Karate dojo in demonstrating Matsubayashi ryu kata and kobudo at the Full Moon Festival in Jitchaku. Fukyugata ichi, Pinan shodan and Wankan were demonstrated, along with Sakugawa no kun and Kishaba no kama.
festival kata 1
festival kata 2
Part of the Full Moon Festival demonstration
Visiting the family of the late Shinjo san at at their home was a rewarding experience for Kevin and Tim. A senior member of Kodokan Taira karate dojo, Shinjo san, passed away in May 2008. A wonderful man who did lots for us when we visited Okinawa he is sadly missed. Shinjo san will be remembered for his kindness, friendship and humour.
Mr Shinjo
The late Mr Shinjo.