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
at the Full Moon Festival in Jitchaku. Fukyugata ichi, Pinan shodan and Wankan were demonstrated, along with Sakugawa no kun and Kishaba no kama.