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2010 - MATSUBAYASHI RYU CELEBRATIONS
 NAHA, OKINAWA. PART ONE

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The Ceremony of the 75th Foundation Anniversary of World Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do
& The 13th Memorial Karate-do Demonstrations for Grand Master the Late Shoshin Nagamine

"Meeting and greeting familiar and new faces at Taira dojo ..."
2010 - Matsubayashi Ryu Celebrations
  Naha Okinawa. Part One
Okinawa 2010 Typhoon  and all.

The Kiwis have landed!  Touching down at Naha Airport 10:45am Tuesday 26th October 2010. This visit will be Sensei Kevin Plaisted's 13th, Sensei Tim Herlihy's 7th visit and Jim Johnston's 1st  to Okinawa, the island of karate. Our group is in Okinawa to proudly represent Matsubayashi Ryu New Zealand at the 75th Anniversary of Matsubayashi ryu karate do and the 13th memorial celebrations  for Grand Master the Late Shoshin Nagamine.
We were greeted at the airport by Kancho Taira and  were soon on our way to a first full day in Okinawa. There was much to do. First on the list  was a  visit to  the Nagamine Honbu dojo in  Kumoji. Here we paid our respects to Soke Nagamine and sensei Kevin was able to have briefly explained to him the proceedings concerning the upcoming seminars and anniversary celebrations. Next on the list was a trip to  Tomari port where Kancho Taira treated the kiwis to a delicious seafood lunch.
O'sensei Nagamine
Shihan Kevin Kancho Taira
The Ceremony of the 75th Foundation Anniversary of World Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do
& The 13th Memorial Karate-do Demonstrations for Grand Master the Late Shoshin Nagamine

Okinawa 2010 Typhoon  and all.

The Kiwis have landed!  Touching down at Naha Airport 10:45am Tuesday 26th October 2010. This visit will be Sensei Kevin Plaisted's 13th, Sensei Tim Herlihy's 7th visit and Jim Johnston's 1st  to Okinawa, the island of karate. Our group is in Okinawa to proudly represent Matsubayashi Ryu New Zealand at the 75th Anniversary of Matsubayashi ryu karate do and the 13th memorial celebrations  for Grand Master the Late Shoshin Nagamine.
We were greeted at the airport by Kancho Taira and  were soon on our way to a first full day in Okinawa. There was much to do. First on the list  was a  visit to  the Nagamine Honbu dojo in  Kumoji. Here we paid our respects to Soke Nagamine and sensei Kevin was able to have briefly explained to him the proceedings concerning the upcoming seminars and anniversary celebrations. Next on the list was a trip to  Tomari port where Kancho Taira treated the kiwis to a delicious seafood lunch.
All of us were keen to say hello to Shihandai Higa 9th dan of Taira dojo so we paid him a courtesy visit at his place of work. We all looked forward to training with this  remarkable man and teacher at Taira dojo again, soon.
We then had business at the Shureido shop.  There was  lots of hellos to Nakosone san and his wonderful staff. Equipment and obi orders were placed and Jims new TK10 dogi was cut, altered and finished while we all enjoyed Shureido coffee and sweets.


Shihan Kevin and Kancho Taira at Tomari Port
Kancho Taira dropped us  off at our hotel on Shintoshin for checking in and to relax. Once the unpacking was done and the suit cases were away the team grabbed a taxi down to Kokusai dori. We wanted to show Jim the many markets and produce found there and also to "locate" the two Canadian bars "Rehab"  and "Eager Beaver".

At the Eager Beaver
Jim and awamori
Andi Quast (Germany), Jim Johnston & Tim Herlihy 
enjoy the Eager Beaver Pub hospitality.

Link to Rehab International Bar
Link to Eager Beaver Canadian Pub
Jim had trouble finding a bottle of awamori his size.
The Day was not done yet as Kancho Taira had previously mentioned that training at Taira dojo in Urasoe was to commence at 7pm. Meeting and greeting familiar and new faces at Taira dojo since the last visit was a great way for the kiwis to start this first keiko (training/ practice)of this visit. This session was primarily  kobudo training that focused on bo kihon, kihon kata, then kata, Shushi no kun ichi and ni, Choun no kun ichi and ni and finally finishing with Sakugawa no kun. A couple of cold beers (Orion of course) at the dojo after training and a few more at the hotel concluded the kiwis first day on Okinawa.
relaxing at Taira dojo
Relaxing at Taira dojo: Tim sensei, Yoshiaki Taira, Shihandai Higa,  Jim,  Kancho Taira, Shihan Kevin.
Tail Of The Typhoon
The next few days after arriving in Naha the weather began to deteriorate. Typhoon "Chaba" to the south east of Okinawa was beginning to make its presence felt on on the island. Kancho Taira picked the kiwis up so they could accompany him to Okinawa Shogaku Junior and Senior High School  in Kuruba district  just as the high winds and rain started.
This was our second visit to this private school that has incorporated karate do into the school curriculum. Taira sensei along with other prominent karate masters teach there  on a regular basis. The school boasts one of the best martial arts dojos in the prefecture. After general warm ups for the 300 plus students  they separated into four groups, each group  training in a specific style of karate according to the masters present. Matsubayashi ryu  represented by Kancho Taira and Shimabukuro sensei, Uechi ryu by Kiyohide Shinjo sensei, Goju ryu by Hirata sensei and Shorin ryu by Uema sensei.
This was a thoroughly  enjoyable experience for the kiwis. At the conclusion of the session Kancho Taira informed the students that the New Zealand Members  would be demonstrating an embu! Kevin sensei, Tim sensei and Jim performed Rohai as a team  followed by  individual demonstrations of kata, Wankan (Tim sensei) and Chinto (Kevin sensei). A collection of kote kitae, body pounding and kumite drills ,"kiwi style", followed and were also well received by all watching. Unfortunately a second session was cancelled as an announcement was made that because of the severity of the typhoon the school was to be closed.
All of us were keen to say hello to Shihandai Higa 9th dan of Taira dojo so we paid him a courtesy visit at his place of work. We all looked forward to
Shihan Kevin Kancho Taira
Naha to Nago
Sensei Kevin and team had the opportunity to travel up to Nago one day with Shihandai Higa of Taira dojo.The visit was to attend commemoration service's at the newly completed "Haka "or tomb of the late Shinjo Sensei.
Gathered with family,friends and members of Taira dojo we had the honour of paying our respects at the "Haka " with the placing of incense sticks and a demonstration of Matsubayashi Ryu kata Ananku, Wankan and Chinto. A wonderful occasion where food, drinks and laughter was plentiful.
Later that evening a visit also to Manabu Sensei's establishment "Marine bar - Nago beach" capped of a very good day.
Shinjo sensei
At Nago Bay
Shihan Kevin and Kancho Taira at Tomari Port
The late Shinjo sensei
Marine Bar
and teacher at Taira dojo again, soon.
We then had business at the Shureido shop.  There was  lots of hellos to Nakosone san and his wonderful staff. Equipment and obi orders were placed and Jims new TK10 dogi was cut, altered and finished while we all enjoyed Shureido coffee and sweets.


Shihan Kevin and Tim sensei reminisce at the Marine Bar Nago bay
Kokusai dori and the Ryukyu Kingdom Festival Parade
 
It was a busy and hot day down on Kokusai dori as the kiwi's watched the annual kingdom festival parade. This was Jim's first visit to Okinawa and having the opportunity to see this event was amazing for him. The street was closed to vehicle traffic before and a short time after which allowed many of the people watching the parade walk along the usually busy road and enjoy the festival atmosphere.
Kokusai dori parade
kokusai street parade
At the Eager Beaver
training with this  remarkable man
Shurijo castle visit
 
A sunny day inspired sensei Kevin, sensei Tim and Jim to head to Shurijo castle.This time it was decided to take the dogi's so pictures and video could be taken around this historical site. The beautiful  Bezaitendo shrine seemed an ideal place to quickly change into our dogi's and and create a few photo opportunites. Two karateka from a Matsubayashi Ryu dojo in New York ( Ken and Os ) were also visiting the castle. They recognised our kata so came over and introduced themselves. It was chance meetings such as this that made the day so enjoyable.
Kevin at Shurijo castle
Jim at Shurijo castle
Kancho Taira dropped us  off at our hotel on Shintoshin for checking in and to relax. Once the unpacking was done and the suit cases were away the team grabbed a taxi down
Andi Quast (Germany),
Jim Johnston & Tim Herlihy 
at the Eager Beaver Pub
The Throne room
Yakusoku kumite
to Kokusai dori. We wanted to show Jim the many markets and produce found there and also to "locate" the two Canadian bars "Rehab"  and "Eager Beaver".

In the throne room Shurijo Castle.
It even works in street clothes!
Kevin at Tennyobashi
Tim
Jim
The Day was not done yet as Kancho Taira had previously mentioned that training at Taira dojo in Urasoe was to commence at 7pm. Meeting and greeting familiar and new faces at Taira dojo since the last visit was a great way for the kiwis to start this first keiko (training/ practice)of this visit. This session was primarily  kobudo training that focused on bo kihon, kihon kata, then kata, Shushi no kun ichi and ni, Choun no kun ichi and ni and finally finishing with Sakugawa no kun. A couple of cold beers (Orion of course) at the dojo after training and a few more at the hotel concluded the kiwis first day on Okinawa.
Ura-gamae
Kiwis and Americans
Tennyobashi History
Tim, Os and  Ken (USA), and Kevin  at the  Bezaitendo shrine.
The Kiwis at Bezaitendo
Ura-gamae at Tennyobashi
Shihan Kevin, on Tennyobashi (bridge) to the  Bezaitendo shrine.
Shihan Kevin, Tim sensei and Jim at the  Bezaitendo shrine.
Matsubayashi Ryu Numbers
The arrival of so many Matsubayashi Ryu karateka from around the world had the  Soke Nagamine Honbu dojo in Kumoji regularly full of people training. A visit there by Sensei Kevin and team was a good opportunity to catch up with friends before the seminars.
Everyone was excited and looked forward to the testing, Budokan seminars and the anniversary demonstrations. Locations to meet and socialize were established with a couple well know bar's proving to be very popular!
relaxing at Taira dojo
Honbu dojo
Meeting at Honbu dojo
The Honbu dojo was often full
Steve, Tony & Tim
Sensei Tim, Tony Gibson (Canada), Shihan Kevin & Camani sensei (Spain)
Meeting at starbucks
Sensei Kevin, sensei Tim, sensei Gerard Cappiello (USA) & Tony Gibson (Canada)
Steve Will (USA), Tony Gibson (Canada), Tim Herlihy
Tokai group
Relaxing at Taira dojo: Tim sensei, Yoshiaki Taira, Shihandai Higa,  Jim,  Kancho Taira, Shihan Kevin.
The Rehab Bar 2
Tail Of The Typhoon

The next few days after arriving in Naha the weather began to deteriorate. Typhoon "Chaba" to the south east of Okinawa was beginning to make its presence felt on on the island. Kancho Taira picked the kiwis up so they could accompany him to Okinawa Shogaku Junior and Senior High School  in Kuruba district  just as the high winds and rain started.
This was our second visit to this private school that has incorporated karate do into the school curriculum. Taira sensei along with other prominent karate masters teach there  on a regular basis. The school boasts one of the best martial arts dojos in the prefecture. After general warm ups for the 300 plus students  they separated into four groups, each group  training in a specific style of karate according to the masters present. Matsubayashi ryu  represented by Kancho Taira and Shimabukuro sensei, Uechi ryu by Kiyohide Shinjo sensei, Goju ryu by Hirata sensei and Shorin ryu by Uema sensei.
This was a thoroughly  enjoyable experience for the kiwis. At the conclusion of the session Kancho Taira informed the students that the New Zealand Members  would be demonstrating an embu! Kevin sensei, Tim sensei and Jim performed Rohai as a team  followed by  individual demonstrations of kata, Wankan (Tim sensei) and Chinto (Kevin sensei). A collection of kote kitae, body pounding and kumite drills ,"kiwi style", followed and were also well received by all watching. Unfortunately a second session was cancelled as an announcement was made that because of the severity of the typhoon the school was to be closed.
The kiwis with Tony Gibson (Canada) & members of Tokai district (mainland Japan) Matsubayashi Ryu Federation
The Rehab Bar
At the Rehab Bar, Kiwis,  Canadians, Americans and Irish
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 NAHA, OKINAWA. PART TWO

At the Rehab Bar, Kiwis, Germans and Canadians.
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Shinjo sensei
Naha to Nago
Sensei Kevin and team had the opportunity to travel up to Nago one day with Shihandai Higa of Taira dojo.The visit was to attend commemoration service's at the newly completed "Haka "or tomb of the late Shinjo Sensei.
The late Shinjo sensei
At Nago Bay
Kokusai dori and the Ryukyu Kingdom Festival Parade
 
It was a busy and hot day down on Kokusai dori as the kiwi's watched the annual kingdom festival parade. This was Jim's first visit to Okinawa and having the opportunity to see this event was amazing for him. The street was closed to vehicle traffic before and a short time after which allowed many of the people watching the parade walk along the usually busy road and enjoy the festival atmosphere.
Shihan Kevin and Tim sensei reminisce at the Marine Bar Nago bay
Kokusai dori parade
kokusai street parade
Shurijo castle visit
 
A sunny day inspired sensei Kevin, sensei Tim and Jim to head to Shurijo castle.This time it was decided to take the dogi's so pictures and video could be taken around this historical site. The beautiful  Bezaitendo shrine seemed an ideal place to quickly change into our dogi's and and create a few photo opportunites. Two karateka from a Matsubayashi Ryu dojo in New York ( Ken and Os ) were also visiting the castle. They recognised our kata so came over and introduced themselves. It was chance meetings such as this that made the day so enjoyable.
Kevin at Shurijo castle
Jim at Shurijo castle
The Throne room
Yakusoku kumite
Tim
Jim
Kevin at Tennyobashi
Ura-gamae
Kiwis and Americans
The Kiwis at Bezaitendo
Tim, Os and  Ken (USA), and Kevin  at the  Bezaitendo shrine.
Ura-gamae at Tennyobashi
Matsubayashi Ryu Numbers
The arrival of so many Matsubayashi Ryu karateka from around the world had the  Soke Nagamine Honbu dojo in Kumoji regularly full of people training. A visit there by Sensei Kevin and team was a good opportunity to catch up with friends before the seminars.
Everyone was excited and looked forward to the testing, Budokan seminars and the anniversary demonstrations. Locations to meet and socialize were established with a couple well know bar's proving to be very popular!
Honbu dojo
Meeting at Honbu dojo
The Honbu dojo was often full
Right: Sensei Tim, Tony Gibson
(Canada), Shihan Kevin & Camani sensei (Spain)
Steve, Tony & Tim
Meeting at starbucks
Steve Will (USA), Tony Gibson
(Canada), Tim Herlihy
Sensei Kevin, sensei Tim, sensei Gerard Cappiello (USA) & Tony Gibson (Canada)
Tokai group
The Rehab Bar 2
The kiwis with Tony Gibson
(Canada) & members of Tokai district (mainland Japan) Matsubayashi Ryu Federation
At the Rehab Bar, Kiwis,  Canadians, Americans and Irish
The Rehab Bar
At the Rehab Bar, Kiwis, Germans and Canadians.
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2010 - MATSUBAYASHI RYU CELEBRATIONS
 NAHA, OKINAWA. PART TWO