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.