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2010 - MATSUBAYASHI RYU CELEBRATIONS
  NAHA, OKINAWA. PART TWO

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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

"Having the opportunity to celebrate Matsubayashi Ryu at such a unique occasion  ..."
2010 - Matsubayashi Ryu Celebrations
  Naha Okinawa. Part Two
Taikai Rehearsals and Promotion Testing
 
November the 3rd 2010  became a very busy and special day for many of the Matsubayashi Ryu practitioners who had arrived in Okinawa for these celebrations. It was also a busy day for  the resident karate masters and visiting senior World Matsubayashi Ryu Karate Association sensei that had come from around the world.
First on the schedule were Taikai ( world demonstration / mass gathering ) rehearsals, held at the
Okinawa Kenritsu Budokan (Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts).This was an opportunity for the many worldwide dojo represented to display what they would demonstrate at the Main celebration event at the Pacific Hotel later in the week. Here, also, Soke Nagamine viewed, coordinated and arranged the many groups and individuals into what would be a spectacular event.

Following the demonstration rehearsals, promotion testing was scheduled and held at the Nagamine Honbu dojo in Kumoji district. This saw many karateka travelling from one venue to the next to take part in the yudansha testing.
For those nominated for promotion the privilege of testing at Nagamine Honbu dojo was an opportunity and honour not to be missed. Testing in front of a panel of senior Okinawan masters and Sensei from several countries was an unbelievable experience.
Among those nominated and promoted at this grading was Shihan Kevin Plaisted who was promoted to nana dan (7th dan) and awarded the teaching licence and title of kyoshi. Timothy Herlihy sensei was also promoted to godan (5th dan).


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

One of the promotion panels at Nagamine Honbu dojo.
Arriving at Nagamine Honbu dojo for the testing.
Taikai Rehearsals and Promotion Testing
 
November the 3rd 2010  became a very busy and special day for many of the Matsubayashi Ryu practitioners who had arrived in Okinawa for these celebrations. It was also a busy day for  the resident karate masters and visiting senior World Matsubayashi Ryu Karate Association sensei that had come from around the world.
First on the schedule were Taikai ( world demonstration / mass gathering ) rehearsals, held at the
Okinawa Kenritsu Budokan (Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts).This was an opportunity for the many worldwide dojo represented to display what they would demonstrate at the Main celebration event at the Pacific Hotel later in the week. Here, also, Soke Nagamine viewed, coordinated and arranged the many groups and individuals into what would be a spectacular event.

Following the demonstration rehearsals, promotion testing was scheduled and held at the Nagamine Honbu dojo in Kumoji district. This saw many karateka travelling from one venue to the next to take part in the yudansha testing.
For those nominated for promotion the privilege of testing at Nagamine Honbu dojo was an opportunity and honour not to be missed. Testing in front of a panel of senior Okinawan masters and Sensei from several countries was an unbelievable experience.
Among those nominated and promoted at this grading was Shihan Kevin Plaisted who was promoted to nana dan (7th dan) and awarded the teaching licence and title of kyoshi. Timothy Herlihy sensei was also promoted to godan (5th dan).


Shihan Plaisted undergoing testing for nana dan demonstrates the kata Chinto.
Kyoshi obi
dinner 1
dinner 2
Shihan Kevin is presented with his kyoshi obi by Kancho Taira.  Followed by a celebratory dinner with members of Taira dojo.
Budokan Seminars
 
The Okinawan Prefectural Budokan was again the venue for the seminars that were held on the 4-5th November 2010. An estimated two hundred karateka gathered from all over the world to consolidate and celebrate Matsubayashi Ryu karate do.
Under the guidance of Soke, Takayoshi Nagamine, Hanshisei and with support from Kancho, Yoshitaka Taira, Arakaki sensei, Higa sensei and Shinjo sensei the seminar attendee's had the opportunity to work, correct, fine tune and reinforce many area's of their technique.
Kata,Yakusoku Kumite,Kata Urawaza and mat work kept everyone busy.Special mention must also be made to the many other Okinawan Sensei and visiting WMKA instructors that helped with the vast numbers present.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience had by all where meeting, greeting and training with so many Matsubayashi Ryu karateka will be long remembered ,and the bento box lunches were fantastic.

Budokan road
door
Heading to the Budokan
This is it!
The Budokan
This composite picture gives you some idea of the interior of the Budokan.
Jim Johnston
Kevin Plaisted
Tim Herlihy
The kiwis soak up the atmosphere and warm up before the seminars.
mat work 1
Mat work 2
Seminar mat work
kiwis and Kancho
Arriving at Nagamine Honbu dojo for the testing.
One of the promotion panels at Nagamine Honbu dojo.
Jim Johnston, Shihan Kevin Plaisted, Kancho Yoshitaka Taira, Sensei Tim Herlihy.
Grp 1
Grp2
Tony Gibson (Canada), Sensei Tim,
Shihan Kevin, Sensei Gerard Cappiello (USA)
Sensei Tim Herlihy, Sensei Walter Rowden  (USA),
Sensei Kevin Plaisted, Sensei Ed Barron (USA)
Grp3
Shihandai Higa, Sensei Steve Trombley (Canada), Shihan Kevin Plaisted
Shihan Plaisted, testing for nana dan, demonstrates kata Chinto.
Pacific Hotel celebrations
 
The Pacific Hotel in Nishi, Naha city, Okinawa was the venue for the 75th Foundation Celebrations for Matsubayashi Ryu Karate do and the 13th Memorial Demonstrations in honour of the Late Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine.
Held on the 6th November this special event was attended by many government and city dignitaries and also prominent Okinawan karate and kobudo masters.
Dojo owners and country representatives gathered on stage while  opening and dedication speeches, which paid tribute to Master Shoshin Nagamine and the Matsubayashi Ryu organisation, were made. The national anthem followed by O'Sensei Nagamine's Karate-do sanka were played, after whichTaikai participants left the stage to prepare for the event.
Forty three demonstrations were displayed to entertain the large audience during the course of the day, included were a variety of Matsubayashi Ryu kata, kobudo, bunkai and yakusoku kumite .
The kiwi team were the first representatives from an overseas dojo to take the stage. Kevin sensei, Tim sensei and Jim demonstrated kata "Rohai" and  felt pleased with their performance. view video of demonstration
 
It was a unanimous feeling amongst all those that participated in the Taikai that, "This was a wonderful experience". Having the opportunity to celebrate Matsubayashi Ryu at such a unique occasion will be a memory that we will carry and treasure for a long time.
 
After the conclusion of the demonstrations closing speeches were made by Kancho Taira, Soke Nagamine and other dignitaries to end the Taikai.
 
The dinner banquet that followed was absolutely fantastic with many delicious dishes and beverages available and readily consumed. Good food, good company and great entertainment ( classic dance ) was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine
O'sensei Nagamine
Kyoshi obi



Karate-do Sanka
written by
Shoshin Nagamine



Aa sanjento hi no hikari

Myo gunjorno umi no iro

Saekeki shima no tokonga

Saegigaumishi mute no ken.

Kokoro o Kitau, mi o kitau

Aa, Okinawa no, Karate-do!



Aa ware osou tekki araba

Shurei no kuni ni shingiari

Tetsu no kobushi wa kanzento

Niku o kirasete, hone no utsu

Kokoro o mamaru, Mi o mamaru.

Aa, Okinawa no, Karate-do!



Aa tensenshi kodai yori

Hewa no kane wa naritsutau

Semeru ni arazu fusegu waza

Gotai ga bukizo kono karate

Kokoro o tadasu, mi o tadasu

Aa Okinawa no Karate-do!


_________



Ah, beautiful islands of sunlight,

And the colour of the sea,

The proud fighting spirit of the Islanders

and the empty handed Sword of Justice.

Hardening both spirit and body

Ah, this is Okinawan Karate-do!



O, but if an enemy should happen to attack us,

and the method of courtesy prove to no avail,

if he should cut our flesh with his iron weapon,

even then we will punch through to his bones.

Defending the soul, protecting the body,

Ah, this is Okinawan Karate-do!



O! Ever since the mythical ancestry of Japan,

the bell of peace has been ringing continually in Okinawa.

The way of courtesy and the five bodily weapons of Karate together,

Clears our heart, straightens our body,

Ah, this is Okinawan Karate-do!










Dedication
Kancho,Yoshitaka Taira reads a dedication to O'sensei Nagamine with dojo owners and representatives on stage.
Soke, Takayoshi Nagamine
Shihan Kevin is presented with his kyoshi obi by Kancho Taira.
juniors
Rohai
Budokan Seminars
 
The Okinawan Prefectural Budokan was again the venue for the seminars that were held on the 4-5th November 2010. An estimated two hundred karateka gathered from all over the world to consolidate and celebrate Matsubayashi Ryu karate do.
Under the guidance of Soke, Takayoshi Nagamine, Hanshisei and with support from Kancho, Yoshitaka Taira, Arakaki sensei, Higa sensei and Shinjo sensei the seminar attendee's had the opportunity to work, correct, fine tune and reinforce many area's of their technique.
Kata,Yakusoku Kumite,Kata Urawaza and mat work kept everyone busy.Special mention must also be made to the many other Okinawan Sensei and visiting WMKA instructors that helped with the vast numbers present.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience had by all where meeting, greeting and training with so many Matsubayashi Ryu karateka will be long remembered ,and the bento box lunches were fantastic.

New Zealands Matsubayashi Ryu team demonstrate kata Rohai
Juniors from various dojo demonstrate their kata
Grp4
Grp5
Jim, Sensei Kevin, Sensei Tim, Sensei Steve Will (USA)
Manabu Sensei (Taira dojo), Jim, Yonaeda san (Osaka Japan)
Grp6
Grp7
John Carlyle sensei (Australia) and Tim Herlihy sensei.
Kodokan Taira Karate dojo members with family & friends of
the late Shinjo sensei

Grp8
Kevin Plaisted sensei, Tsuguo Sakumoto sensei (Ryuei Ryu) and Kancho Yoshitaka Taira
See more photos of this visit

The Matsubayashi Ryu anniversary celebrations held during the 3rd - 6th November 2010 in Okinawa  were, for us and the many we spoke to, a resounding success. It was amazing to Meet and socialise with people  that share the same passion and vision about karate and Matsubayashi ryu .Old friendships were strengthened and new friendships made.

Maori proverb:  "Tuia i te herenga tangata" 
                           "Bind us where people meet "
 
Shihan Kevin Plaisted, Sensei Tim Herlihy and Jim Johnston
would like to say many thanks to all those they met in Okinawa during this visit.
 Especially to
Sensei Steve Trombley
(Ontario, Canada), Sensei Gerard Cappiello ( New York, USA) and Tony Gibson ( Ontario, Canada.)

The Budokan
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This composite picture gives an idea of the interior of the Budokan.
kiwis and Kancho
Jim Johnston, Shihan Kevin Plaisted, Kancho Yoshitaka Taira, Sensei Tim Herlihy.
Grp 1
Grp2
Tony Gibson (Canada),
Sensei Tim, Shihan Kevin, Sensei Gerard Cappiello (USA)
Sensei Tim Herlihy,
Sensei Walter Rowden  (USA), Sensei Kevin Plaisted,
Sensei Ed Barron (USA)
Grp3
Shihandai Higa, Sensei Steve Trombley (Canada),
Shihan Kevin Plaisted
Pacific Hotel celebrations
 
The Pacific Hotel in Nishi, Naha city, Okinawa was the venue for the 75th Foundation Celebrations for Matsubayashi Ryu Karate do and the 13th Memorial Demonstrations in honour of the Late Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine.
Held on the 6th November this special event was attended by many government and city dignitaries and also prominent Okinawan karate and kobudo masters.
Dojo owners and country representatives gathered on stage while  opening and dedication speeches, which paid tribute to Master Shoshin Nagamine and the Matsubayashi Ryu organisation, were made. The national anthem followed by O'Sensei Nagamine's Karate-do sanka were played, after whichTaikai participants left the stage to prepare for the event.
Forty three demonstrations were displayed to entertain the large audience during the course of the day, included were a variety of Matsubayashi Ryu kata, kobudo, bunkai and yakusoku kumite .
The kiwi team were the first representatives from an overseas dojo to take the stage. Kevin sensei, Tim sensei and Jim demonstrated kata "Rohai" and  felt pleased with their performance.
video of demonstration       >
 
It was a unanimous feeling amongst all those that participated in the Taikai that, "This was a wonderful experience". Having the opportunity to celebrate Matsubayashi Ryu at such a unique occasion will be a memory that we will carry and treasure for a long time.
 
After the conclusion of the demonstrations closing speeches were made by Kancho Taira, Soke Nagamine and other dignitaries to end the Taikai.
 
The dinner banquet that followed was absolutely fantastic with many delicious dishes and beverages available and readily consumed. Good food, good company and great entertainment ( classic dance ) was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Dedication
Soke, Takayoshi Nagamine
Kancho,Yoshitaka Taira reads a dedication to O'sensei Nagamine with dojo owners and representatives on stage.
juniors
Rohai
The Kiwi's  demonstrate
kata Rohai
Juniors from various dojo demonstrate their kata
Grp4
Grp5
Manabu Sensei (Taira dojo), Jim, Yonaeda san (Osaka Japan)
Jim, Sensei Kevin, Sensei Tim, Sensei Steve Will (USA)
Grp7
Grp6
John Carlyle sensei (Australia) and Tim Herlihy sensei.
Kodokan Taira Karate dojo members with family & friends of
the late Shinjo sensei
Grp8
Kevin Plaisted sensei, Tsuguo Sakumoto sensei (Ryuei Ryu) and Kancho Yoshitaka Taira

The Matsubayashi Ryu anniversary celebrations held during the 3rd - 6th November 2010 in Okinawa  were, for us and the many we spoke to, a resounding success. It was amazing to Meet and socialise with people  that share the same passion and vision about karate and Matsubayashi ryu .Old friendships were strengthened and new friendships made.

Maori proverb:  "Tuia i te herenga tangata" 
                           "Bind us where people meet "
 
Shihan Kevin Plaisted, Sensei Tim Herlihy and Jim Johnston
would like to say many thanks to all those they met in Okinawa during this visit.
 Especially to
Sensei Steve Trombley
(Ontario, Canada), Sensei Gerard Cappiello ( New York, USA) and Tony Gibson ( Ontario, Canada.)