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Karate is in the Olympic Games. The 129th Session of the International Olympic Committee being held in Rio de Janeiro has decided to incorporate the sport of Karate in the programme of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This decision represents an outstanding and ground-breaking moment for this ancient discipline.

The hopes and dreams of millions of Karatekas around the world came true today. After hundreds of years of history of this sport, and following many years of hard work by the WKF, the Karate family has finally fulfilled their dream of seeing this discipline in the Olympic Games. This will be accomplished precisely in Tokyo, the capital city of the birth nation of the sport.

In its press release, IOC described the decision as “the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic programme in modern history”.
Source WKF

Obituary: Yasuharu Makishi sensei
Former President of World Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do Association (WMKA) Mr. Yasuharu Makishi, Hanshi 10th Dan passed away on 31st May 2013 aged 73. Truly a lovely gentleman. He was renowned for his kata technique especially his signature kata, Chatan Yara no Kusanku. He was a long time president of WMKA under Soke Takayoshi Nagamine and worked hard until Soke's Passing away last year.
Yasuharu Makishi Hanshi 10th dan
24th November 1939 - 31 May 2013

Karate dropped from shortlist for 2020 Olympics.
Squash, baseball/softball and wrestling beat off five other sports to remain in contention to be added to the Olympic Games programme in 2020.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide on one remaining place in the programme in September.

The IOC has dropped wushu, wakeboarding, roller sports, karate and sport climbing from the shortlist.
"It was never going to be an easy decision," said IOC President Jacques Rogge.
"But I feel my colleagues on the board made a good decision in selecting baseball/softball, squash and wrestling to be put forward in Buenos Aires [where the decision will be made]."

WKF campaign for inclusion of Karate at 2020 Olympics.
The World Karate Federation has launched its campaign to have Karate as a sport at the 2020 Olympic Games. You will find more information at its new dedicated website  and at the campaigns Facebook page  The K Is On The Way Karate 2020  

K is on the way

New WMKA President. Yoshitaka Taira.
Yoshitaka Taira, Hanshi 10th dan
photograph by: Chris Willson

Yoshitaka Taira, Hanshi 10th dan was elected   President of (WMKA) the World Matsubayashi-ryu Karate Association in June 2012 following the sudden death of Soke, Takayoshi Nagamine, Hanshisei 10th dan, in April 2012. Also elected as new Vice-President is Toshimitsu Arakaki, Hanshi 10th dan.

Obituary: Takayoshi Nagamine sensei

Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, head of the World Matsubayashi-ryu (Shorin-ryu) Karate-Do Association  passed away on 25th April 2012. The son of Shoshin Nagamine  sensei, the founder of  Matsubayashi-ryu, Soke Takayoshi Nagamine dedicated himself to preserving his father's teachings and the legacy of Matsubayashi-ryu.
Soke, Takayoshi Nagamine, Hanshisei 10th dan
12 August 1945 - 25 April 2012

Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau
New website launched 28 November 2011
Karate is a cultural heritage of Okinawa. It is characterized by the importance of developing a proper spirit and valuing martial attitude. Established in July 2011, the Okinawa Traditional Karate Networking Executive Committee, headed by Nashiro Masaichiro, intends to promote Okinawan traditional karate to the world, reaffirming and establishing the international status of “Okinawa, birthplace of karate”. So doing, we aim at contributing to the further industrial development of Okinawa through tourism activities and related business.
 Aiming at promoting Okinawa Karate and kobudo worldwide, the website Okinawa Traditional Karate Liaison Bureau was released November 28, 2011. Information is available in English, Spanish, French and Japanese.
A project sponsored by the Okinawa Prefecture Government, we stand as a neutral organization which main goal is to help those who have no connection yet with Okinawa karate circles but wish to train in the birthplace of karate, Okinawa. Furthermore, we will strive in providing information on a daily basis about Okinawa and its most valuable cultural asset, karate.
Together with this website, we have set a phone line where we can be contacted for matters related to karate. The number is +81-98-934-4334 from outside Okinawa and 098-934-4334 from within Okinawa.

Matsubayashi Ryu Celebrations a success
The official website of the world Matsubayashi ryu Association declares that its celebrations held in November 2010 were a great success. The celebrations were for the 75th anniversary of the founding of Matsubayashi ryu karate-do and the 13th memorial karate-do demonstration for the the late Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine.
The event was held over several days in Naha City, Okinawa, Japan.
Over two hundred Matsubayashi ryu practitioners from around the world attended a seminar hosted by Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, head of the World Matsubayashi ryu Association. The event involved training and grading of many attendees and was also a great social occasion.
The event concluded with a large demonstration and banquet

Anniversary of Matsubayashi Ryu Karate-Do 2010
Also commemorates the 13th year since the passing of Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine. This event will be held at the Okinawa Budokan, Onoyama, Naha, Okinawa. It will include Promotion testing, Karate Seminars, Karate demonstrations and a celebration banquet

Matsubayashi Ryu Celebrations 2010
Okinawa Japan is gearing up for a momentous celebration in November 2010, to be held  in honour of  Matsubayashi Ryu and it's founder O'Sensei Shoshin Nagamine. Karateka from around the world are expected to make the pilgrimage to Okinawa, 'the birth place of karate". Matsubayashi Ryu karate spans the whole world and many countries including, Japan, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, Norway and Ireland will have representatives there.

Karate fails to convince IOC
Rugby 7's and Golf have been chosen ahead of Karate for Olympic Games inclusion
"I feel that it is a very negative message for those on the outside," World Karate  Federation chief Antonio Espinos said after the shortlist was announced. "I don't see when on the horizon we might have this possibility."
"I don't know how much more we can do, in terms of development of our sport, to convince the IOC," he said of the sport which claims to have 100 million active athletes of all ages worldwide.

WKF presentation before the IOC Executive Board
A World Karate Federation delegation presented the candidature of the WKF and Karate for the 2016 Olympic Games to the International Olympic Committee Executive Board Monday 15th June 2009
The presentation was well received by the IOC Executive Board; it covered all aspects of both the World Karate Federation and of the sport of Karate, including the added value that Karate will give to the Olympic Program and vice-versa, and also the impact that the acceptance of Karate will have on the push of the social values of Karate worldwide. Other outstanding features highlighted were the universality of the sport and the simplicity and low cost that the incorporation of Karate to the Games would suppose.
Now the IOC Executive Board will meet again in Berlin on the 13th August 2009 and will decide what 2 sports (maximum) from the 7 candidates it will propose and submit to the Copenhagen IOC Session for approval; this will take place on the 9th October 2009.

2009 Okinawa Traditional Karatedo World Tournament - application deadline extended
The deadline for applications has been extended to
30th April 2009

2009 Okinawa Traditional Karatedo World Tournament
The offical website for the 2009 Okinawa Traditional Karatedo  World Tournament is now available. All information and application forms are available from this site
Okinawa World Karate Tournament 2009 News
The logo of the 2009 Okinawa Traditional Karatedo & Kobudo World Tournament has been unveiled.
Designed as a calligraphy in regards to the stoic will power of karate, the K stands for Karate and Kobudo, while the circle, symbol of Japan, represents Okinawa.
2009 logo

The black embodies physical and spiritual power and also includes the black belt concept.The red, opposite of black, stands for the passion of those involved in Okinawa karatedo and kobudo as well as for Okinawa's tropical atmosphere.

Okinawa World Karate Tournament 2009 schedule
The schedule for the 2009 Okinawa Traditional Karatedo World Tournament has been released.
August 14 (Fri)
Opening Ceremony and Demonstrations
August 15 (Sat)

Karate and kobudo kata competitions
August 16 (Sun)
1. Seminars by Living Intangible Cultural Asset Holders in the field of  Okinawan karate and kobudo recognized by the Okinawa Prefecture;
. Seminars by 13 masters representing the main styles of Okinawa karate and kobudo;
Farewell Party

The executive committee home page
will be available from February for registration.

Seminar Instructors for
Okinawa World Karate Tournament 2009
The list of the instructors who will be giving seminars in August has  been announced. Many of these Instructors are designated intangible cultural assets by both the Okinawan Prefectural Government and the  Japanese Government.

    * Katsuya Miyahira 10th dan   Kobayashi (Shorin-ryu )
    * Shugoro Nakazato 10th dan Kobayashi ( Shorin-ryu )
   * Koshin Iha 10th dan Goju-ryu
    * Ryuko Tomoyose 10th dan Shohei-ryu (Uechi-ryu )
    * Joen Nakazato 10th dan Shorinji-ryu
    * Kosei Wakugawa 10th dan Goju-ryu
    * Morio Higaonna 10th dan    Goju-ryu,
    * Masahiro Nakamoto 10th dan Okinawa Kobudo
    * Kotaro Iha 10th dan           Ryukyu Kobudo
    * Minoru Higa 10th dan  Kobayashi (Shorin-ryu )
    * Seitoku Matayoshi 10th dan Goju-ryu,
    * Zenpo Shimabukuro 10th dan Shorin-ryu
    * Takayoshi Nagamine 10th dan Matsubayashi (Shorin-ryu)
    * Meitetsu Yagi 10th dan         Goju-ryu
    * Isamu Arakaki 9th dan Kobayashi (Shorin -ryu )
    * Tsuguo Sakumoto 9th dan Ryuei-ryu
    * Kiyohide Shinjo 8th dan     Uechi-ryu
    * Hiroshi Akamine 7th dan  Ryukyu Kobudo

Okinawa World Karate Tournament 2009 Update
On Thursday, November 6, 2008, the Okinawa Governor and President of the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai Hirokazu Nakaima officially established the Executive Committee for the 2009 Okinawa Traditional Karatedo & Kobudo World Tournament.The ceremony was held at the Okinawa Prefecture Government Office and all the major karate associations' representatives were present, together with the main local companies that will support the event.The tournament will be co-hosted by the tournament’s executive committee and the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai. As Governor Nakaima mentioned, "This tournament is a commemorative event for the creation of the Shinkokai."The official dates are August 14-16, 2009.The tournament will be held at the Okinawa Prefectural Hall of Martial Arts (Okinawa Kenritsu Budokan)Preparation and promotion for the event started right away with a secretariat office set within the Prefectural building. A website should be set up by January 2009 and registration for participants should be accepted from January to March 2009.

Okinawa World Karate Tournament 2009
The next Okinawa World Tournament's dates have been finalised and announced by the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai. The event will take place on 14 - 16 August , 2009 in Okinawa, Japan.

World Tournament in 2009
The Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai has announced after a meeting with the Okinawa Prefectural Government that an Okinawa Karate Kobudo World Tournament will be held in August 2009 in Okinawa.

Okinawa Dento Karate-do Shinkokai
The four major Karate Organisations in Okinawa have unified under the newly formed Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai. There are six Board of Directors from each of the four major Karate Organizations sitting on the board. The purpose of this new organization is to promote Traditional Okinawan Karate-Do.

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