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Karate Day – October 25th

Karate Day Demonstrations at Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

Karate Day Demonstrations at Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

On Okinawa, October 25th is Karate Day. There have been various events happening all month, but yesterday the main ceremony took place at Shuri Castle.

Karate Day Demonstrations at Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

Karate Day Demonstrations at Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

As you can imagine, there were a lot of black belts, and quite a few red / white belts worn by the masters of certain karate styles.

Karate Day Demonstrations at Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

Karate Day Demonstrations at Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

There were a few demonstrations of traditional kata both in groups and alone.

Karate Day Demonstrations at Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

Karate Day Demonstrations at Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

And some set movement sparring

Karate Day Demonstrations at Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

Karate Day Demonstrations at Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

Kiyohide Shinjo demonstrated why he’s known as the Okinawan Superman.

Karate Day Demonstrations at Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

Karate Day Demonstrations at Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

And why he doesn’t need an axe to chop firewood.

Karate Day Demonstrations at Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

Karate Day Demonstrations at Shuri Castle, Naha, Okinawa

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