Karate Masters Portrait Project, Okinawa
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Shintoku Takara 10th dan Okinawa Uechi-ryu

On Monday evening I photographed Shintoku Takara, 10th dan Okinawa Uechi-ryu Karatedo Kyokai. At 86 years old Takara sensei is one of the elder statesmen of Okinawa karate. We met at the family dojo in Kitanakagusku, but on finding out we live in Motobu he was excited to tell us how their family was from Bise Village just a couple of kilometers from our home.

One interesting bit of trivia about Takara sensei is that he was one of the Uechi-ryu masters who taught F1 champion Nigel Mansell in Okinawa . Mansell received his shodan certificate in 1994 (1st dan black belt).

Shitoku Takara 10th dan Okinawa Uechi-ryu Karatedo Kyokai (D.0.B. 10/05/1930)

Shitoku Takara 10th dan Okinawa Uechi-ryu Karatedo Kyokai 

Shintoku Takara 10th dan Okinawa Uechi-ryu Karatedo Kyokai (D.0.B. 10/05/1930)

Shintoku Takara 10th dan Okinawa Uechi-ryu Karatedo Kyokai 

Shintoku Takara 10th dan Okinawa Uechi-ryu Karatedo Kyokai (D.0.B. 10/05/1930)

Shintoku Takara 10th dan Okinawa Uechi-ryu Karatedo Kyokai 

Shintoku Takara 10th dan Okinawa Uechi-ryu Karatedo Kyokai (D.0.B. 10/05/1930)

Shintoku Takara 10th dan Okinawa Uechi-ryu Karatedo Kyokai 

We photographed Takara sensei along with his son Kazuya Shintoku, and his grandson Uechi Takenori. This is the first time for us to photograph three generations of karateka together.

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Kazuya Takara 8th dan, Shnitoku Takara 10th dan, Takenori Uechi, Okinawa Uechi-ryu Karatedo Kyokai

 

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