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100 Kobudo Kata Challenge at the Karate Kaikan, Okinawa

100 Kobudo Kata Event at Karate Kaikan, Okinawa, Japan

A few pics from today’s 100 Kobudo Kata Challenge at the new Karate Kaikan in Tomigusku, Okinawa.

100 Kobudo Kata Event at Karate Kaikan, Okinawa, Japan

The event was organized by James Pankiewicz of the Dojo Bar in Naha. The welcoming message was given by Toshimitsu Arakaki, 10th dan Matsubayashi-ryu karate.

100 Kobudo Kata Event at Karate Kaikan, Okinawa, Japan

Participants spent 2 to 3 hours performing a hundred kata with various weapons including bo staff and sai.

100 Kobudo Kata Event at Karate Kaikan, Okinawa, Japan100 Kobudo Kata Event at Karate Kaikan, Okinawa, Japan100 Kobudo Kata Event at Karate Kaikan, Okinawa, Japan

Congratulations to all that took part, it was great to see people actively helping keep Okinawan traditions alive.

100 Kobudo Kata Event at Karate Kaikan, Okinawa, Japan

I also got to take a few new “Beyond the Dojo” pics of Arakaki sensei outside of the new Karate Kaikan building. Arakaki-sensei demonstrates a technique with two sai, while also reminding me that “Iron Fist” isn’t just something from comic books.  100 Kobudo Kata Event at Karate Kaikan, Okinawa, Japan

Gear: Pentax 645Z with 25mm lens. Profoto B1 with softlight reflector white.

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