A few pics from today’s 100 Kobudo Kata Challenge at the new Karate Kaikan in Tomigusku, Okinawa.
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.
Participants spent 2 to 3 hours performing a hundred kata with various weapons including bo staff and sai.
Congratulations to all that took part, it was great to see people actively helping keep Okinawan traditions alive.
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.
Gear: Pentax 645Z with 25mm lens. Profoto B1 with softlight reflector white.