Unlock the secrets of Okinawa’s martial art — a rich culture and heritage
Okinawa is not just a sub-tropical paradise, known for stunning beaches and convivial island culture. These isles have an ancient history as the Ryukyu Kingdom long before their assimilation into Japan. One common thread connecting this rich past with the present is the ancient martial art of karate.
Developed over centuries, with influence drawn from Okinawa’s various neighbors in the Western Pacific, karate is now an Olympic sport and martial art practiced by millions worldwide. But its origins in Okinawa are as a secretive fighting style, handed down by masters to a select few students of each generation.
Today, the veil of secrecy is lifted, but to train with a master in Okinawa remains an exclusive and privileged experience. With the right connections though, introductory lessons and even karate tours can be found in the land of its birth.
Some search out a class at a famous dojo, while others go further, with a training course of several days. Those with experience can gain a lot from a private lesson, or a deep dive into a style or form they have yet to master. Anyone can appreciate a demonstration by a true master or elite athlete.
Whatever your level, an Okinawa karate experience offers a fascinating way to discover the unique culture and the wonderful people who make the islands their home.
Okinawa Industry Support Center 2F, 1831-1 Oroku, Naha-shi, Okinawa