On October 25th, 2005, the Okinawan government, in partnership with several Okinawan karate masters, held the first Karate no Hi (Karate Day) celebration in Naha, Okinawa. Since then, every year there are demonstrations and seminars on the 25th of October to support and spread awareness of Okinawan karate. This year, the DOJO Bar has gotten together with some other sponsors to try to start a new Karate Day tradition–the 100 Kata Challenge.
|Chibana Chosin performing Naihanchi Shodan–the kata my dojo will be running for the challenge|
The idea behind this challenge is to bring karateka from all over the world together–in person, and in spirit–to train hard and pay homage to our roots. The main get-together is on Okinawa, of course, but they are hoping that people in other countries will participate in their own dojo, parks, or back yards. Since the US is about a day behind Okinawa, we will be doing it at 4pm on October 24th. For more information, or to sign up your dojo to participate, check out the Challenge Okinawa website!