The “100 Kata for Karate Day” Challenge 3



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!

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Noah

About Noah

I began training in karate (Shuri-Ryu) in the Summer of 2006. Subsequently, I started training in judo, kobudo, and iaijutsu within the next 6 months. During my training there, I earned the rank of Sankyu (3rd Degree Brown Belt) in Shuri-Ryu, Gokyu (Green Belt) in judo, a certification in the use of the bo, and passed proficiency tests for the four tachigata of Shinkage-Ryu iaijutsu. I moved to Arizona in the Summer of 2008, and continued training and researching karate at home. I continued regular training in judo at a local club until 2010, when I was able to start training in Shorin-Ryu with Sensei Richard Poage. I have been training with him ever since, and currently hold the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Shorin-Ryu under him. In addition, I began studying KishimotoDi under Sensei Ulf Karlsson in 2014.


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