2015 Karate Day Challenges


Participants of the first ever 100 Kata Challenge on Okinawa

Participants of the first ever 100 Kata Challenge on Okinawa

 

Some of you may remember that, last year, our dojo participated in a new tradition to celebrate Karate no Hi (Karate Day)–the 100 Kata Challenge. For those who are unfamiliar, Karate Day was designated by the Okinawan Prefectural Government in 2005, as a way to celebrate the importance of karate in Okinawan culture. The date of October 25th was chosen, as it is the anniversary of the 1936 “Meeting of the Masters,” during which the word “karate” (“open hand”) was chosen to represent their art. Last year, James Pankiewicz, the owner of the famous DOJO Bar, challenged karate practitioners around the world to perform 100 kata in a row on October 25th. This was a great success, and I’m looking forward to doing it, again, this year! To sign up, go to the Challenge Okinawa website!

 


This year, my friends over at Karate Culture have put forth a kata challenge of their own, inspired by Karate Day. Their challenge is simple, but fun–you record and upload a video of yourself performing a kata, and challenge someone else to do the same. For some, this is no big deal, but to others it might be a monumental task. Either way, it allows people to see the art you practice, and share in it. You can watch the Karate Culture challenge video, above, and my response, below. While I had three people in mind to challenge, specifically, I urge all of my readers to take part, as well!

 

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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.