Monthly Archives: October 2023

October 25th is “Karate Day” in Okinawa

On this day in 1936, prominent Okinawan masters gathered in Naha and formally adopted the term Kara-Te 唐手 (empty hand). The masters present included Hanashiro Chomo (1869-1945), Kyan Chotoku (1870-1945), Motobu Choki (1871-1944), Miyagi Chojun (1888-1953), Kiyoda Juhatsu (1886-1967, Chibana Chosin (1885-1969), and Shinpan Shiroma (1890-1954).
*The three highlighted in bold text are Shimabuku Tatsuo’s teachers.

This year the OKINAWA KARATE SPIRIT〜沖縄県空手振興課公式チャネル〜 channel on YouTube will be streaming some of the events starting at 10PM our time.

Additional information is available through the Okinawan Karate Information Center: