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.
Over a century ago, in the small village of Chan, on a small island in the south pacific, a boy was born. One day he would become a Karate Master whose art would reach beyond the shores of Okinawa and spread across the globe.
“Dragon Man” of Isshin Ryu, Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei (September 19, 1908 – May 30, 1975)
A few tips: Stay hydrated through the day. Bring a water bottle. Wear clothes that are comfortable for exercise. Remove watches/jewelry/etc to prevent damage and injury. Alert the instructor to any injuries or restrictions you may have. If you are feeling under the weather, take the day off.
Special Olympics Pennsylvania has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2023 Summer Games scheduled from June 8-10 at Penn State University due to air quality concerns. While this news is incredibly disappointing for all of us, the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, staff and partners is our top priority.
People with intellectual disabilities have higher rates of adverse health conditions and are therefore at greater risk. Based on the best information available from a variety of reputable sources, we do not believe conditions in State College would permit us to safely conduct these Games.
While canceling events is truly heartbreaking for the athletes who have trained for months – as well as for our volunteers, family, friends, staff and board – we know that our love of sport can’t compare to the importance of protecting the health and safety of all involved.