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Thank You Veterans!

Isshin Ryu was spread to the U.S. by servicemen and women that studied in Okinawa. The Penn State Karate Club owes a great debt to Sensei Carol Liskai and Sensei Stuart Dorow. Both served in the Marines and were first generation students of Grandmaster Tastsuo Shimabuku.

October 25th is designated as “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.

Large Karate demonstrations, like the following video, are held in Okinawa on October 25th to commemorate the Meeting Of The Masters and celebrate the Okinawan art of Karate.

The declaration of KARATE NO HI (空手の日) KARATE DAY

http://okic.okinawa/en/archives/newstopics/536?fbclid=IwAR1XjOCKa73yxfJPnqnTzgmMkSVwrRhQcWz1QcJhaUoHbchdR4u9Qx2kyY8

In October, Okinawa is full of big events with strong elements of Okinawan tradition and culture!

The Naha Great Tug-of-War Festival features the world’s biggest straw rope, recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. The Shurijo Castle Festival highlights the Ryukyu Dynasty Emaki Gyoretsu Parade by a total of approx. 700 people. On Karate Day, more than 2,000 Karate enthusiasts demonstrate together. Also, The Okinawa-no Sangyo Matsuri (Okinawa Industrial Festival), which puts made-in-Okinawa products on display all in one place, will be held in late October.
Do not miss these big events that represent Okinawa!

🔹The Naha Great Tug-of-War Festival
Saturday, October 12 to Monday, October 14, 2019
– Saturday, October 12: Shimin Engei Minzoku Dentou Geinou Parade (citizens’ entertainment and traditional folk arts parade) [Kokusai Street]
– Sunday, October 13: Naha Otsunahiki and Otsunahiki Gyoretsu (The Naha Great Tug-of-War and Great Tug-of-War Parade) [Kumoji crossing on Route 58]
– Saturday, October 12 to Monday, October 14: RBC Shimin (civic) Festival & Orion Beer Paradise [Onoyama General Athletic Park]

🔹Ryukyu Dynasty Emaki Gyoretsu Parade in Shurijo Castle Festival
12:30 to 14:30, Sunday, October 27, 2019 [Kokusai Street]

🔹Karate Day Anniversary Demonstration Festival
15:30 to 17:00, Sunday, October 27, 2019 [Kokusai Street]

🔹43rd Okinawa-no Sangyo Matsuri (Okinawa Industrial Festival)
10:00 to 19:00, Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27, 2019 [Okinawa Prefectural Budokan, Onoyama Park]

For information about events in Okinawa:
http://bit.ly/2nIZZ9j

Registration for fall Karate Fitwell Classes Extended!

IM Building, University Park, PA

Registration for the fall Karate Fitwell classes in IM Bldg on Sundays and Wednesdays has been extended. Contact Campus Rec with registration questions. 814-867-1600 or recmembership@psu.edu.

Registration info:
https://pennstatecampusrec.org/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=991e87d7-7396-433b-8fde-5c93a89e8316&semesterId=2f587999-1394-4d89-bcb1-0e23d19ef168

Register for Fitwell Karate Class by Monday!

Class size for the Campus Recreation Karate in IM Building is limited. Registration extended through Monday, September 23rd to participate in the Fall 2019 class.

Registration info:
https://pennstatecampusrec.org/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=991e87d7-7396-433b-8fde-5c93a89e8316&semesterId=2f587999-1394-4d89-bcb1-0e23d19ef168

Free Trial Fitwell Karate Class in IM Bldg Rm15 Sunday!

Fitness and Wellness Karate Class starts at 7:30PM on Sunday the 15th. Room 15 is mat/wrestling room on the lower level of IM Bldg. Wear your white Karate gi if you have one, or exercise clothing. For safety, please remove all jewelry, watches, etc. before class begins.

Fitwell Karate Class registration info:
https://pennstatecampusrec.org/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=991e87d7-7396-433b-8fde-5c93a89e8316&semesterId=2f587999-1394-4d89-bcb1-0e23d19ef168