2020 Okinawa Gasshuku

As of 29 June 2020 we have received notification from Okinawa that the 2020 Okinawa Gojuryu Kenkyukai seminar will not be proceeding.

From Glenn McIlvride Sensei:

[Taira sensei]  has decided that given the situation with Covid-19 and the fact that Tokyo is currently experiencing a resurgence in cases he has decided to cancel the November Okinawa Seminar. The Okinawa Government announced last week that the Naha Matsuri and Tug of War scheduled for late October has also been cancelled for the same reasons. Moving forward and holding the seminar despite the cancellation of other events in Naha would not be looked upon in a favourable light by local government and so we will look to host the seminar either next year or the following.






  • When:  Thu 12 Nov - Sat 14 Nov 2020
  • How Much: Y20,000 seminar fee
  • Are the dates firm:
    • Yes. The venue is booked
  • Where: the Okinawa Karate Kaikan. That's the new headquarters for Okinawa Karate
  • Who can come:
    • We welcome members of the Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai
    • That means you are an individual member, or a member of a Shibu or Jun Shibu Dojo
  • What if I'm not a member of the Kenkyukai?
  • Is the training rank restricted?
    • No. Be a member of the Kenkyukai. There is no grade/rank restriction
  • Can I bring Juniors?
    • Taira sensei generally does not welcome Juniors to Seminars. The International seminar is an exception. Bring your juniors, they will be provided with appropriate training. Same fee.
  • What about other training with Taira Sensei?
    • We're expecting nearly 150 people. Taira sensei's home dojo takes aboout 15. You do the math. No. Nothing planned. 
  • Can we book accommodation yet?
    • Of course you can. Okinawa is a major tourist destination. There are lots of hotels.
    • But Glenn booked for me last time? Maybe, but he's about booked out everything now, some very large contingents have made block bulk bookings as soon as they were able. If you haven't booked with Glenn, then you're probably out of luck. 
  • Gradings?
    • Undecided.
  • Social venues & Events?
    • To be determined. 

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