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Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum

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Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum

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Kieran B wrote a review May 2020
14 contributions2 helpful votes
The 1st original Karate / Kobudo museum in the world. The Okinawa prefecture Karate Kobudo museum is situated on the 2nd floor, above the Hokama Karate Dojo (International Kenshikai HQ). This is a fully working Dojo, with weekly classes for local students and private lessons for visitors (Y3,000 by request). Many people visit the museum while training is taking place down stairs and this creates a fantastic atmosphere. Hokama Sensei is a 10th Dan Karate Hanshi (Goju Ryu) and 10th Dan Kobudo Hanshi (Matayoshi Kobudo). Now 75 years old, he has been training since he was 7 years old! As well as being a world class martial arts master, he is recognised by the Japanese government as a historian. He has written over 30 books on martial arts history. He is also a master of Shodo - the art of Japanese calligraphy. Custom Shodo is available during your visit. Mr Hokama will write anything you like i.e. name of your Dojo, childs name etc. on wood or paper. You can either bring your own item, or purchase at the museum.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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Werewolf333 wrote a review May 2019
Singapore, Singapore11 contributions13 helpful votes
Nice to go through the history of karate n it conclude that all are of a single family since the art started
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Date of experience: March 2019
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850laue wrote a review Feb 2019
Singapore156 contributions14 helpful votes
We went there because my son does Russian martial art and keen to explore all forms of martial arts. Also he did a year of karate when young. It was amazing to find out that karate started out from Okinawa. We were meant to spent a very short time here and move on to other tourist sites. In the end we spent a whole day and skipped alternative plans for the day. The Soke was extremely friendly and welcoming. You pay 300 yen each for admission and 100 yen for photography. He had so many awards from all around the world for his work in promoting karate. We spent 6500 yen in getting him to do various calligraphy pieces on rice paper and wooden planks to bring home as special gifts for individuals. Must visit for anyone being martial artist enthusiasts.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Wade I wrote a review Dec 2017
Alexandria76 contributions13 helpful votes
This Karate museum is maintained by Tetsuhiro Hokama Sensei, a Goju Ryu practitioner. He gave a personal tour of the museum that has many artifacts, pictures, and books about Karate to include styles other than Goju Ryu. The artifacts show many Okinawan weapons and training devices. Hokama Sensei also invited us to view a class he was teaching where the students were four advanced black belts ... two from Russia, one from mainland Japan, and the other from somewhere in Europe. Hokama Sensei's use of pressure points was demonstrated. Great, fabulous visit! Hokama Sensei is a treasure.
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Date of experience: December 2017
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Kieran B wrote a review Dec 2017
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For anybody serious about karate and kobudo this is a must! Hokama Hanshi is recognised as an international expert for good reason. I have over 25 years martial arts training and each visit gives me so much to new information! Beautiful calligraphy and if you have the chance to go on one of Sensei's history tours you should take the chance. The only karate museum in the world. Kaikan is a nice exhibition centre but this the real thing. The 1st and only karate museum in the world! I cannot recomend enough, if you cannot get here meet Sensei at an international seminar!
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Date of experience: November 2017
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