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Examinations in Okinawa Kobudo

For more than a decade Nico Cogen is practicing at the Honbu Dojo under supervision of Shihan Jhonny Bernaschewice. His parents used to bring him to the dojo for the sessions when he was a young boy, once sometimes twice a week. As a young adult he showed

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Okinawa 2016 day 6

Sunday, April 4th, 2016 by Sven Today was a special day. We got up early to pick up Yamashiro Sensei and Nakamura San. Everyone was looking forward to our trip to Nago to visit Gakiya Yoshiaki Sensei. We had to drive about 60 kilometers using Okinawa's only

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Okinawa 2015 – Day 9

Day 9: Wednesday, 15th of April: All of a sudden, the last day has arrived. We spend it at Yamashiro Sensei’s Dojo, again joined by Nakamura San. The sunny weather is perfect for a training with photo and video taking at the beach. The area of

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Okinawa 2015 – Day 7 and 8

Day 7: Monday, 13th of April: The schedule of the previous days was mainly build around Yamashiro Sensei’s working hours. Today, he has a whole day off and we are going to spend the whole day in his dojo. On the programme is the second new

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Okinawa 2015 – Day 5 and 6

Day 5: Saturday, 11th of April: At the morning training in Itoman, we are joined by Nakamura San, another student of Yamashiro Sensei. Together, we work on the details of Sakugawa No Kun and Chikin No Kun. Ater the training, Nakayama San takes us to the nearby

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Okinawa 2015 – Day 3 and 4

Day 3: Thursday, 09th of April: We spend the morning in Itoman with Yamashiro Sensei this time focussing on Sai and Tunkwa. Now we can prove that we still remember the New Year’s seminar as we repeat the three Katas learned there: Yamakatsu No Tunkwa, Kubokurashiki

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Okinawa 2015 – Day 1 and 2

We are on Okinawa – once again residing in the meanwhile familiar blue Minshuku near Naha Port. Day 1: Tuesday, 07th of April: Having taken a quick shower after the 19 hours journey from Hanover to Naha, we are ready for the obligatory first day Shureido visit.

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Present Situation of Okinawa Kobudo

Dear Members, on June 27, 2011 the following e-mail from Gakiya Sensei reached us: Dear OKDR Chapter Representatives, Individual Members, and Other Related People; I hope you are well.  As you know, I, Yoshiaki Gakiya, experienced a cerebral hemorrhage on March 3rd, 2011.  After a little over 3

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