Yuimaru Hakken – intensive karate seminars in Okinawa

2020 Seminars open for applications now

ICHARIBA CHODEI – Immerse yourself in the Okinawa Karate Life

Hi, I’m James Pankiewicz, Matsubayashiryu karate practitioner on Okinawa, founder of The DOJO Bar and more recently the Asato Dojo

I’m very pleased to announce 2 seminars in 2020 in Okinawa designed to give you more than most regular seminars here.

**UPDATE – Due to the impact of corona virus on global travel we cancelled the August 31 – September 13 summer seminar and have rescheduled the instructors for the Winter Seminar in December.**

There are a variety of seminar opportunities in Okinawa every year but most only offer a short taster session with the Okinawan sensei. An hour, 2 hours, even 4 hours with a teacher is hardly enough for them to show anymore than the bare basics of their art. In addition time constraints and language barriers often result in almost no time to have any meaningful and developed dialogue with the teacher to understand their views on their art, their history, experience and philosophy. As a Japanese speaker I can tell you that your understanding of karate can be TRANSFORMED by just one good conversation with the right teacher.

Yuimaru Hakken Karate Seminar 2020
Yuimaru Hakken Karate Seminar 2020

In Okinawan “Yuimaru” refers to the circle of the people, the connections between people and “Hakken” is discovery. We intend that this seminar program will give you the opportunity to discover the Okinawan fighting arts, get to know highly respected teachers and experience the culture of the Okinawan islands.

The seminar is a 12 day program including 3 days of intensive study with each of 3 Okinawan teachers PLUS 3 days of additional activity days to discover more of exciting and beautiful Okinawa. This 3 x 3 day program will give you approximately 15-20 hours of instruction time with each teacher PLUS relaxed time to enjoy meals together with the teacher and other non-training activity. You will be accompanied from start to finish by a Japanese/English speaking experienced local karateka to provide interpretation and local guidance (usually that will be me (James), or one of my assistant instructors). When possible you will be offered accommodation at the dojo too to maximize your time with each sensei. A typical daily program will include first light morning training on the beach or park, breakfast together, morning training at the dojo, afternoon rest time, evening training and dinner together.

You will stay not just in Naha but visit local dojo located around Okinawa island in a range of locations. Group size for each seminar will not exceed 18 participants (minimum of 9). Transportation will be provided.

The Details

**UPDATE – Due to the impact of corona virus on global travel we cancelled the August 31 – September 13 summer seminar and have rescheduled the instructors for the Winter Seminar in December.**

Seminar dates in 2020:

  • August 31st – September 13th – Styles and Instructors:
    • Matsubayashi-ryu karate and kobudo taught by Arakaki Toshimitsu Hanshi and James Pankiewicz Sensei
    • Myobukan Shorin-ryu karate and kobudo – instructor TBC
    • Long Fist Praying Mantis kung fu – taught by John Eusebio Sifu
    • (Facebook event)
  • December 19th to 31st – Styles and Instructors:
    • Ryukyu Kingdom Sui-di Bujutsu taught by Nakasone Koiichi Hanshi
    • 2 others will be confirmed (Facebook event)

Assisting and interpreting:

  • James Pankiewicz

Our first Yuimaru Hakken seminar in Okinawa in 2019 received very positive reviews from all 9 attendees who came in from countries as diverse as Canada, the USA, Singapore, Finland, India, China and Germany. Ability and experience levels ranged from a few years to decades of experience and teachers in their own dojos but all said they benefited enormously and took much away to enhance their practice and to pass on to their students.
We will be adding written testimonials to this page soon. For now please enjoy the highlights video below.

Please complete the application form (below) and send us via email, and pay the 10,000 yen deposit to reserve your place. We reserve the right to decline your application and if we do so your deposit will be refunded in full. You are expected to participate in the whole training program (rest day activities are optional and your choice to participate or just relax). Please note that this is intensive training and maybe physically demanding. You may sweat. A lot. 

Total Cost per person per seminar – 250,000 Yen (Japanese) .  (Approximately 2,280 USD,  1,700 GBP, or 1,995 EUR – as of 10/01/2020. Actual payment is due in Japanese yen so these prices are just a guide to equivalent price).

Payable in 3 stages:

  1. Deposit – 10,000 yen – required to reserve your place.
  2. Second payment – 120,000 yen due 3 months in advance.
  3. Third payment – 120,000 yen due 2 months in advance.

Deposit is 100% refundable within 30 days of receipt. Full seminar fee is refundable up to 30 days in advance of seminar start. Payment may be made by Paypal or international bank transfer. Transaction fees to be paid by sender please. Please contact us for payment details. 

Please click the button below for a sample itinerary and daily seminar plan

Please click the button below to open the application form. Please complete and email to james@asatodojo.okinawa with subject heading Yuimaru Hakken Application 2020

Questions can sent via email to james@asatodojo.okinawa . And please follow our Facebook page for updates (https://www.facebook.com/dojo-okinawa/)

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