100 Kata Challenge events

This international martial arts event led from Okinawa, the home of kobudo and karate consists of performing 100 kata in sequence. Participants are free to choose a preferred kata, and progress at their own pace. Participation is open to all ages and levels. Even if you are not sure you can complete 100 repetitions we warmly encourage you to take on the next challenge event and do your best. The only way you can fail is by not taking part!

Next event: April 5th, 2020 – 100 Kobudo Kata Challenge

Free poster!

This event is FREE to enter and we ask that participating dojo and groups around the world open participation to everyone at their locations.

Choose a kobudo kata (a traditional weapons form based on an Okinawan kobudo style) and complete 100 repetitions. Traditional kobudo in Okinawa includes use of Bo, Sai, Kama, Nunchaku, Tonfa, Eku, Tekko, and more.

Our friend Jesse from karatebyjesse.com made a great little video introducing the major weapons – click here and enjoy!

The 100 Kata Challenge event is an ideal opportunity for experienced practitioners and those with an interest in taking up traditional karate and kobudo practice to watch and try out kata practice. There is simply no better way to start learning your first kata than doing 100 repetitions of that kata!

If you want to try Kobudo for the first time at this 100 Kata event but don`t know where to go to participate then please email us at info@challengeokinawa.com and we will try to find a participating dojo close to you.

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In Support of our Shuri community

Shuri Castle is the birthplace of Okinawan Kobudo but last year a terrible fire at the castle site dealt a serious blow to Okinawa and Shuri in particular. During the night of October 31st, a fire raged through the buildings in the inner part of the castle, completely destroying the central Seiden Hall and seriously damaging other structures nearby.

Rebuilding Shuri Castle will take years but in the meantime we want to support local Shuri businesses adversely affected by the loss of the castle buildings. Please CLICK THROUGH HERE for our guide to visiting our recommended locations in Shuri.

2020 100 Kobudo Kata challenge registration form

Name of Dojo Representative (required)

Your Dojo (optional)

Names of Participants (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Location (required)

The list of registered participants and dojo is updated automatically. Click here to view.

Free download – get the 2020 Participation Certificate template here – click this link or the image below

Please feel free to download and use this Participation Certificate at your dojo to recognise participation in the challenge event. We ask that the template is used on a not-for-profit basis, in keeping with the spirit of event.

100 Kobudo Kata Teeshirts now available online

The 100 Kobudo Kata teeshirt is now available in our online store!
Click here to view and buy

Kids sizes and hoodies are also available in the same design – check them all out here


We will personalise your teeshirts with your Dojo Name and Participants List for orders of 10 or more items, at no extra charge.
– Step 1 – complete the form on the page linked below.
– Step 2 – we will send you a personalised link to purchase your customised teeshirts.
Here’s the link – http://dojo-okinawa.com/2020-100-kobudo-kata-challenge-group-teeshirt-order-form/

EXAMPLE DESIGN for group personalised event teeshirts

Event report: the 100 Kobudo Kata Challenge 2019

On Sunday 31st March 2019, 90 dojos located in countries all around the world took part in the 100 Kobudo Kata Challenge. In Okinawa the event attracted around 40 participants and supporters and was held for the first time at Sakiyama Park in Shuri, a site full of history of karate and kobudo.

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