About us

Okinawa- The Dojo of Life

Welcome to the Okinawa Life – good living and happy lifestyle under the tropical sun. Since times past Okinawans have known how to live the good life with simple pleasures. So we call Okinawa ‘the dojo of life’ – come and discover the rich culture and wisdom of our island.

Born from the cradle of karate

We take inspiration from the world of Okinawan karate to create our designs. Because ‘Okinawan karate’ is actually about much more than just karate. It is a way of life, a way of living and learning every day. We value ‘YUIMARU’ – the connection between us that keeps us together, and we celebrate the spirit of ‘ICHARIBA CHODE’ – because in our hearts we are all brothers and sisters just waiting to meet each other. This is the meaning of Okinawa Karate Life for us and the source of our passion and our inspiration.

Since the old times Okinawa has thrived as a hub for trade and exchange. So its island culture and people have become a vibrant ‘CHAMPURU’ culture,
an amazing and unique mix of cultures and influences. Okinawans have a deep appreciation for good things, taking them in and adopting them into their CHAMPURU culture. We hope you like our original designs born from this rich culture.

Created by James Pankiewicz, founder of Challenge Okinawa GODOGAISHA, the 100 Kata Challenge events and the DOJO Bar in Okinawa, the ‘Okinawa – Dojo of Life’ label employs a small team of local designers to produce and market our original clothing and goods. As much as possible we design and manufacture our goods in Okinawa and strive to give back to the local island community as much as we can. Our office is located in Naha, above the DOJO Bar, so please drop by and say ‘Hi’ next time you are in town.

‘Mensorei!’

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