Applications open for The Okinawan Karate Nerd Programme (OKNP)

Would you like to experience living and training in Okinawa – the birthplace of Karate?

Today is your lucky day!
We are accepting NEW APPLICATIONS NOW for the next Karate Nerd program in Okinawa to commence late 2017/early 2018. Click the link below to apply.


OKNP is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young Karate Nerds between the ages of 18-35 to fly to Okinawa and live there for 6-12 months and experience the Way of Karate at its source. This programme is the result of an exclusive collaboration between Jesse Enkamp, chief karate nerd at, and James Pankiewicz, founder of The DOJO Bar and Challenge Okinawa, together with Seishin International as proud sponsor. If you are a young Karate Nerd who dreams of discovering the essence of Karate (…and yourself) – keep reading.

The Okinawan Karate Nerd Programme includes:

– 6 or 12 months living in Okinawa – the birthplace of Karate. – Daily training with traditional Karate...
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Hokama Tetsuhiro

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(republished with permission)

Hokama Tetsuhiro Sensei, Hanshi 10th Dan, is not only the current head of the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Kenshikai Karate-Do and Kobudo Organization, but is also founder and curator of the first Okinawan Karate and Kobudo Museum.

Regarded as a highly skillful and gifted karateka, Hokama Sensei has earned a reputation of being a living karate legend and many karate enthusiasts from around the world come to Okinawa specifically to receive his invaluable tutelage. Additionally, his work as a karate researcher places him as one of the most renowned and respected historians of Okinawan Karate, and you wouldn’t be wrong in calling him a guardian of it’s ancient traditions and history.

Regardless of being called Goju-Ryu, Hokama Sensei’s karate has a very interesting and unique look to it. I would speculate that this is partly due to the research he has done into the influence that traditional chinese martial arts and medicine had on the original fighting...
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