With Okinawa being instrumental in the development of modern karate, we took a 1.5 hour bus north 🚌 for a lesson in traditional Okinawan karate.
The dojo wasn’t exactly easy to get to, or even locate in the vast farmland, but that was probably in the spirit of karate: being determined.
Once we found the dojo and got into our gi (uniform), the fun began. Our sensei taught us some traditional karate moves, as well as introductory weapons training–among others: bo (Donatello) and sai (Raphael).
Watch Harold’s practice kick
Watch Jennifer’s practice kick
Some of our weapons were scattered on the floor near the end 😅.
Us with our sensei and the dojo founders.
By the end, we were ready for a friendly sparring match (and possibly a black belt 😜).
After training, we relaxed a bit on the beaches of Okinawa, before getting an extra kick in at the Dojo Bar, popular with Okinawan karate practioners.