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Karate Holiday Japan

You will visit the Yaeyama Islands for four nights / five days as well as fully enjoy Okinawa Island. You will have a wonderful time exploring plenty of Okinawa experiences. Furthermore, you will learn four styles of karate from a high-ranking grandmaster of Okinawa Karate.

Highlights

  • Karate training
  • 8th Dan high-level Karate masters
  • Goju-ryu, Uechi-ryu, Shorin-ryu, and Kobudo styles
  • Learn about this martial art in a Karate history tour
  • Enjoy sightseeing in the area
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
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Accommodation

Naha stay

It is an apartment type. You can seek a more local, everyday life experience.

Zamami island stay

It is a type of cottage. You can taste slow island time.

Yaeyama stay

It is an Okinawan island house style. You can relax and enjoy the star-filled sky.

Program

Four styles of Okinawa Karate training

You can effectively learn the four main styles (Goju-ryu, Uechi-ryu, Shorin-ryu, and Kobudo) of Okinawa Karate in this tour. All instructors are over 8th Dan high-level Karate masters.

Shorin-ryu Karate

Shorin (小林) -Ryu is one of the major modern Okinawa styles of karate and one of the oldest styles. It was named Shorin-ryu in 1933 by Choshin Chibana, a top student of the great master of Shuri-te, Anko Itosu. The system itself however is much older. The two characters in Shorin (小林), meaning “small” and “forest” respectively, are also used in the Chinese and Japanese words for Shaolin Kung Fu. Shorin-Ryu adjusts elements of the traditional fighting styles of Shuri-Te. Shorin-ryu Karate combines swift, fast techniques based on the strategy of evasion and at the same time attacking sensitive points of the body with hits.

Goju-ryu Karate

Goju-ryu (剛柔流) is one of the main traditional styles of Okinawan Karate, featuring a combination of hard and soft techniques. Kanryo Higaonna was known as the highest authority of Naha Te. He and his successor Chojun Miyagi made several basics. ‘Go’ meaning hard, refers to closed hand techniques or straight linear attacks. ‘Ju’ meaning soft, refers to open hand techniques and circular movements. Goju-ryu incorporates both circular and linear movements into its basic method, combining hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent, including locks, grappling, takedowns, and throws. The breathing method is also very important.

Uechi-ryu Karate

Uechi-ryu (上地流) is a traditional style of Okinawan karate. Uechi-ryu means “Style of Uechi”. Originally called Pangai-noon, which translates to English as “half-hard, half-soft”, the style was renamed Uechi-ryu after the founder of the style, Kanbun Uechi. Uechi-ryu’s connection with Chinese Shorin-ken means the former shares a similar foundation with Naha-Te despite their separate development. Therefore Uechi-ryu is also heavily influenced by the kung fu from the Fujian province. Uechi-ryu training styles are focused only on Sanchin training and body conditioning.

Kobudo (Okinawa style weapons)

Kobudo (古武道) is a term that can be translated to “ancient martial way”. They offer instruction in Ryukyu Kobudo, the martial arts weapons of Okinawa. The weapons of Kobudo include the Bo (a long staff), Sai (dagger-shaped truncheon…usually used in pairs), Tonfa (side-handled club…usually used in pairs), Kama (sickle…usually used in pairs), Nunchaku (two sticks connected by a cord), Eku (boat oar), Nunte Bo (spear) as well as several others.

Grand masters of Okinawan Karate

The CEO of the company was a Karate champion in Japan. He has been learning Karate for more than 33 years who has also taught Karate in many countries such as, Japan, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, China, and Nepal. Based on his Karate knowledge and teaching experience worldwide, there is a clear, strict criteria when selecting Okinawan Karate masters for the programs.

Notes

  • You need to respect Okinawan Karate grandmaster.
  • You have to bow when entering and leaving the dojo.
  • Do not bother other students.
  • Please bring your own Karate uniform, towel, and drink(s).
  • Make sure you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the lesson.
  • Be sure to turn off your mobile phone during the lesson.
  • You are not allowed to take pictures nor record without the permission of the sensei.

Included excursions

Okinawan Karate history tour

This tour is the only one that you can experience only in Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate. You can visit 6 to 8 Karate historical spots where it is difficult to go by yourself and meet famous Okinawan Karate masters.

Yaeyama Islands

The Yaeyama Islands are both the most southerly and the most westerly inhabited islands of Japan. Once part of the Ryukyu Kingdom centered on Okinawa, the islands have retained their distinctive culture and relaxed way of life. The most striking feature of these charming coral islands is their amazing variety. They are all simply bursting with natural beauty.

Sakaemachi local bar and restaurant area tour

Sakaemachi is a kind of local shopping arcade. Under the covered semi-transparent roof, you can find food grocery shops, restaurants and bars, and kitchen goods stores. It’s a great chance to see a piece of local people’s life.

Location

Food

Breakfast is included as well as 3 lunches and 3 dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

For the person who does not train, you can select many options from below. Ageshio Japan can help you book. These are reference prices. Actual prices will be different from the request.

Experience menu

  • Bingata dyed experience 1,540 JPY / 1 hour
  • Shisa-making experience 3,240 JPY / 3 hours
  • Sanshin (okinawa traditional instrument) 3,000 to 5,000 JPY / 1-2 hours
  • Textile experience 1,500 JPY / 30 minutes
  • Awamori label-making 1,000 JPY / 15 minutes
  • Explore Kokusai street with wearing Ryuso 4,300 JPY / 3 hours
  • Valley of Gangala trekking tour 2,200 JPY / 1.5 hours
  • Bukubuku tea ceremony 1,000 JPY / 30 minutes
  • Okinawan traditional dance experience 1,890 JPY / 1.5 hours
  • Okinawan cooking class 6,500 JPY / 1 hour
  • Beach Yoga 2,000 JPY / 1 hour

Japanese culture

  • SYOUTOUAN tea ceremony 5,000 JPY
  • Matsubara tea ceremony 1,500 JPY
  • Japanese flower arrangement 4,500 JPY

Spa treatments

For the person who does not train, you can select many options from below. Ageshio Japan can help you book. These are reference prices. Actual prices will be different from the request.

Spa menu

  • CHURASPA - Abhyanga oil treatment 15,500 JPY
  • KOTORAN SPA - basic treatment 10,800 JPY
  • AMAMI SPA - basic treatment 24,000 JPY
  • Spa Rin - basic treatment 14,000 JPY
  • MURUKA SPA - basic treatment 11,800 JPY
  • CoCo Spa - basic treatment 6,000 JPY

Hot spring menu

  • Ryukyu Onsen 1,330 JPY
  • Meigusuku Hot Spring 3,500 JPY
  • Apeman Spa / Sashiki Hot Springs 1,650 JPY

What's included

  • Karate training (7 times - only for guest with Karate training)
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Pick up service
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch (3 times)
  • Dinner (3 times)
  • Karate history tour (lunch included)
  • Sightseeing entrance fee

What's not included

  • Additional meals
  • Additional experiences
  • Tax

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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