For the first time, the World Karate and Kobudo Tournament in 2009 will host only Okinawan styles of Karate and Kobudo. Like 2003, it is only a kata event and includes seminars from the top masters in Okinawa. Karate ryuha include Shorin Ryu, Goju Ryu and Uechi Ryu. It is rumoured that no Karate kata outside of these Ryuha will be scored. As well, there will be long and short weapons kata competition in Kobudo of authentic Okinawan Ryu Ha. The tournament host, the new unified Okinawa Association of Okinawa Martial Arts – The Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai, recently announced the list of its official teachers. Of them, Meibukan Hombu Dojo president, Yagi Meitetsu, is listed to represent the All Okinawa Karate-do Association. According to cyberbudo.com, Yagi Meitetsu Sensei is among fourteen 10th dans listed to teach at this prestigeous event.
The Okinawa Governor and President of the ODKS, Hirokazu Nakaima, who is instrumental in getting public funding for the event, officially established its Executive Committee. All the major Okinawan karate associations’ representatives were present and together with the local companies that will support the event. The tournament is being promoted as a commemorative event of the “Shinkokai.”
It is being held at Okinawa Kenritsu Budokan on August 14-16, 2009.