Hombu Dojo Guest Book

This page is for all visitors to the Hombu Dojo to add comments and photographs about their visit.  We welcome articles from those staying at the Hombu as well as those attending training.  To get this page started I would love for past visitors to send me some information.  Please send your articles and photos to me, Penny van Heerden, by email.

Elena & Arndt Hamburg / Germany

Published on August 11, 2014
Elena & Arndt Hamburg / Germany

Having practice Karate for quite a while and a couple of years Kobudo , it was time to make a dream come true and visit the birthplace of Karate and Kobudo.

In April 2014 we were guests at the beautiful Honbu Dojo of Shimbukan in Tomigusuku.

Having our residence near lively Kokusaidori in Naha traveling by Monorail and going the last mile on foot to the dojo was easy and fun. Although it was just ...

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Research and training trip, April 2014

Published on June 23, 2014
Research and training trip, April 2014

April 2014. Precious Okinawa. I’m on my way to Shimbukan Honbu Dojo, anticipating meeting Soke Akamine Hiroshi, colleagues and dear friends. This time I didn’t have a lot of time ...

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Skip Taylor visit

Published on May 22, 2014
Skip Taylor visit

This spring, after too long an absence, I was able to visit Okinawa and Hombu dojo from March 26th to April 2nd. I know Akamine Kaicho is very busy and ...

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Mike Clarke Visit

Published on December 18, 2013

My recent visit to Okinawa allowed me to renew old friendships and begin new ones, and, once again practice under the guidance of Akamine sensei; for the past six years ...

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A German Visit

Published on December 18, 2013
A German Visit

by Andreas Plöger Lübeck, Germany I first met Akamine Kaicho on a seminar in Erlangen, Germany this May and was deeply impressed by his profound knowledge, exact techniques as well ...

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Visitors from Canada

Published on November 6, 2013
Visitors from Canada

A Trip to the Mecca of Martial Arts by Louis Belleville Leaving Vancouver International Airport late that night, I was filled with anticipation not only at the prospect of a ...

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A Swedish Visit

Published on August 13, 2013
A Swedish Visit

At home in Sweden sensei Hermansson often tells us about Okinawa and some of the world's top masters. Now it's time to finally go there. It was with great anticipation ...

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Itzik and Marina’s Honeymoon

Published on July 29, 2013
Itzik and Marina’s Honeymoon

A special visit on March 2012 at Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan – Hombu Dojo \Okinawa. There was one clear answer where my dear wife, Marina, and I are going to have ...

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5 Comments

  1. master steve hunt 6th dan mag/ssk

    hi great photos of you visits and groups i am interested in joining you group i practice kobudoc weapons and amlooking to jion a group do you charge for membership

    steve hunt 6th dan
    manager ssk mag england
    coach shotokan sport karate
    manager kobudo arts mag

    • pennyvh

      We only accept members through direct contact with either our home dojo in Okinawa, or any of our branch dojo around the world. In the UK we have teachers in Surrey and Gloucester. Please see our dojo page for contact details. http://ryukyu-kobudo.com/dojo/

  2. Kamal Hamdulay

    I recently attended the training seminars of the Goju Ryu Karate Centenary at the Budokan 3-13 Oct 2015 in Okinawa and also had the privilege of training at the Honbu dojo for the first time.It was a incredible experience to be taught by Hiroshi Akamine sensei such a meticulous teacher of Kobudo. Im from Cape Town, South Africa and a student of Jannie Le Grange sensei.

  3. Garmaev Veniamin

    A big thank you to Sensei Akamine that took me and my organization in the family Ryukyu Shimbukan Kobudo!

    • pennyvh

      Welcome to the organization.

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