Event Honors Late Karate Master In Cocoa Beach
By Space Coast Daily // August 10, 2012
Tribute To Leader Of WMKA Group
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Last weekend the Cocoa beach Karate School hosted an event to honor the recently deceased leader of the World Matsubasyahsi-Ryu Karate-Do (WMKA) organization.
Soke Takayoshi Nagamine was from Naha, Okinawa, Japan and passed away in April.
The event was a tribute to Soke Nagamine who visited Cocoa Beach a year ago to conduct a karate seminar here.
Soke Nagamine was the son of the late founder of the karate style, Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine.
The event in Cocoa Beach drew more than 60 karate students, children and adults, from as far away as Canada, Panama, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, as well as from other parts of Brevard, Orlando, Miami and Sarasota.
The weekend of karate was conducted both at the indoor school at the Coco Beach Health & Fitness Center as well as on the beach, as is traditional in Okinawa, the birthplace of modern day karate.
The art of Matsubayashi-Ryu was founded in 1947 by O’Sensei Shoshin Nagamine. The WMKA was established by him to preserve and perpetuate the art. It has branches throughout the world.
As his father’s successor, Soke Takayoshi Nagamine dedicated himself to preserving his father’s teachings and the legacy of Matsubayashi-Ryu.
“We were honored to have Soke Nagamine visit Cocoa Beach from Okinawa Japan last year,” said Des Chaskelson, director of the Cocoa Beach Karate School. “ Our students learned much from him and we will continue to strive to improve our karate and ourselves as per the philosophy of the art his father originated.”
Authentic karate classes are offered four times a week for children and adults at the Cocoa Beach Health & Fitness Center and the Cocoa Beach Recreation Center.
For more information call 321-693-7831 or visit CocoaBeachKarate.com.