Cocoa Beach to Host World Karate Event July 18-20
By Space Coast Daily // July 15, 2013
World Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH – The Cocoa Beach Karate School will host the second annual World Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do (WMKA) July 18 to 20 at the Cocoa Beach Health & Fitness Center.
The event began last year as part of a tribute to karate master Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, the son of the founder of the style Shoshin Nagamine.
“We are honored to host this event and to honor this great karate master,” said school sensei Des Chaskelson.
Takayoshi Nagamine visited Cocoa beach in 2011 and conducted seminars attended by karate practitioners from all over North America.
The event will feature participants from across North America, including confirmed participants from Puerto Rico, Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota, California and various parts of Florida. Additionally, seventh-degree black belt members will be attending from Canada.
The event spans three days and begins at 7:30 p.m. July 18 with instructions on kata, or form, from high-ranking members and applications.
EVENT INCLUDES WEAPONS DEMONSTRATIONS
It continues Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. with demonstrations that will feature two seventh-degree black belts from the United States.
The event concludes July 20 at 12:30 p.m with a karate demonstration and demonstrations with weapons including the bo, sai, nunchucku, kama and tonfa.
Also on Saturday will be two authentic Okinawan dance performances at 4 p.m. by the Space Coast Yuimaru-Kai Okinawan Cultural Society. There will also be a traditional karate beach workout to conclude the day.