Cocoa Beach Karate to Host 11th Annual Soke Nagamine Memorial Event August 20-21
By Space Coast Daily // July 26, 2021
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – The 11th annual Soke Nagamine Memorial Event is set for August 20 and 21 at Cocoa Beach Health and Fitness, where Cocoa Beach Karate has been located since 2002.
“We look forward to hosting another successful Soke Nagamine Memorial Event, bringing karate practitioners from all over the USA and Canada to our bit of paradise here on the Space Coast,” said Cocoa Beach Karate Founder Sensei Des Chaskelson.
Soke Takayoshi Nagamine was the son of the late founder of the Matsubayashi-ryu style of Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate-do, Osensei Shoshin Nagamine.
Sensei Takayoshi Nagamine was the Soke (inheritor of style) of the Matsubayashi-ryu system, and the headmaster of the World Matsubayashi-ryu (Shorin-ryu) Karate-do Association (WMKA) in Okinawa, Japan.
Soke Nagamine unexpectedly passed away in 2012 at age of 66, leaving many who respected and knew him well with a void in their heart. He is sorely missed, but his teachings and his budo spirit will live on, as does his legacy.
In 2010 Chaskelson, attended a seminar conducted by Nagamine sensei held in Okinawa for the members of the World Matsubayashi Karate Association.
In 2011, Nagamine sensei Soke visited Cocoa Beach Karate to conduct a seminar attended by WMKA members from around the USA. In 2012, he was due to do another seminar in Brevard when he passed away.
Cocoa Beach Karate has been holding a Soke Nagamine Memorial Event every year since to honor his memory and legacy.
“Soke Nagamine was a leader and teacher to many high-level karate black belts around the world, he always acted with much humility,” said Chaskelson. “We come together once a year here in Cocoa Beach to honor him and his legacy.”
Soke Nagamine said, “the more knowledge you have, the more humble you are going to be and you’re going to be a very dedicated person, not overconfident.” He went on to say, “that’s what martial arts teaches you as a philosophy – to be humble is very important.”
Cocoa Beach Health and Fitness is located at 1355 North Atlantic Avenue in Cocoa Beach.
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