Hai Sai! Welcome to my Blog.

Hello, my name is Tom Corrao and I am the blogger behind the Okinawaology Blog. I created this blog to share and discuss all things Okinawan. I’m also the Public Relations Officer and Minkan Taishi to the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai. My experience with Okinawa is derived from the time I spent there during the 1980's and 90's (10 years) when serving in the United States Air Force. I've also been married to an Okinawan woman for 30 years now and have been immersed in many things Okinawan through both friends and family. I do not claim to be all knowing about everything Okinawan but I try hard and study the history and culture. I welcome everyone that is interested in Okinawa and hope that I can provide useful information to those uchinanchu that may be curious about their culture and heritage. I also welcome those who are not of Okinawan heritage but have experienced, or are experiencing, the islands culture while stationed there with the United States Military. Comments are welcomed and will be published as long as they are in good taste and on track with the purpose of this blog. My hope with this blog is to bring Uchinanchu people around the world a little closer to their cultural roots by expressing information that has started to fade in light of a more modern world. We should never forget our culture or the people who came before us and through the Blog my intentions are to meld the old with the new and implant knowledge that will help maintain the traditions and culture of an island people.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

2010 Yin Yang Do Karate Association Founders Day Event - Kenosha WI

It always amazes me how no matter where you go on the earth you can always find people studying and practicing Okinawan Karate. Here in my home town of Kenosha, Wisconsin, there will soon be a sort of Karate conference on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. My friend Pat Weyand has sent out an invitation that I would like to share with any Karate people out there that may be able to make this July 10th event. I'll be there of course filming the whole thing for a film I will post at a later date. Here is the information about the event.
You are invited to the Yin Yang Do Karate Associations Annual Founder's Day. This event has been scheduled on since January 2010 and is the official event of the Association.

The location this year is in Kenosha, WI. All Karateka are welcome and encouraged to participate in sharing the knowledge of our art and to meet others with the same interests.

Workout begins promptly at 1PM. Picnic lunch to follow training.

Kemper Center holds a special place in our hearts as this is where Reverend Foster conducted many of his classes. There is a great energy in the air and Lake Michigan makes a beautiful backdrop. The fee is $15 for participants above 12 years of age and $5.00 for those under 12. Please come celebrate the gift that Shihan Foster has given to us.

2010 topics include: Special Guest Shorin Ryu UZA Sensei from the Okniawan Cultural Society, Tai Chi ( Beiging 24 Form) with Al Gomez , Judo/ Jujutsu techniques with Don Jambreck, Patrick Weyand. In addition, we will kick-off the celebration with traditional dance and music from representatives from the Chicago Okinawan Kenjinkai.

We look forward to seeing all of you! For more information, please visit

Location: Kemper Center

6501 3rd Ave
Kenosha, WI 53143 US
When: Saturday, July 10, 12:00PM
Phone: 262-939-9955

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