Spring 2016: March 27 - April 4. Train at JKA World Headquarters in Tokyo and other Shotokan Dojo in the metropolitan area. Visit Kamakura to see the Gichin Funakoshi Monument at Engakuji Temple and the Giant Bronze Buddha.
Can I stay longer?
If you wish to extend your trip for sight-seeing etc. we can arrange for you to stay in the same hotel for the room fee only. The date of your return must be set when your ticket is issued, but can usually be any time within 30 days from your departure date, subject to seat availability. The quicker you sign up, the greater the choice of seats and dates.
What is my Cost?
$3,850 - This price is based on departure from Los Angeles, California, (LAX) - Tokyo, Narita - Naha International, round trip. If you will be starting your journey elsewhere in the U.S. or from Europe, South America, etc. we will quote you the most competitive rate available, and organize your journey so that you rendezvous with the rest of our members at Tokyo, Narita, airport for the last leg of the journey to Naha, Okinawa. (In the past three years we have had members travel from England, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal, Canada, US, Mexico, Australia, Poland, Brazil, Kuwait, and Bahrein) As a guide, this year, 2015, it cost approximately $400 extra, (round trip), to travel to Okinawa from Ontario, Canada, and New York, Sydney, and London, when compared with the base price from Los Angeles, California.
What is Included?
Round trip airfares on Japan Airlines based on a departure point of Los Angeles International airport to Okinawa; transfer upon arrival from airport to hotel by private bus; One full day of supervised orientation, 10 nights in a business hotel (single occupancy) or self-contained apartment including local taxes; 5 full days training (10 x 2 hour seminars) with senior teachers at the Okinawa Budokan, including dojo and tuition fees. Transfer by private bus to the Okinawa City Budokan for training on day 2 of the seminars.
Optional Guided Tours...
…in a very modern, comfortable, and air-conditioned private bus, are offered at the remarkably low cost of ?5,000 per day (around $50 US) with the help of local sponsorship. Each trip take on average 8 hrs. and together they cover much of the island of Okinawa. Many of the sites visited are karate related, for example the memorial to Chojun Miyagi and Kanryo Higaonna, the stele erected to honor Gichin Funakoshi, the Chotoku Kyan home site, etc.
Certificates of course completion are issued by the Okinawa Karate-Do Rengokai at their discretion. In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and Spring 2014, as all participants completed every seminar, each was presented with a beautiful, personalized certificate in English and Japanese by the President of the Okinawa Ken Karate Do Rengokai during a graduation ceremony in the Budokan. Course completion is worth 20 hours towards Karate Kenkyukai Certification http://www.karatekenkyukai.org/certification.html
How about Payment?
A deposit of at least 50% by cashier’s check or electronic transfer must be received at least 90 days before the departure date, with the balance one month later. When payment is received a ticket will be issued in your name, and you will also be added to the training register at the Budokan. It is ESSENTIAL that the name on your electronic ticket EXACTLY MATCHES the name on your passport, and that you supply us with your passport number and expiration date, as well as your date of birth to comply with airline security regulations. Please have this information ready when you reserve your ticket.
If I Cancel?
In the event of cancellation up to 90 days before departure , we will return everything that we receive back from the airline and hotel companies, less a 10% handling fee. After that, only part of the hotel fee is returnable.
Terms and Conditions you should know about:
While every effort is made to minimize risk, we accept no liability for loss, damage, or injury whatsoever, however it is caused. Martial arts training is an inherently hazardous pursuit, and attendees accept this as a condition of attending these seminars. We strongly recommend that all attendees seek medical advice to satisfy themselves that their physical condition allows them to safely travel to and participate in these events, and that they purchase insurance to indemnify themselves against any and all injuries, losses, and liabilities.
If you have a question we have not already provided an answer for, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at the toll free number below and we will do our best to help you. We are available from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Mon - Sat, Pacific Standard Time. If you are a group, have special dietary needs, require special training, etc. its much easier if you contact us directly by telephone which is TOLL FREE in the U.S. 1 800 717 6288.