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Archery and karate score own dojos at Koza Park

Date Posted: 2005-11-19

Martial arts and archery enthusiasts are smiling in Okinawa City as they finally have a place they can call their own.

A budoukan for karate, judo and kendou training, together with a new archery dojo, became reality this week at Koza Athletic Park. The new Y630,000,000 facility is already drawing rave reviews from patrons. The fresh tatami scent mixes with the latest technology, including solar power for the bulding.

Three dojos nest within the 1,920 square meter budokan, with separate areas for judo, kendou and karate. All are official tournament size courts. Adjacent to the dojos are green areas where athletes can stretch and warm up. Officials say the budoukan will be opening a yoga school, and aerobics will be offered at the facility as well.

The archery facilities feature six competition lanes, plus spectator viewing area large enough to accommodate 50. “I hope a lot of people come to use this facility,” Okinawa City Mayor Masakazu Nakasone said. “Everyone is welcome to practice here, then we’ll make an international sports tournament soon, I hope.”

Okinawa City is promoting itself as a sports convention city, and says it is committed to developing more top of the line facilities for its athletes. Gold Medalists Azusa Tomishiro, uri Kadena and Yuka Shimizu attended the dedication ceremonies for the new building.

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