Nov 25

Introducing The Okinawan Karate Nerd Programme (OKNP)

Would you like to experience Okinawa – the birthplace of Karate?

Today is your lucky day!



OKNP is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for two young Karate Nerds between the ages of 18-35 to fly to Okinawa and live there for 6-12 months and experience the Way of Karate at its source.

This programme is the result of an exclusive collaboration between Jesse Enkamp, chief karate nerd at, and James Pankiewicz, founder of The DOJO Bar and Challenge Okinawa, together with Seishin International as proud sponsor.

If you are a young Karate Nerd who dreams of discovering the essence of Karate (…and yourself) – keep reading.

The Okinawan Karate Nerd Programme includes:

– 6 or 12 months living in Okinawa – the birthplace of Karate.

– Daily training with traditional Karate masters and living legends.

– Hands on involvement behind the scenes in Okinawan seminars and events.

– Working part time at The DOJO Bar and assisting at Challenge Okinawa (The 100 Kata Event, international seminars etc).

– Access to unique Okinawan cultural activities such as working in a awamori factory or with a master sanshin maker, exploring Okinawa’s mountain trails, or coastline on kayak, exploring Okinawa’s castles and caves, learn to cook traditional food etc.

If you are accepted into OKNP, the following will be provided for you:

– Pre-trip advice on visa application (applicant must apply themselves) and general preparation help.

– Airport pick up, good value accommodation (applicant pays) and orientation on Okinawa.

– Help with designing personal training programme, introductions to local teachers and access to other Karate resources.

– Part time work at The DOJO Bar & Cafe and/or as assistant in local Karate events.

– Introduction to cultural and learning opportunities such as Japanese lessons, calligraphy lessons, cooking classes etc.

– Special excursions and trips around Okinawa and nearby islands to discover unique locations and people.

– Any assistance required with other necessary services such as travel, local government, medical etc.

– Custom Seishin International kit; including The Seishin Gi, The Seishin Bag, The Seishin Bracelet etc.

– 6-12 month unlimited access to Karate Nerd Insider™, my private online weekly video subscription club.

– Personal online consultation and support from me during your entire stay in Okinawa.

Sounds amazing, right? Click here to read more and get access to the application form.

Dec 16

Looking for a place to stay in Okinawa?

DOJO Bar managed accommodation in Okinawa – includes 20% discount at DOJO Bar for all our guests!

We offer rooms to rent for 1 or 2 guests, or a small family sharing, for minimum of 3 nights in central Naha. Long term bookings (i.e. 1 month or longer) are also welcome and we offer a discounted rate.

In Naha, near the DOJO Bar and Makishi station:

4 private studio apartments which are great value for 1 or 2 people (or a small family sharing) and located in central Naha, next to DOJO Bar. Bicycle hire available & 20% discount @ DOJO Bar included too! Nearest monorail is Makishi station. Also very close to Shureido karate store.

Please click on the links below for pictures and full details. We can supply an extra futon for a 3rd guest upon request and at an extra charge of 1500 yen per night. You can book via airbnb if you wish BUT please Facebook message or email us to book direct for lower cost deals – email us at




***LATEST NEWS*** – new 1 room city center apartments near DOJO Bar – AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING NOW – please Facebook message or email us to book for 2017/2018 – email us at

Dec 15

DOJO Bar 2016 Okinawa Tours – see more, do more in Okinawa!

Whether you are visiting Okinawa to see the sights or train karate, there is always so much more to see and do. At the DOJO Bar we often get asked for information on the best things to visit in Okinawa and requests for help in organizing travel around the island. So we decided to package up some of the most popular options, so you can discover and choose them for yourself.

Here are the top 6 events we offer:
1. Beach Training and BBQ Party – a one day package for groups of 10+ at a beautiful beach location
2. Karate Museum visit and Training with Hokama Sensei – discover karate history and train with a 10th dan sensei
3. Northern Tour – visit the Aquarium, Orion Beer Factory and a historical site in one day
4. Forest Adventure and Flyboarding – climb and soar through the jungle then take off on a jetboard!
5. Southern Tour – Visit the Underground Bunker, Peace Park and Sefa Utaki holy site
6. 1 day Scuba and Snorkeling Boat Trip – take a boat ride out to the Kerama islands and dive under the supervision of professional dive instructors. Or just snorkel and enjoy the floating above beautiful coral reef.

If you would like to book a tour organised by The DOJO Bar then please contact us via or Facebook. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you in Okinawa.

Download our FREE PDF guide to fun days out around Okinawa – Download (PDF, 598KB)

Download (PDF, 598KB)

Nov 09

2016 今忘年会、二次会、クリスマスパーティー, 2017 新年会の予約受付中です. お早めに!宜しくお願いします。




1. 飲み放題、食べ放題コース(特別メニュー) 3500円 (一人、3時間)

2. 二次会オファー :2ビールピッチャーまたは1ボトル泡盛の注文でマルガリータピザ一枚サービスでDOJOBarから!!



お問い合わせ:08039081712, (James). email 


Hi everyone. We are taking reservations now for Year End parties, Xmas parties and New Year parties . Fixed price all-you-can-drink&eat courses are available for group bookings. Please reserve tables early to avoid disappointment! The DOJO Bar is also available for private hire for large parties (30+). Please call 08039081712 (James). Or email us at

***SPECIAL DISCOUNTS for DOJO OWNERS and LARGE GROUPS (20+) reservations***

Jul 07



弊社今回、「沖縄空手」をメインテーマに事業を進めていくことを、正式に認定して頂きました。皆様もご存じの通り「沖縄空手」は、沖縄が世界に誇る芸能文化であります。事実、海外の空手愛好家が、DOJO Barだけでも約50カ国の人々が訪れております。私たちが誇れる文化をもっと沢山の人々に知って頂く為にも、今回とても素晴らしい機会を頂けた事を、ここに感謝致します。これを皮切りに、県内の空手愛好家と共に沖縄空手を更に、盛り上げて行きたいと考えます。

チャレンジ沖縄合同会社は、スポーツ、教育、観光を主に様々なイベントやTシャツ、スポーツグッズを企画し、皆様にご提供するため、2014年ジェームズ パンキュビッチによって設立されました。弊社は、地域に根ざした活動を地元企業と共に行い、そして国際的なパートナーと連携し、沖縄を国外マーケットに流通させることを目標とし、今後も活発的に活動致します。弊社は、沖縄と国際社会が、経済、文化、教育などの交流を潤滑に行えるようサポートするため、スポーツイベントや空手セミナーの開催などに力を入れ、これからも活動致します。
チャレンジ沖縄合同会社詳細はこちらから –




Sep 25

100 Kata for Karate Day 2014

A Challenge Okinawa! and DOJO Bar sponsored event

We are pleased to announce a new martial arts event in Okinawa. A kata demonstration event open to all styles and dojos, this is a celebration of Okinawa martial arts to be held on October 25th – ‘Karate Day’ in Okinawa.
Inspired by the classic karate phrase – 百練剛- “Train hard 100 times”, we propose a 100 kata performance starting at sunrise on Karate Day.
The event will commence at 6am (Japan time) on October 25th 2014. Each participating dojo is asked to select a kata which will be performed for 100 repetitions. There is no time limit for completion of the 100 kata but we expect the event to last around 2 hours (120 mins).
We strongly encourage everyone to take part in this historic event regardless of style, level, age, etc. As they say in Okinawa – ‘Ichariba chodei’ , “once we meet we are all brothers and sisters”.
On Okinawa the event will take place inside the grounds of Zakimi Castle Site, located in Yomitan village. We expect 500 participants from local dojo. Outside Okinawa we invite overseas dojo to join the Okinawa participants in this simultaneous event. They will start at exactly the same time (equivalent of 6am Japan time) and can share video and photos on our Youtube channel afterwards. We aim for 100+ dojos or 5000+ overseas participants who will all have a keen interest in karate and Okinawa.
The event is conceived and produced by James Pankiewicz, owner at The DOJO Bar (Naha, Okinawa) and director of ‘Challenge Okinawa! (G.G.)

Location: Zakimi Castle
Site: Yomitan village
Japan local time – 6:00am start (assemble 5:30am)
GMT time – 10pm start (Oct 24)
Central time (USA & Canada) – 4pm start (Oct 24)
Australia – 8am start (Oct 25>

Challenge Okinawa!!DOJO BARによるイベント

このイベントは、全ての流派や道場が参加出来る空手デモンストレーションのイベントです。イベントは10月25日沖縄空手の日に開催される、沖縄武道の祭 典です。百練剛(100回ハードトレーニングをする)という古典的な空手の語句に、触発されてできました。私たちは、日の出とともに100型を行うことを 提案します。
100型を完了するのに、時間制限はありません。しかし、イベント時間は2時間となります。流派、レベル、年齢、性別、その他、関係なく、この歴史的なイ ベントに参加することを強く推奨します。沖縄の人々がいうように、「いちゃりばちょーでー」一度出逢ったら皆兄弟だから仲良く付き合いましょう!
このイベントは、DOJO BARのオーナー兼Challenge Okinawa!のディレクターであるジェームス•パンキュビッチによって創造され、プロデュースされました。(G.G)

場所:読谷村 座喜味城跡


Mar 29

DOJO Bar web banners – available for your blog and website

Hi DOJO Bar fans and friends. Here are a selection of web banners for you to freely use on your website or blog and link back to our DOJO Bar website ( Just save the web banner image you like from this page to your PC, upload to your website image library and then add to your webpage along with this HTML code:

< a href=”” target=”_blank” >< img src=”put your img url here” ></a >

Once you have added a DOJO Bar banner and link to your website, we’d really appreciate it if you could post the page link to our Facebook page too so we know and can thank you!

Find us on Facebook here –

Banner 1: Vertical static image, suitable for narrow side column spaces on your website

Banner 2: Horizontal static image, suitable for wider side column, top or bottom spaces on your website


Banner 3: A 3 image GIF showing a little more of the great atmosphere at the DOJO Bar!


Apr 02

DOJO Bar features on the front cover of Okinawa Nightlife Guide

Mar 09

DOJO Bar Orion Beer factory and Awamori distillery tour offer – NOW with added Aquarium visit option!

The DOJO Bar special tour package – a 1 day guided tour of the famous Orion Beer Factory WITH FREE TASTING followed by a tour of The CHUKO awamori distillery – a family owned business producing some of the finest Okinawan sake available today AND again WITH FREE TASTING. CHUKO also make their own clay awamori pots along with shisa and other traditional pottery which is all available at discounted factory prices on site (cheaper and more original than what you will find in the stores in Naha).

***UPDATE*** – We can now add in a visit to the world famous Churaumi Aquarium plus an option to drop into the Pineapple Park too! Its a slightly longer day and earlier start (leaves Naha by 8am) but well worth it as these are two of the most popular attractions on the island. The total cost for the day including these 2 bonus stops is 5500 – 6000 yen depending on group numbers (for groups of 20+ we can negotiate group discounts on entry tickets).

This 1 day tour includes bus hire, driver and English/Japanese speaking tour guide and a pre-arranged stop for lunch. Usually there is also an opportunity to stop along the way for some souvenir shopping too.

Typically leaving Naha at 10am and returning by 6pm. Pick up/drop off at your hotel or The DOJO Bar.

Prices are typically around 4000-5000yen per person (excludes lunch) but this can be reduced if we get early bookings and can negotiate a better price with the bus companies well in advance.

Please contact James @ The DOJO via the DOJO Bar contact page or FB message with enquiries and bookings.


Check out the pictures from our recent tour – what a great day!



Feb 06

Visiting Okinawa? – We can help you MAX it!

Are you coming to Okinawa? Would you like some help finding accommodation (hostel, hotel or furnished apartments), finding dojo and sensei who will welcome you or booking activities such as karate tours and leisure activities? Why not contact us in advance as we can probably help you find much more than you think via our local contacts here in Okinawa. The DOJO Bar is not a travel agency but we will do our best to link you up with the right people who live and train here. There’s no charge – but why not drop by and have a nice chilled Orion once you get here;)
Look forward to meeting you – James@The DOJO Bar
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