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Japanese Martial Arts Extravaganza in Sydney
  Posted on Oct 31, 2016 by bmaikido

Collectively known as budo, the Japanese martial arts are studied by tens of millions of men, women, and children of all ages in Japan and around the world as competitive sports, and also as holistic ways for self-development. From 2012, martial arts became a compulsory subject in all of Japan’s junior high schools, such is the emphasis placed on their educational value. Most people are familiar with karate, sumo and judo, but there are many more martial arts developed over the centuries in Japan. Have you heard of jukendo, naginata, kyudo, aikido, shorinji kempo, or kendo? What about sojutsu, kenjutsu, and aiki-jujutsu? All of these disciplines are dynamic but simultaneously serene, beautiful but also deadly. Fiercely competitive, like judo bouts at the Olympic Games, the Japanese martial traditions also embody a profoundly deep spiritual aspect, and are studied by aficionados as a philosophy for life. 

To mark the 40th Anniversary of the signing of the Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Australia and Japan, Sydney will host a delegation of 75 Japanese martial arts experts representing these time-honoured traditions. The main purpose of the delegation, sponsored by the Japanese government, is to demonstrate these spectacular arts to locals at a martial arts extravaganza to be held at the Sydney Showgrounds Hall 4 from 2:00pm on Sunday, November 13. The demonstration will feature famous masters of all the Japanese martial arts, and admission is free of charge. It is rare to see all of the Japanese martial arts demonstrated in one venue by Japan’s top level exponents, and spectators will also get to try them first hand for an hour after the demonstrations have been concluded. 

As a part of the overall programme the Blue Mountains Aikido club, along with Aikido students from around Australia, will be participating in a special preliminary event. The visiting Aikido instructors, led by Sensei Osawa Hayato (7th Dan) from Aikido World Headquarters, will conduct a day of intensive training on Saturday 12th December. Members of the public are welcome to observe the training.


Osawa Seminar flyer


View PDF flyer for the Budo Demonstration


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