Master Hernaez“In these times of troubles, when focus is on competition, it appears to me that it is vital for Man’s future to encourage everything that can bring harmony and peace. If Nihon Tai Jitsu, the way I designed it, can make its contribution, it will be my best reward and the hope in a life of progress.”

Roland Hernaez Shihan.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Report: 2012 Soburen Budosai in Kyoto

Every year, the All Japan Budo Federation (Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmei, a.k.a Soburen) and the Nippon Seibukan Academy hold their annual festival at the Butokuden in Kyoto. Many traditional martial arts are represented, mainly by their local representatives, but also sometimes by foreigners who came for the event. As Kawano sensei, Kancho of the Seibukan, invited me to participate a couple of months ago, I had the great honor to go to Kyoto mid-September to represent our school at the 21st edition of the Budosai.

The festival started on Sunday September 16 at 9am. Once all the participants registered, the opening ceremony started. Around 200 demonstrators entered the dojo, each team making a line facing the Soburen leadership. All the leaders made a short introductory speech to kick-off the festival.
Among the many schools present, we could see some Jukendo, Toyama Ryu Iaido, Aikido, Hontai Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu, Hakko Ryu Jujutsu, Soshin Ryu Iai Battojutsu, a couple of Karate styles (including Goju Ryu and Kobudo with Kawano sensei), Kobudo Takeuchi Ryu Chouhukan, Aiki Kenpo, Yakumaru Jigen Ryu, Dentokan, Kendo, Handi Karaté, Chanbara and of course Nihon Tai Jitsu!

Each demonstration lasted 5 to 15 minutes, with demonstrators of all ages and ranks, alternating empty hands and weapons, cuts, breaks, etc. Martial arts being a great family, the Nippon Seibukan Academy provided me with a partner learning Aikido. In parallel, I offered my help to Mounir Ghrawi (Hakko Ryu, Canada) as he had no one to demonstrate with.

The Nihon Tai Jitsu performance was divided in three parts: Te Hodoki, Goshin Jutsu, Sutemis, which helped demonstrate a wide range of techniques specific to our school. It was, I believe, well appreciated by the public. Demonstrations ended at 3.30pm and were followed by a closing ceremony and the delivery of certificates to each team. We then all changed before meeting up again for a last dinner.

This was a great festival, at the heart of Japan and of traditional martial arts, among which Nihon Tai Jitsu.

Xavier DUVAL - Nihon Tai Jitsu representative China-Hong Kong.