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, 23 September 2013

Report: 2013 Soburen Taikai in Kyoto

On September 15 took place the 22nd edition of the annual festival of the All Japan Budo Federation (Soburen) and of the Nippon Seibukan Academy, in Kyoto’s Butokuden. As every year, the festival is an opportunity for the many martial arts under the Soburen leadership to gather and to present their work and it is with a great pleasure that I accepted Kawano sensei’s invitation to join. Contrarily to last year, many foreign teams were present. Apart from Hong Kong represented by Nihon Tai Jitsu, were also present Canada, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, United Kingdom, USA, Slovenia, Romania and Zambia.

The foreign teams
The massive attendance from foreigners encouraged the organizers to plan trainings for the wee prior to the festival. A Toyama Ryu seminar took place at the Butokuden fro, Monday to Friday, followed by a Goju Ryu class in Zuirinji dojo with Kawano sensei on Friday evening. On Saturday, short 30 minutes introductions were proposed at the Butokuden in Judo, Jukendo, Koshiki Karate, Takeuchi Ryu and Aiki Kenpo. These were unfortunately too short to really practice the styles but they enabled the attendees to discover the strategies and principles specific to each school.

In total, 29 teams and more than 200 people demonstrated in front of the Soburean leaders. For Nihon Tai Jitsu, we demonstrated around a dozen techniques of self-defense, followed by the demonstration of 8 sutemi. Even though the time allocated was short, the demonstration has been really appreciated by the Soburen leadership that awarded us a “Best performance” award. Seven teams received an award, out of which we were the only foreign one. Thanks to Ryo Nakanisi who offered to be my uke again this year and helped this happen, despite a preparation limited to be a few minutes.

Xavier Duval (Nihon Tai Jitsu - Hong Kong)