On Sunday 14th January, we held our annual Kagami Biraki (dojo opening for the new year). It was a great day of training, BBQ and sushi. What could be better? Special thanks to our instructors Kurt Tancredi Ramon Aperia Jason Gray Ron Ramadge David Brown Damian Wilson Gary Oliver Rueben Larson Leanne Walsh Kevin Walsh
We are looking forward to our Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, Australian Rensei Taikai event in March. ... See MoreSee Less
We missed a great event while in Kyoto which was near the Butokuden. Shimogamo-jinja is the site of many festivals and events throughout the year, including an electrifying yabusame archery contest on May 3, with archers shooting on the move from horseback. The video clip below is from the martial art festival also at the shrine on May 3
We will be back in 2025 and this will be on my todo list 🤩
It was an amazing adventure. From Sensei Kevin and Sensei Leanne being asked to perform a Jujutsu demonstration on the outdoor stage at Japan’s oldest and most sacred Shinto Shrine. Ise Jingu. To be the Australian team demonstrating at the world-renowned dojo, the Butokuden in Kyoto.
The team did extraordinarily well. We received a Yushu Suo Team Award (Outstanding Team Award) and each member received an individual award. Sensei Leanne also received the DNBK Leadership Award and Sensei Kevin received the President of DNBK Award of Excellence.
The following grades were certified: Neil Phillips: Kyoshi 7th Dan Jujutsu Jason Gray: Renshi 6th Dan Karate Anthony Johnson: 3rd Dan Judo, 4th Dan Jujutsu Damian Wilson: 2nd Dan Karate, 1st Dan Iaido Ben James: 2nd Dan Jujutsu Chris Bradbury: 1st Dan Iaido
Sensei Kevin and Sensei Leanne were examined at the event and have been recommended for certification by the President of DNBK: Kevin Walsh: Hanshi 8th Dan Jujutsu Renshi 6th Dan Judo Renshi 5th Dan Iaido
Leanne Walsh: Kyoshi 7th Dan Jujutsu 5th Dan Judo Renshi 5th Dan Iaido
In DNBK, Hanshi 8th Dan is the highest grade awarded to anyone under the age of 90 so this is a massive honour.
One more amazing thing happened, perhaps the best part... When Leanne and my recommendations were announced, we were on one knee and dubbed with Musashi’s bokken. OMG 😱 Thank you DNBK…
So we will return home a little tired but greatly inspired and invigorated. Looking forward to seeing family, and friends, and continuing our journey at the dojo.
I found a video by the Kyoto local government giving a tour of the Butokuden. This is where we will be spending most of our time at the World Butoku Sai in April. The side windows can be opened during hot weather. At some of my training sessions I have shared the floor with a dragon fly. It gives a peaceful feeling to the dojo, a great memory. ... See MoreSee Less