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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.
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Congratulations to our Iaido students.
They all passed their external exams on Saturday.
Daniel and Bharat 6 Kyu
Raphaella 5th Kyu
Paris 1st Dan
Well done. We are proud of you.
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Congratulations ⛩️

Congratulations to all 👏

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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 🤩

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We are now on our way home. 

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. 

The next event will be in 2025!Image attachmentImage attachment

We are now on our way home.

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.

The next event will be in 2025!
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Congratulations to everyone what an amazing effort and Kevin and Leanne so happy for you both what wonderful leaders you are

Marvellous achievement congratulations to all, well done to kevin and leanne. Fantastic for the whole community.

Congratulations to everyone 🥂

Congratulations everyone.

Great achievement ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Congratulations 🎉

Brilliant. Congratulations.

Well done to you all

Congratulations to all.

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Aussie team off to the Butokuden in Japan 👍

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Have a great time 🙏

Best of luck you awesome people 😃

Good luck all! And have a great time 🥋🥋

Have fun and be safe. Enjoy yourselves!!!

Have a great trip 😀

Safe travels ✈️

Have a great time!!

Enjoy

Have a great time

Have a wonderful time

Have a wonderful time!

Have a wonderful time!, best of luck😄

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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

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