Craigieburn Martial Arts Centre in association with Idokan Australia participated in an International seminar by the “Dai Nippon Butoku Kai”. The Australian team members were: Kevin Walsh, Leanne Walsh, Kurt Tancredi, Ramon Aperia, David Brown, David Maruskanic, Chris Bradbury, Jay Whitehead and Pete Walsh,
The seminar was held in Kyoto (the old capital of Japan) at the historic Butokuden (Hall of Martial Virtues) in Kyoto. The Butokuden was built in 1895 and was where the prominent Japanese martial art practitioners aspired to be recognized by the “Dai Nippon Butoku Kai”.
The event was attended by about 700 martial artists from around the world. The seminar was both a cultural and martial art event. Plus the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new friends from across the world. The event consisted of a number of separate sections.
We visited the 1,000 Tori gates gates at Inari and attended a Shinto ceremony at the Heian Shrine
Martial Arts seminars
We had the opportunity to attend martial art seminars in Jujutsu, Iaido, Kendo, Karate, Kobudo, Jodo and Sojutsu. These were taught by prominent Japanese Sensei. Our members took part in Shinden Ryu Jujutsu (Hanshi Kuwahara), Yanagi Ryu Jujutsu (Hanshi Kawamura), Sojutsu (Hanshi Nakada), Muso Shinden Ryu (Hanshi Meguro), Jojutsu (Hanshi Kinoshita). It was very enlightening receiving instruction from these very talented Sensei.
Official opening of Seiryuden Shrine.
Seiryuden was originally a Budo centre similar to the Butokuden but smaller, it was nicknamed Taisho Butokuden. The building was going to be demolished but the Governor of DNBK intervened and through his influence the building was moved and rebuilt on top of Shogunzuka hill overlooking Kyoto, on grounds owned by the Shorenin Temple. Myself and other DNBK International leaders were given the privilege of demonstrating our Budo as part of the inaugural opening ceremony of the shrine. Seiryuden is also the home for the famous 1,000 year old national treasure of the “Blue Cetaka”
World Botoku Sai
The World Butoku Sai was opened by Her Imperial Highness, Princess Akiko of Mikasa. There were many well wishes from dignitaries from across the globe including Barack Obama President of the USA, Queen Elizabeth of United Kingdom, Prime Minister of Japan, Prime Minister from Malta, to name but a few.
Princess Akiko gave an address at the opening ceremony where Kevin was awarded the ‘Butoku Dedication and Service award’. Princess Akiko also attended the dinner (we were two tables away) and watched the International Division of DNBK demonstrate their Budo skills. The Australian team demonstrated their Jujutsu skills and were awarded the Highest Honours of ‘Dantai Yushu Sho’ (Team Outstanding Excellence Award).
International Rensei Taikai
At the World Butoku Sai each team could only demonstrate one Budo discipline because of the large number of participants. However the International Rensei Taikai was only open to International Budo members (no Japanese members) so members could display multiple Budo disciplines. Our Australian team demonstrated Jujutsu, Judo and Iaido. For our efforts we again received the Highest Honours of ‘Dantai Yushu Sho’ (Team Outstanding Excellence Award).
Each member of our team also received a personal award for their efforts.
Members of our team were also recognised and graded
- Kevin Walsh 4th Dan Iaido, 3rd Dan Jojutsu
- Leanne Walsh 4th Dan Iaido, 3rd Dan Jojutsu
- Kurt Tancredi 4th Dan Jujutsu
- David Brown 3rd Dan Jujutsu, Shidoin Jujutsu
- David Maruskanic 2nd Dan Jujutsu
Kevin Walsh was confirmed as the Australian Coordinator for another 2 years. He was also appointed as a Jujutsu Kenshoin for DNBK.
An amazing week in Japan.