Section on the main events taking place in the community of Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Takumakai in Japan.
On Sunday February 9th 2014, the Nippon Budokan welcomed representatives of 35 schools of traditional Japanese martial arts during the 37th Kobudo Embutakai. This annual show is one of the most important events related to Koryu that take place in Tokyo, the other major one being the demonstration taking place in March at Meiji Jingu Shrine. However, the conditions were not ideal this year since one of the most severe snowstorms of the past twenty years had just passed over the country the previous day, killing 11 people, leaving 40,000 homes without electricity, and leading to the cancellation of over 700 flights. In spite of this, the passion of all these experts originating from all over Japan was such that they braved the elements and reached a Tokyo covered with 27 cm of snow in order to present their respective arts. Here details and videos of 11 out of the 35 demonstrations that took place on that day.
Every six months, an exceptional Daito-ryu seminar takes place in the Shikoku region. The event is notable because it is placed under the direction of one of the greatest experts of Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu still alive, Chiba Sensei Tsugutaka. The opportunity is even greater since many of the great Sensei of the Takumakai religiously entend this course in order to deepen a little more their of the art transmitted by Takeda Sokaku. This weekend was therefore a golden opportunity for travelling, learning, practicing with experts, and sharing.
The more I spend time in Tokyo, the more I realize that the world of Aikido is indeed very small. The beauty of this is that it is during random encounters and acquaintances that one end up making the most crucial experiences for one's personal development. Such an acquaintance happened once again on the tatami of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in May 2008 while I was staying in Tokyo and practicing Aikido intensively. Today, I would like to take you for a journey through time, to the discovery of a discipline which is the ancestor of Aikido. Those of you a bit more erudite on the subject know of course that I am talking about the Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu.