55th All Japan Aikido Demonstration (2017)

The 55th edition of the All Japan Aikido Demonstration was held on May 27th at the Nippon Budokan. This year, I was kindly allowed by the Hombu Dojo to shoot my videos from the arena, providing a much better angle of view than usual. It was also my first real test of the new Panasonic GH5 camera, which allowed me to shoot in 60 frames per second for a much more realistic render than the usual 24 frames per second. In order to make up for the lack of light, I used a Metabones speed booster along with my Canon 24-105 mm lens. The difficulty when shooting from downstairs is that one cannot really move towards another tatami between demonstrations, which is why I chose to mostly stick to the white tatami this year. I am mostly satisfied with the result but I will certainly improve several things next year.

Highlights of the 55th All Japan Aikido Demonstration

Guillaume Erard
Author: Guillaume Erard
A resident of Japan for nearly a decade, Guillaume Erard trains at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, where he received the 5th Dan from Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba. He also holds a 3rd Dan in Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu, the secretive art that Morihei Ueshiba learned from Sokaku Takeda. Erard is the Information Director of the International Aikido Federation and the Deputy Secretary of International Affairs of the Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Shikoku Headquarters. He is also passionate about science and education and holds a PhD in Molecular Biology.
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