42nd Kobudo Demonstration at the Nippon Budokan
The 42nd edition of the Nippon Budokan’s annual kobudo demonstration took place last weekend. The event also marked the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai (日本古武道協会, Old Japanese Martial Arts Association).
The Nihon Kobudo Kyokai organization was founded on December 7, 1979 (54th year of the Showa era) and it is a part of the the Nippon Budokan (日本武道館). Its purpose is to federate traditional martial schools in order to contribute to their safeguarding, their promotion, and their dissemination. As of 2009, it brings together 79 traditional schools. The Nihon Kobudo Kyokai has strict admission requirements for schools. Each of those must be a Koryu (古琉, old school) in the strict sense of the term or a Ryukyu Ko-bujutsu (琉球古武術 Okinawan Old Fighting Art). The norm is that each Ryu-ha (流派, school) is represented by a single organisation, with the exception of Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu, which is represented every other year by either the Takumakai or Kondo Sensei’s school.