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    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 ...
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    The warm days have returned and with them, comes a time of demonstrations and martial arts events of all kinds. Indeed, we will soon be preparing for the great annual demonstration of the aikitaisai (合気大祭), and a few weeks later, the All Japan Aikido held at the Nippon Budokan. Soon after will follow the summer courses ...
  • 647

    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 ...
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    On the last day of the 12th International Aikido Congres, a large demonstration took place, featuring delegations from all member countries, as well as some of the senior instructors involved with the IAF. Due to the fact that up to four demonstrations were taking place simultaneously, I was unable to film them all, but here ...
  • 478

    The 54th edition of the All Japan Aikido Demonstration took place on Saturday, May, 28th 2016 at the legendary Nippon Budokan. Like every year, I filmed a few of the demonstrations throughout the day. As a one man operation, I of course cannot film them all so I tried to film in priority the demonstrations ...
  • 428

    The 53rd edition of the All Japan Aikido Demonstration took place on the 23rd of May at the Nippon Budokan. As always, I shot a small number of videos in order to document the event. These are presented below. Please note that being a one-man operation, I was not able to film every single demonstration ...
  • 527

    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 ...
  • 499

    In my last article covering the Aiki Taisai in Iwama, I had made the promise to report on it, so here are the highlights of the 51st All Japan Aikido Demonstration that was recently held at the Nippon Budokan. There, more than 8,000 practitioners from all over Japan and from abroad succeeded to each other ...
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    Video and photo report on the 50th All Japan Aikikai Aikido Demonstration held in Tokyo at the Nippon Budokan.
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    I recently took part in a Taiwanese documentary dealing with life in Japan since the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The journalist, Hsiu-Ching Airy Hsiao, kindly sent the whole footage that they shot on that day, including a short Aikido demonstration that D.j. Lortie and myself improvised for the documentary. I have edited it along ...