Kyudo Notebook: International Seminar of Budo Culture

As I mentioned last time, they’ve announced the 2012 seminar. I got the materials over the weekend. They’re offering instruction in nine different martial arts, both training in one’s own main discipline and the chance to get some small experience with two others. For Kyudo the instructor for 2012 will be Miyawaki Yasuhiro (Hanshi, 8-dan) assisted by Miyagi Kokichi (Kyoshi, 8-dan).

The theme for all but one of the lectures seems to be the educational value of Budo. No doubt this is due to the recent government decision that will require all junior high school students to train in Budo. Many of the organizations have had to work out a special curriculum for kids that young that can be fit into the required time allotments and accommodate all students, not just those truly interested. There has also been push back from parents due to injuries and deaths caused by accidents. I imagine it has been quite a challenge, and so, perhaps, this emphasis at the seminar.

Anyway see the link in the previous entry. They’re accepting 100 students and the deadline is 3 February. Applications have to be made on their own form, so the first step is to request one.

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2 Responses to Kyudo Notebook: International Seminar of Budo Culture

  1. Me says:

    I’ve been to this seminar a couple of times (maybe three times) back in the late 90s.
    A word of warning about the kyudojo: if you are a tall person (I’m 6 foot and was using a ni-sun nobi at the time), your yumi will hit the ceiling. My uchiokoshi was pretty high in those days. One of the hanshi had me shoot from kiza. Another solution was to bend the knees at the top of uchiokoshi and then straighten them as you go from daisan to kai. Anyway, it was less than ideal. But the instruction was tops.
    –Trying a new budo was fun, as was the annual kobudo/koryu hands-on lecture. Do you know what ryu is showing up?
    –The lectures tended to be a bit of a disappointment a lot of basic preachy stuff that most yudansha have read or heard before. Many people skip the lectures. But the issue of dealing with the new curriculum does sound exciting and I’d like to hear about it. Especially the teachers and parents going ape over having to teach budo, mostly judo (70% of schools have been choosing to focus on judo rather than kendo (too expensive) and sumo (too naked)). Some phys-ed teachers do a four-day intensive and are given a shodan at the end…as an occasional judo guy, I’d love to do randori with them!
    –Lastly, there are a ton of participants who go every year. They can be a bit cliquish and there for the drinking and swaggering, but there will also be lots of people new to the seminar too.
    Are you applying?

  2. karamatsu says:

    Hmmm… yes, tall and by that point probably with a 6-sun nobi bow. That should be interesting. But I guess getting around that sort of thing will be part of the fun. If I can go, that is. I did send in the application. We’ll see.

    I don’t have the materials with me here (still in Tokyo) but will check on the details when I get back home. I seem to remember that there is indeed a kobudo lecture/practicum on the morning of the last day, but I don’t recall anything more than that. I find the emphasis on education kind of odd. I mean… foreign residents aren’t likely to be too involved in the education push so it seems a little out of place, but perhaps it will still be interesting. I would have preferred more history/philosophy, but maybe that will work its way in! Our town will be offering kendo, but I think that’s because we already have a teacher there with 15-20 years of experience teaching kids.

    Interesting that there would be a lot of people going to the seminar every year. The application says that, in principle, first-time people have priority, so the number of applicants must be pretty low. Good chance for anyone interested!

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