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.