In more general news, they’ve announced the 26th International Seminar of Budo Culture to take place March 7-9 at the International Budo University in Chiba. This is the seminar I attended in 2012, where you not only have a chance to practice your own chosen art(s), but experience new ones under the guidance of high-level teachers in each. In theory it’s only open to 100 foreign budo practitioners in Japan and (this year) 20 Japanese practitioners, but there is some flexibility. The participation fee (accommodation and meals included) is just ¥5,250, but for those of us far from Chiba there is, of course, the transportation.
The two lectures this time are “Brain Stimulation through the Practice of Budo” and “Internationalisation of Budo Studies,” as well as a Kobudo lecture, demonstration, and practice time, this time Kingai-ryu Karate Okinawa Kobujutsu.
It’s a good opportunity, especially for people nearby, to try different forms of budo and make contacts with others, but the practice times are necessarily short so it’s not so easy to get in any kind of intensive training like you’d have in full-day seminars focused on, say, kyudo. The web page is here and the application deadline is January 30, 2014. In principle the best way for people practising in Japan is probably to go through your local association.
Also, in the same notice, there’s going to be a Japanese Kobudo Taikai at the Budokan (Tokyo) February 9th. Anyone nearby might want to go check that out. There are details here (look for the news item entry on 2013/12/04).