Kenjutsu Seminar V in Hochiminh City
The first week of December 2014, Otake Nobutoshi sensei visited our dojo for the third time to teach at the fifth Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu Seminar in Vietnam.
Like last year, we trained for eight to ten hours a day for a week. Sensei corrected our mistakes and when he deemed us ready he taught us new kata. His main message was: “Basic techniques are the foundation of everything that comes next.” Sensei taught us how to train cuts using tameshigiri.
At the end of the week Shobukan dojo together with the Vietnam – Japan Friendship Association organized a “Japanese Martial Art Demonstration”, in Hochiminh City. We invited other martial arts dojos like aikido, karate, kendo and iaido. Present The Consul general of Japan – Mr. Nakajima Satoshi and his wife attended our Martial arts day. Other dignitaries included: Mr. Huynh Minh Thien – Vice- president of Hochiminh city Union of Friendship Organizations, Mr. Nguyen Cong Tanh – President of Japan- Vietnam Friendship Association. The consul general performed tameshigiri after an introduction by Nobutoshi sensei.
Consul general of Japan actively joined the event
We are grateful to Iizasa Ienao the founder of the ryu, Iizasa Yasusada Soke, Otake Risuke sensei, and Nobutoshi sensei. Thank you also our fellow monjin from Latvia, Singapore, America, Russia, Belgium, Canada, France, Holland and Japan for a very successful seminar. We also wish to thank Johnny Tri Nguyen for supporting us with our kenjutsu seminar.
We hope to meet all of our friends from abroad again next year!
Otake Nobutoshi sensei enters the Shobukan dojo grounds while international monjin welcome him
The leaders of the seminar opened the seminar ritually
In 2014 Alex Guillermo assisted us with the translation
Otake Nobutoshi sensei explains the meaning of “Shobukan”
“In training martial arts, there are no shortcuts”
Sensei stressed the importance of strong basics in martial arts
Sensei took the time to explain how yoroi were made and used
More than twenty monjin visited the seminar from abroad
New friends from Singapore
Mr. Sergey Babkin from Russia and Mr. Bang from Shobukan Vietnam
Yury Sergeev – a friend from Russia
Ms. Alina from Russia and Ms. Vy from Shobukan, Vietnam
Mr.Gavrilenko, our kind and enormous warrior visited us again this year
People at the seminar trained with all their might
Mr. De Leebeeck, our friend from Belgium joined us again
Mr. Ugriumov who came all the way from Latvia practicing naginata with Malte Stokhof from Shobukan dojo
Nobutoshi Sensei teaches the details of Bojutsu
During our seminars, everyone has time to learn directly from sensei
Nobutoshi sensei watches and gives advice
Even on the last day of the seminar everyone still went full-out until the end
Like earlier seminars this seminar passed too quickly but we learned much, made new friends and exhausted ourselves
Shobukan Vietnam dojo credo: Work hard, relax hard
Two sheep were roasted especially for the seminar
The seminars always create “big friendships”
Dear sensei and fellow monjin from abroad, thank you for sharing your time with us. See you all at the next seminar!