Led by Shihan Selvey, Tsunami Yodokan’s team of Geoff Murray, Dennis Nikandrovs, Adam Bigden, Nathan Bourne, Natalie Williams, Sofia Demetri, Mike Hallam, Crusoe Robinson and Luke Robinson attended this year’s International
Butoku Sai and Youth Butoku Sai event in France. The Butoku Sai is a celebration of the traditional budo qualities of Japanese martial arts and, with 15 countries participating, it was a spectacular gathering at the Artenium Martial Arts and Sports Centre
At the beating of the taiko drum, the president of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai Honbu, Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada, along with masters of more than a dozen martial disciplines entered the main dojo and welcomed
the 500 strong international ‘Budoka’ to open the day’s training program.
Delegates were assigned their classes for both morning and afternoon and they were dismissed to take part in Judo, Karate, Jujutsu, Aikido,
Sojutsu, Kobudo Weapons, Iaido and Kendo. It was a great honour and very interesting to be instructed by the masters with their precise methods and students responded with their focus and appreciation, perfecting their own techniques or trying out new
disciplines. This was a great achievement, since each class was 2 over hours long.
At the end of the training day, with a closing speech from Hanshi Hamada, the taiko drum beat the formal departure of the Japanese delegation to the
bowing and clapping of all ‘Budoka’. However, one last surprise awaited members when the arrived at their hotels – the event was covered by French Television News! Shihan Selvey and Shodan Nathan Bourne were seen, practicing Sojutsu
by Crusoe Robinson
Demo Day France Dai Nippon Butoku Kai 2017
The France Butokai Sai 2017 celebrated the traditions and history of the DNBK not only in Japan but also to those upholding it across the
world. Staged in Clermont-Ferrand it commemorated the 159th – 160th anniversary of friendship between France and Japan, the Treaty of 1858, the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between France and Japan and the 110th anniversary
of Franco – Japanese Treaty of 1907. It was an event that displayed the unity of all nations with the common bond of upholding the spirit of Budo and to deepen the understanding of cultural history and life of Japan and France. The event forged friendships
between nations, bonds between dojos and opened students up to the opportunity to take part in other Japanese Budo disciplines.
On the final day of the France Butoku Kai Honbu members as well as all international members took part
in the closing ceremony demonstrating their disciplines in a 7 minute display. Harai no Gi (Traditional Opening Ceremony) was conducted by Kayoko Watanabe Renshi in which she displayed the style of Musou Jikiden EishinRyu Shiseikan, a style which emphasies
of drawing and cutting the sword in a single fluid motion. It was a rare opportunity to see such an old style of sword conducted in a beautiful and graceful manner by Watanabe, also the students of the Tsunami Yodokan dojo that were fortunate enough to also
train with Watanabe on the training day saw that there are undeniable similarities between Tenshin Ryu and Eishin Ryu.
Demonstrations by the Honbu that followed displayed astounding skill and dedication and allowed students to see
the finest from disciplines such as kendo by Nanjo and Isamu Yamamoto, jujutsu by Yutaka Takeda, sojutsu by Hiroo Nakada and Junichi Nagata, karatedo by Masahiko Uemura.
International DNBK members followed for the rest of the morning with
several teams on the mats demonstrating their best skills in Karatedo, Jujutsu, Aikido and Iaido for several minutes. The largest team participating in the event was the hosting nation France. With a team of 250 members all on the floor at once, their nation
displayed an energetic, disciplined and intense performance. This day was also a special opportunity to the young generation that are currently training in traditional Japanese martial arts, The International Youth Butokai demonstrated their best skills with
fierce budo spirit showing that they are the future.
Perhaps the most significant and memorable moment of this day for the Tsunami Dojo was our demonstration. The months leading up to this event our team trained vigorously to perfect the
forms Shihan had chosen as the best representation of our style. Our practice extended to outside the dojo, in our personal time and even in the parking space outside our hotel in France. For me after we executed the first seiza form the rest was a blur, but
what I do remember was the immense feeling of pride. Our team all dressed in black uniforms with the wave on our chests, we displayed unity and dedication to our style, its history and to our Shihan. In the closing ceremony, awards were given out and our team
was presented with the award Shorei Sho (commending team award). To be able to go home to the rest of our club and present this award for our hard work and dedication was such a valuable and memorable moment.
By Natalie ( Red ) Williams