Kobudo Demonstration
at the Budokan

February 2, 1997

This event, held for the first time in 1978, is the premiere classical martial arts demonstration in Japan. Co-sponsored by the Nippon Budokan and the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai, this demonstration occurs annually (or very nearly so) at the Nippon Budokan, and occasionally in other venues around Japan. Schools demonstrate by invitation only, and not all member traditions of the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai participate each year. In the 1997 event, the 20th, 39 schools participated; a selection of photographs is presented below.

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Hozoin-ryu Takada-ha
Yari technique of the Hozoin-ryu Takada-ha sojutsu.
Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu
Imai Masayuki (right), headmaster of Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu, demonstrates the distinctive two-sword technique of his school.
Mizoguchi-ha Itto-ryu
Kenjutsu of the Mizoguchi-ha Itto-ryu.
Sekiguchi Shin Shin-ryu
Sword technique of Sekiguchi Shin Shin-ryu jujutsu.
Kobayashi Tsuyoshi demonstrates the iai of the Shingyoto-ryu.
Shojitsu Kenri Kataichi-ryu
Kanzaki Masaru demonstrating the solo forms of Shojitsu Kenri Kataichi-ryu katchu battojutsu.
Yoshida Kunie (left) and Mitamura Takeiko demonstrating the naginatajustu of the Tendo-ryu.
Toda-ha Buko-ryu
Naginata yari awase technique of the Toda-ha Buko-ryu, presented by Meik and Diane Skoss.
This school, based in Hiroshima, specializes in the practice of women's defensive naginata; practitioners learn to execute technique wearing full kimono.

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