By Jeff Broderick The 34th Nippon Kobudo Embu Taikai was held at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, on February 6th, 2011. Taking place annually, this event always attracts a large crowd of history buffs and martial arts enthusiasts. This year in particular, perhaps due to a recent surge of interest in all things samurai-related, the crowd seemed even larger than usual. 35 different martial ryuha from across Japan gathered to demonstrate their varied techniques to the crowd – everything from empty-hand arts such as jujutsu, karate, and aikijujutsu, to weapon arts like iaido, sojutsu (spearmanship), archery, kenjutsu, and even gunnery were on display.Before the demonstrations,Read More →

By Jeff Broderick. To students of the martial arts, one of the best things about living and training in Japan is the opportunity to immerse oneself in traditional Japanese culture. Although the modern landscape here, with all its concrete, traffic jams, Pachinko parlors, and fast-food restaurants, does nothing to conjure up the spirit ofbushido, we are occasionally given the opportunity to attend cultural events that remind us of Japan’s illustrious warrior past. Shindō Musō Ryū Jōjutsu One such event is the annual Nihon Kobudō Embu Taikai, a gathering of many of the recognized traditional styles of martial arts in Japan. The event is held onRead More →