Each year, the Nippon Budokan Foundation dispatches a “Budo Delegation” (Japanese martial ways) to a different country to perform demonstrations, hold workshops, and facilitate greater international understanding of the traditional Japanese martial arts. This is a government-sponsored event sanctioned by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Sports Agency of MEXT. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the signing of the “Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation” (1976) between Australia and Japan, the 2016 International Budo Delegation consisting of 78 martial arts masters will visit Sydney from November 9~16.
The nine modern budo disciplines that will be demonstrated are judo, kendo, karatedo, shorinji kempo, naginata, aikido, sumo, kyudo, jukendo. There will also be three kobudo (classical) traditions at the demonstration: Hozoin-ryu Takada-ha Sojutsu (spear), Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Takuma-kai, and Hokushin Itto-ryu Kenjutsu (swordsmanship).
November 11, 2016 (Fri.) – Mini Budo Seminar and Demonstration(UNSW, Colombo Theatre A; 14:00-16:00)November 12, 2016 (Sat.) – Free training with local dojosNovember 13, 2016 (Sun.) – Main Event – Budo Demonstration(Sydney Showgrounds Hall 4; 14:00-17:00)