Unique opportunity to see Japanese Budo

Unique opportunity to see Japanese Budo

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The Office of Sport has been co-ordinating the organisation of the visit to Sydney of Nippon Budokan Delegation from Tokyo Japan from the 9-16 November 2016.

The visit to Sydney is part of the commemorative events for the 40th anniversary of the basic treaty of friendship and cooperation between Japan and Australia, 76 members of the Japanese Budo

delegation, which consists of both modern and ancient budo disciplines, will be dispatched to Sydney for the purpose of demonstrating the art and introducing the true essence of

Japanese budo through seminars, workshops, and practice sessions with local practitioners.

The event aims at promoting global understanding, the wider dissemination of budo, and to contribute to the promotion of friendship between Japan and Australia.

A media release which has been distributed to the media today by the Consulate-General of Japan (Sydney) and Nippon Travel is available.

Please note the main event is being held on Sunday 13 November 2016 from 2pm to 4.45pm at Sydney Showgrounds Hall 4 (Sydney Olympic Park).

  Admission is “Free”.

This is a once in a life opportunity to see Japanese Budo Masters close up.

Our sincere thanks is extended to Australia Border Force, Department Immigration Nippon Travel, Steven Dingley, NSW Police, Consulate-General of Japan and Judo NSW for their invaluable assistance

Media Release

What is Budo ?

Some people use the term Budo to mean any discipline that has for the practitioner become a way of life. This is too broad a definition since it is a Japanese word and thus technically relates to Japanese disciplines. Likewise Chinese fighting arts also have similar generic terms such as Wushu, Kung Fu and others, that refer collectively to fighting arts from that region.

The word “budo” is the translation of characters used in the Japanese language (originally adopted from Chinese). “Bu” means military, or related to the military, or martial. “Do” means path, way or method. Budo thus refers to post-1600 generations of Japanese fighting systems based on former arts, but which emphasize “do” — personal, ethical and spiritual development as the ultimate goal of training.

Various Budo Disciplines:
aikido (harmonious meeting and control of energy)
iaido (sword drawaing and cutting))
jodo (short staff)
judo (throwing/grappling)
jujutsu (joint-locks, arm manipulations, chokes & throws)
jukendo (bayonet)
karate-do/Kempo (kicking/punching/throwing) 
kendo (sword)
kyudo (bow and arrow)
naginata-do (long “pole axe,” or naginata)

First to evolve was what is known as Classical Budo (or Kobudo) which in turn provided both the technical basis and spiritual/ethical foundation for Modern Budo, which includes kendo (sword), judo (throwing/grappling) and karate-do (strikes/kicks). Modern budo is often characterized by the inclusion of competitive aspects, but not always, as in the case of aikido (blending and jujitsu-like techniques). Included too are many jujutsu systems (which use the term “jutsu” but were developed or modified in the post-1600 era for civilian needs).

Budo should, however, be understood as distinct from Bujutsu which were and are (if still practiced) feudal period (pre-1600) fighting disciplines practiced primarily by professional warriors for battle, such as kenjutsu (sword arts), kyujutsu (archery arts), and various spear arts (sojusu, yarijutsu, naginatajutsu).