Last year the Bushinkai Academy gave a martial arts demonstration at Manchester Japanese Festival.
The festival, Doki Doki, wasn’t just about martial arts it included Japanese food, music, Cosplay, fashion, gaming, Anime, Bonsai and Go. It was a great fun cultural event.
Bushinkai also had a stand at the table with some of the Hakutora equipment from Van Dang martial arts.
The first demonstration was Simon Keegan (5th Dan) performing one of the most advanced kata in Shotokan, Meikyo.
The legend of this kata in Japan is that one day the sun goddess Amaterasu went to hide inside a cave and so the world was plunged into darkness. The Thunder God did a war dance to entice her out and suspended a mirror from a tree. She came outside because of the commotion, saw her beauty in the mirror and decided to stay outside. For that reason the thunder god’s war dance became known as the mirror (meikyo).
Actually Meikyo was introduced to Okinawa in the 1800s and is probably the sister form of the Goju Ryu kata Seiyunchin. They appear to be related to the Chinese Hsing-I method of Hawk boxing. Rohai may have been an Okinawan attempt to say Louhan (a Shaolin monk). Meikyo was probably practiced by Kosaku Matsumora who taught it to his students such as Gusukuma and Kyan.
Simon was then joined by Ben Gaunt 1st Dan and Sam Bainbridge 6th Kyu for a demonstration of Karate and Jujutsu locks and throws.
Next David Keegan gave a demonstration of three forms of Musō Jikiden Eishin-ryū, a 500 year old “koryu” school of swordsmanship.
The forms he demonstrated were:
Junto Sono Ichi (Ordered Sword.One)
Tsuigekito (Pursuing Sword)
Shihoto Sono Ni. (4 directional cut two)
In 1939, Kōno Hyakuren, the 20th sōke of Musō Jikiden Eishin-ryū, created these fundamental forms, called Dai Nippon Battō Hō (大日本抜刀法) for training cadets at Japan’s Naval Academy.
The Battō Hō are based on techniques from throughout the system, but are performed starting in a standing position.
For the next demo Kicki Holm (2nd Dan Shotokan) performed the kata Gankaku which was previously known as Chinto. This form was introduced to Okinawa in the 1800s.
One of the king of Okinawa’s bodyguards named Kosaku Matsumora was sent to Tomari because a vagrant living in one of the caves was stealing from people. The vagrant’s name was Anan and he probably came from China or Vietnam. Anan ended up teaching Matsumora a Kung Fu form called Chinto. Matsumora introduced the form to Tomari Te and it was passed from him to Gusukuma and him to Itosu.
Following this demo Simon and Sam introduced some kata bunkai and pressure points.
Other martial arts taught on the day included Kaze Arashi Ryu Aikijujutsu led by Kirby Watson Sensei and Bukido Kobudo with friend of the Dojo Sensei Dave (who did the plumbing and electric in our Dojo!)There was also Kempo and Ninjutsu.