Aikido Demonstration – Suzuki Toshio Shihan – Kagami Biraki 2022 – 3/4

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Aikido Demonstration during the 2022 Kagami Biraki & Budo Hajime, at the Nippon Budokan.

Tanto-dori by Suzuki Toshio, 6th Dan, Shihan.
Uke: Arima Hayato, 3rd Dan, Shidoin.

Aikido is a contemporary martial art founded mid 20th century by Ueshiba Morihei.
The founder studied several Japanese traditional martial arts while pursuing an intense spiritual practice. This leads to the transformation of the techniques, from “Jutsu” or “technical application” to “Do”, “the Way”, implementing a focus on the development of the practitioner’s character.
The founder used to say: “True martial arts are not meant for competing with techniques that rely on strength, but are a way for those who seek self-perfection”.
Today’s demonstration consists of throwing techniques, grappling techniques, defense against knife and free techniques, by a delegation from the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, the Aikido world headquarter.

The Kagami biraki is a traditional ceremony that translates to “opening the mirror” (symbolically).
Taking its roots in the Shogunate, it is strongly linked to Budo practice and, naturally, the Budo Hajime (the first practice of the year) is celebrated at the same time.

At the Nippon Budokan, the ceremony is held at the beginning of January and consists in:
– The Kagami biraki, with a historical reconstruction (in armor).
– Budo Demonstrations (by the 9 “official Budo”).
– Budo Hajime (the first practice of the year, all practitioners present can practice).
– The Oshiruko kai. “Oshiruko” is a traditional and popular sweet azuki bean paste soup with mochi (which symbolizes the sharing of the mochi that was broken before during the ceremony). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this last part has been canceled for sanitary reasons.

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