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48th All Japan Aikido Demonstration
date: ?½@May 22, 2010
time: ?½@12:00?½`17:30
Nippon Budokan 
admission: free
attendance: 10,000
Doshu's greeting at the 48th All Japan Aikido Exhibition

?½@I would like to say a few words about this year Enbukai as an organizer, I am pleased that we are able to hold All Japan Aikido Exhibition such magnificently here at The Nippon Budokan today. Kisshomaru Doshu opened the doors of this venue to the public in  approximately 1955.  The first Aikido Exhibition was held in 1960 to introduce Aikido to the public and it had continued to this day. This exhibition is the largest event for the Aikikai. It is at this event that all registered dojos, company clubs and approximately 7,500 students gather together and demonstrate the results of their daily KEIKO. Aikido has spread to over 95 countries all over the world. It is very important that we keep the spirit of Aikido in mind as passed on to us by Kaiso, Morihei-Ueshiba.

?½@Through Aikido Keiko we need to learn the spirit of harmony which connects people to people and mind to mind. It is because of this that I believe that this demonstration is very meaningful. I hope that all participants will take part full-heartedly and make this event meaningful.  In conclusion, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and other relevant groups for their support.

 Preparation / Opening

sign for 48th


back office

fixing tatami

opening address

?½@Students / WAKA-Sensei / Dojo Enbu / TADA-Shihan
Dosh Greeting

Dosh Enbu

bouquet presentation
 Impression of the 48th All Japan Aikido Exhibition:

?½@--It was a great pleasure to attend my first All Japan Aikido Demonstration this year with so many good friends in Japan.  Being able to watch all the different styles from so many accomplished and experienced Sensei's was both a brilliant learning experience, and also really inspiring.  It's an enormous credit to the Aikikai Foundation that such a collective event takes place so successfully each year, with people travelling from all over the world to both spectate and of course, participate.  I managed to join in 4 times throughout the day!  I hadn't really anticipated the slight feeling of nerves I got but the atmosphere in the Budokan was great, with the drum sounding at the start and end each time and the pace of practise so quick.  This was the perfect way to end our trip to Tokyo, I was just sorry to have to leave so quickly for the airport and miss the after-kampai!  Next time! 
?½@(Lucie Flynn, Manchester, UK)

?½@--For the 3rd time we are in Japan and this time with the all Japan Aikikai embukai in our program. I'm not only watching the embukai but also participating. So I will see it from both sites. The embukai is something special for aikidokas all over the world. This is where you see many aikikai aikido dojos demonstrating what, for them, is the meaning of aikido. Most aikidokas are there to support their dojo and to watch the demonstrations of the Hombu Shihans and Doshu.
?½@There is a lot to see and some time you do not know where to look. On the 5 tatamis in the centre of the budokan, aikidokas are showing  their aikido with fun and pleasure. If you are not already training aikido, after the embukai you would certainly consider starting.  Some senseis show the softness in aikido while other uses  katana as to show the sharpness, which also exists in Aikido.?½@Even though the weather outside is nice and warm, the budokan is full with spectators and participants watching their fellow aikidokas sweating on the tatami. Every group, sometimes 5 dojos at the same time, has 2 minutes to give their best. All is well organised by the Hombu staff and the volunteers.
?½@Going to the changing rooms to prepare for our demonstration it seems like entering a different world. The place is vibrant, almost hectic with all the excited participants. Including us. With gate do we go to? And where do we find the west gate? Many questions, which are soon solved by one of the volunteers who is holding up a card which reads'CABN'. After some time, we enter the hall and go to our designated tatami. At the sound of the gigantic drum we start with our demonstration. Soon the drum sings for the second time, indicating the end our time. It seems like the demo is over in a blink off an eye. ?½@
?½@After us come the Hombu Shihans, starting with the young generation of teachers. They show beautiful clean aikido, mainly from shomen uchi or yokomen uchi.  The 7th dan Shihans show very energetic aikido. The movements are quick, precise and joyful to watch.  They emanate energy and you feel motivated to train more. Then there is the nice blending between the 8th dan Shihans and their ukes. They astonish you by showing the endless possibilities within Aikido.  Tada sensei, demonstrates the power and beauty of the movements originating from within.  He shows total control of himself and his uke.?½@
?½@ The Doshu?½fs demo is different from the ones  I have seen before. As always, the movements seem  effortless and are  clear and accurate. However, this time, there is  something more. He shows more than ever the importance of attunement  between tori and uke.  There is Ai (love) in his movements.
?½@This is what Aikido is all about, and I hope we all can experience this feeling one time sooner or later. The embukai is an experience, you will never forget.
?½@(Robert van den Bosch/Holland)

<A Tidbit of Information for the NIPPON BUDOKAN> 
?½@On June 30th, 1966, The Beatles held the first of a series of performances at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.?½@For many Westerners, the Budokan is synonymous with large-scale rock concerts.?½@The concerts have made performing at the Budokan a goal for many Japanese rock musicians.
?½@The Nippon Budokan, however, was originally built for the Judo competition in the 1964 Summer Olympics, hence its name, rendered into English is "martial arts hall".

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