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    18/10/2020
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    Kenjutsu (Swordsmanship), mainly involves chopping movements, is one of the mainstream techniques of ancient Japanese martial arts when swordsmen fight for their lives. Swordsmen usually hold their swords with both hands, and with flexible footwork, they gather all the power on the sword blade through the coordination of their bodies. Enbudo practitioners strike with precision in sneaky angles, which is a technical Kenjutsu with both offensive and defensive skills. In ancient times, swordsmanship was used to kill enemies on the battlefield. Today, Kenjutsu which had long been replaced by guns and canons, has become a cultural tradition of refining people’s spirits and belief.

    Master swordsmen in different eras of Japan had created many unique schools. Among them, the Shinkage-ryū Kenjutsu was created during the Japan Feudal Period by KAMIIZUMI Isenokami Nobutsuna, the famous Kensei (Sword Saint). His teacher was AISU Ikosai, the founder of the Kage-ryū school. KAMIIZUMI later merged his ideas into the Kage-ryū Kenjutsu and created the Shinkage-ryū, which has far-reaching influence on the inheritance of the later generations. Many Shinkage-ryū practitioners go to the Mie Prefecture, the “Hometown of Kenjutsu” every year to attend the Kensosai. Through demonstration of techniques and exchange of thoughts on Kenjutsu, they retain this Japanese ancient Kobudo culture, which combines training of bodies and cultivation of minds.


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    • Enbudo

      Enbudo

      Kenjutsu (Swordsmanship), mainly involves chopping movements, is one of the mainstream techniques of ancient Japanese martial arts when swordsmen fight for their lives. Swordsmen usually hold their swords with both hands, and with flexible footwork, they gather all the power on the sword blade through the coordination of their bodies. Enbudo practitioners strike with precision in sneaky angles, which is a technical Kenjutsu with both offensive and defensive skills. In ancient times, swordsmanship was used to kill enemies on the battlefield. Today, Kenjutsu which had long been replaced by guns and canons, has become a cultural tradition of refining people’s spirits and belief.

      Master swordsmen in different eras of Japan had created many unique schools. Among them, the Shinkage-ryū Kenjutsu was created during the Japan Feudal Period by KAMIIZUMI Isenokami Nobutsuna, the famous Kensei (Sword Saint). His teacher was AISU Ikosai, the founder of the Kage-ryū school. KAMIIZUMI later merged his ideas into the Kage-ryū Kenjutsu and created the Shinkage-ryū, which has far-reaching influence on the inheritance of the later generations. Many Shinkage-ryū practitioners go to the Mie Prefecture, the “Hometown of Kenjutsu” every year to attend the Kensosai. Through demonstration of techniques and exchange of thoughts on Kenjutsu, they retain this Japanese ancient Kobudo culture, which combines training of bodies and cultivation of minds.

      18/10/2020
    • The Lion of Cambodia

      The Lion of Cambodia

      Cambodia dominated the Indochina Peninsula from the 11th century to the 13th century. According to stele inscriptions, the Kings of Cambodia during that period were skillful martial artists. Unfortunately, many of Cambodia’s historical records and artefacts, including those related to its traditional martial arts, were lost in the prolonged wars since the 14th century. Today, only the stone carvings in the Angkor Wat can provide a glimpse of Cambodia’s traditional martial arts.

      In recent years, traditional Cambodian martial arts have started to gain attention. Local martial artists found the last remaining Bokator successors living in rural areas and reconstructed this traditional martial art. As a type of well-rounded martial art, Bokator not only involves the use of body parts, such as fists, feet, elbows and knees, but also the use of takedowns and weapons. On the other hand, Baok Chambab is a long-standing traditional martial art in Cambodia which combines performance and competition. It is a traditional wrestling integrated with traditional music and dance.

      11/10/2020
    • Silat Showdown

      Silat Showdown

      Pencak Silat is a kind of traditional martial arts practised by the Malays in Southeast Asia. It is widely believed that this martial arts type was originated in the 6th century in the vicinity of Sumatra and Java. The origin and history of Pencak Silat has long been a mystery. It can be traced back to as early as 600 years ago, when the East Indies was invaded by the Western great powers. Back then, the last king ordered all his people to bury their family heirlooms in the mountains and the ground. At the same time, he turned the Arts of War, which were initially created for battles, into the Arts of Self-Defence, and passed it on to the people, hoping that they would be able to protect themselves.

      During the colonial era, all kinds of martial arts practices were forbidden. Pencak Silat had been concealed, and the ways of practising this type of martial arts altered as a result. On the one hand, martial arts routines were integrated into music and dance. On the other, martial arts masters taught small classes in night-time and tucked-away forests.

      Jerry and Evan went to Indonesia and Singapore to learn more about the fighting system of Pencak Silat in person.

      04/10/2020