NicoloA tall samurai wishing to become a grand master of "Kenbu Tenshin-Ryu".22-year old grad student studying physics from Pisa, Italy, wishing to become the very first grand master of "Kenbu Tenshin-Ryu" and open his own Kenbu dojo in Italy.
GiulianoA martial artist with blue eyes spreading Japanese martial arts across Italy.A 58-year old grand master of Karate in Italy. Together with Nicolo he's wishing to become the first grand master of "Kenbu Tenshin-Ryu" in Italy.
What is "Kenbu Tenshin-Ryu" that attracts the people all over the world?
To follow the 4-day training camp of "Kenbu Tenshin-Ryu"!
It is Giuliano and Nicolo's first time in Japan. They've come all the way from Italy to attend the 4-day training camp of "Kenbu Tenshin-Ryu" to be taught by Hiroyuki Aoki, the teacher of "Kenbu Tenshin-Ryu". Let's follow them!
A training camp with 60 students attending from overseas including France, Italy and Brazil.
A 4-day training camp of "Kenbu Tenshin-Ryu" attracts people from all over the world and this time the total of 60 students from Japan, France, Italy, Brazil, Philippines, Nepal, etc. Especially from France there are 30 people attending as they have a branch dojo there. The training includes practicing and taking exams for promotion, as well as Japanese culture experience in Wajima and Noto area.
The founder is well-known in the martial art world.
The 80-year old martial artist Hiroyuki Aoki, the teacher, is well-known in the martial art world and he was nominated to receive the highest 5th dan of Karatedo when he was 27 years old. When he was 30 he established "Shintaido" which is based on Karate and Aikido, and now it is practiced by 4,000 people all over the world. When he was 70 he separated the swordplay part from it to establish "Kenbu Tenshin-Ryu".
Bringing Japanese yoga-like new perspective to the martial arts world.
Kenbu Tenshin-Ryu has fans all over the world with its polite traditional Japanese Iai-Batto Kenjutsu. It is accessible to beginners because of its exercise taste taken in. All 60 students gathered on the sunny grass listening to teacher Aoki interpreted in French and Italian.
A very unique warm-up, Wakame exercise. What is that?
"Wakame exercise" is introduced as a warm-up. This exercise is to be performed in pairs and one moves as the wakame seaweed and the other moves as the sea water. Normally martial arts are performed focusing your energies on abdominal muscles but with "Kenbu Tenshin-Ryu" this is prohibited. Instead to relax and connect with nature is believed to have effect on testing the sharpness of the sword, and this warm-up is supposed to help the process.
Need to know some Japanese words as it is used in the practice.
Students need to memorize all the Kata as the practice using imitation swords is conducted in Japanese language, otherwise it'll be very tough to get through it. Giuliano taught Karate to Nicolo when Nicolo started practicing it to overcome his leg injury. They then became interested in "Kenbu Tenshin-Ryu" and started to explore the world of Kenbu.
Challenging for an exam for promotion to become a grand master!
Nicolo and Giuliano are challenging for an exam for a second dan promotion. There are no dojos in Italy and they have been practicing on their own back home as well as traveling to the branch in France.
Exam 1: Enbu, 2 kinds of sequence with multiple kata. Exam 2: Kumidachi, defense appropriately against attacks. 5 counterattacks with waza and kata.
Exam 3: Kumidachi, basic waza, need to listen to the names of 90 waza in Japanese.
How did they do?
It is Nicolo's first time at a Japanese style dojo and he seems to be very nervous. Unfortunately they did not pass the exam but they've promised to keep practicing to make their dream of opening up a Kenbu dojo in Italy come true. The Italian samurais with a lot of love in Japanese martial arts. Looking forward to seeing them again in Japan!