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Budo Kai Kan Open Day

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Brisbane Budo Kai Kan is Brisbane's only dedicated Japanese Martial Arts and Cultural Centre. Conveniently located opposite the Brisbane Convention Centre, very close to public transport, it houses several different schools of Japanese martial arts. These are Aiki Ten Shin Sho Kai International, a form derived from Aikido which involves both unarmed combat and Battojutsu (the art of drawing and cutting with a Japanese sword), Genbukan Ninpo (a ninja school), Kyokushin Karate, Komei Juku (using the sword, long knife and Naginata or bladed polearm) and Junior Jujitsu.

All of these schools teach self discipline, etiquette, respect and physical fitness.

Aiki Ten Shin Sho Kai demonstation at the 2011 Open Day


Batto Jutsu


In addition to martial arts, the centre also hosts classes in traditional Japanese art forms. There are classes in ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), shodo, (Japanese caligraphy) suibokuga (ink brush painting) and chado (the Japanese tea ceremony).

Visitors trying out shodo


The tea ceremony in progress.


There are also teachers of two traditional Japanese instruments, the shakuhachi (Japanese flute) and koto (a Japanese stringed instrument).

Shigeru Yomei Nakajima playing the Japanese flute at the 2011 Open Day


The 2012 Budo Kai Kan Open Day will be held on Sunday September 9th from 11am to 2pm. It will showcase the various classes the centre has on offer, with demonstations of Kyokushin Karate, Aiki Tai Jutsu, Junior Jujitsu and Komei Juku and there will be opportunities for visitors to participate in chado, shodo and suibokuga. All ages are welcome. Come along and sample some traditional Japanese culture!
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Why? To experience some examples of traditional Japanese culture
When: 11am to 2pm
Phone: 0433 552 562
Where: 82 Merivale Street, South Brisbane, (opposite the Convention Centre)
Cost: Free
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