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JANUARY 12th, 2020
On Sunday, our group held an event called “Kagami Biraki” (Opening of the Mirror), in recognition of the New Year. For this event, we had a few guests who attended. We opened with a small talk about the Japanese tradition of Kagami Biraki, and its significant meaning in starting afresh. It is especially significant for kobudō, as it signifies each practitioner of martial arts to put for their best foot and do even better in their training througout the year.
Following the small talk was a ritual blessing, as a sign of bringing good luck. Next was an enbu (demonstration), where we performed select kata (forms) and waza (techniques), choreographed specifically for public presentation. Afterwards, everyone treated themselves to some homemade yaki-mochi (roasted rice cakes). Mochi also plays a key role in Kagami Biraki.
Thank you to all who attended, as well as to all members who took part in this event!
JANUARY 8th, 2020
This is an announcement of the current updates to the site.
- Additional page “Curriculum” added to “Paths to Learning”
- Small update to “Cultural Studies” page located in “Paths to Learning”
- Update of schedules found in “Location & Schedule” page located in “Join”
- Additional tab “Media” to the menu
Recent changes reflect the direction of publicly sharing what we do in Chikushin Martial & Cultural Training Group. This is especially true for the Media section, where you can find pictures and videos of members in action. Before to check out the sections to view the new/updated contents, and look out for more updates coming up soon.
DECEMBER 29th, 2019
This month we had our bōnenkai (end-of-the-year party), where both students and friends of our group sat down and spent time together to enjoy great food and wonderful conversations. Truly a memorable night!
Looking back at 2019, there was much internal growth within the Chikushin group, as the structuring of lessons, and the progression of classes, are developing solidly. As a young group, we continue looking forward as we work hard and better our skills in kobudō.
Stay tuned for what’s in store for us and our website in 2020.
SEPTEMBER 15th, 2019
This is announcement of a new book coming out in September.
Here’s the information:
Title: Ninja: Secretes of the Unsurpassable Heart
Author: Teruhisa Komori
Publisher: One Peace Books (August 14, 2019)
Publication Date: August 14th, 2019
It is a unique book that not only gives a genuine overview about the origins, activities, and techniques of the ninja (aka shinobi, spies during the warring periods in Japan), but incorporates Mr. Komori’s research on their physical, mental and spiritual fortitude and how they were able to succeed in their missions. The studies conducted give many hints on how these traits of the ninja can also benefit people in today’s technologically & socially-driven societies in terms of dealing with stress and issues that arise through it.
Originally a book published in Japanese, Curtis Abu (founder of Chikushin Martial & Cultural Training Group) was recruited to translate the English version.
This book will be available through your typical retail bookstores and online stores. For those looking for a more analytical and detailed look into what made the ninja who they were and the methods they used to do so, pick it up and give it a good read!
JUNE 25th 2019
A small event promoting the kobudō we study was held on this day. The theme was about the importance of kamae (posture) as a kihon (basic component) in classical martial arts, and how kamae supports all of our movements. A few guests participated and did a great job in the training exercises prepared for the event. I want to give a big thank you to those guests for the excellent experience!