wonderful welcome party with the joy of meeting old friends, drinking beer and
eating pizza, the first day of the seminar arose, which was dedicated to how to
handle the Bo. At the first session of the day, the small but enthusiastic
group was improving their Bo-Kihon, whose importance Shihan Dell Hamby, 5th
Dan Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan , again and repeatedly emphasized over the course
of the seminar. After performing the
different parts of the Kihon several times, Hamby-Sensei started to focus on
the details of the Kihon, which not only were important for the Bo-Kihon, but
for the Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan style in total.
After a strengthening lunch at the local Italian restaurant and a little
break to recover from the morning class, the second half of the day was
dedicated to the Katas of the Bo Shushi
no Kon Sho and Sakugawa no Kon
Sho, in which the students tried to use the lessons learned in the morning.
day of the seminar the use of the Sai and its Kata were the main topic. For
warm-up, the students, who were all a little bit exhausted but nonetheless
still motivated, recapped the Bo-Kihon and –Kata from the previous day. When
everyone was starting to sweat and ready to go, Hamby-san started to explain
the proper usage of the Sai and in which way the already learned lessons should
be incorporated into the use of the Sai. Again, after a revitalizing lunch
break, the group went on to practice the Sai-Kata Chikin Shita Haku no Sai, which was followed up by Chatan Yara no Sai for the more advanced
two days of dealing with two different weapons, the main topic of the third day
of the seminar was Bo vs. Sai. Carefully but strong and with the utmost respect
for the partner, the group of students learned how to use the learned
techniques and details of movement for a “real life” use of the weapons. Followed up by the, sadly, last lunch break, a
few students took the exam in front of the strict but fair exam-board and
successfully past it.
the event it is to say, that every seminar is a valuable experience, which
helps every Kobudoka to improve his or her performance and all of the
participants give their best to use the lessons learned to the utmost advantage
and are looking forward onto next chance to improve their skills, but also to
meet old and new friends and having a wonderful time together.