Four members of the Ronin Knights represented the US as part of the US Delegation to Kyoto Japan for the 20th anniversary of the Zen Nihon Sogo Budo Renmi or All Japan Budo Federation. This organization is the governing body for "Budo" or Ways of the Warrior in Japan with support of the Japanese Imperial House for the protection of Traditional Japanese martial arts.
For several days there were seminars and demonstrations. The Mayor and Governor General of Kyoto were also present and gave dedication speeches.
Thirty eight countries were represented and each country had 15 minutes to demonstrate their different arts.
The RKs did kenjutsu (swordsmanship) and taihojutsu (immobilization's and disarms ) with a truncheon type weapon called a jutte.
One year ago 3/15 Blade was appointed Chief US Representative for the ZNSBR and in January 16 the Delaware Budokan became the US Honbu/primary dojo for ZNSBR and Nippon Seibukan Dojo in Kyoto Japan.
JAPAN September 2011
The Butokuden or Hall of Martial Virtue The oldest and most famous dojo in Kyoto.
The US team is 5th from the left.
Below..To the far left in blue.... Bill, Star Dragon, Dr Who and Blade
Bikes...Lots of motorcycles and scooters. At eight dollars a gallon for gas it's no surprise. We saw some really nice Harley choppers and quite a few Dragstars or what we call V-Stars. Many of the bikes would not get in to the US due to emissions and other problems. Lots of nice classic older bikes. We even saw a group of classic Low Riders...very cool
Samurai Weapons, one of 3 books written by RK "Doc" in a Kyoto martial arts store.
Above: Several members of the Japanese Defence Force gave a demonstration and seminar in the rifle and bayonet