組 UNITE 2019 – FUNDRAISER

THE FIRST ANNUAL EVENT DESIGNED BY THE JAPANESE MARTIAL ARTS COMMUNITY OF NEW YORK CITY.

 

This event is a literal uniting of various independent Japanese Martial & Cultural arts schools from New York City. This is the first annual event designed by the Japanese Martial and Cultural arts community of New York City to promote a deeper understanding of traditional Japanese Martial Arts culture, to encourage people to experience the benefits of practicing these arts, to help promote the different groups participating as well as help raise money towards “Project IE (家)” – which would be the establishment of a dedicated group practice space for traditional Japanese Martial and Cultural Arts.

The event will feature an Embu (demonstration) with a variety of traditional martial and performing arts including Kendo, Iaido, Kyudo, Taiko Drums, Naginata, Kyokushin Karate, and Shodo. The featured guest this year will be Kunikazu Yahagi Sensei, the current headmaster of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu (柳心照智流), a very rare form of Iaido. After the Embu, there will be a small reception and a silent auction.

OUR GOALS

  • To promote a deeper understanding of traditional Japanese Martial Arts & Cultural Arts
  • To encourage the public to experience the intellectual, emotional, psychological, and physical benefits of these practices
  • To help help increase membership of the participating groups
  • Demonstrate a cross cultural exchange between traditional Japanese Arts and modern society
  • To establish a cohesive traditional Japanese Martial Arts community in NYC
  • To sponsor a variety of Japanese Martial Arts masters to have annual seminars in NYC.
  • To help raise funds to establish a permanent, dedicated practice space for traditional Japanese Martial and Cultural Performing Arts in NYC.

The overall outcome of this event will be the coming together of the traditional Japanese Martial Arts community in NYC to host a coordinated event. To foster a cross-cultural exchange between traditional Japanese Culture and modern society, where the public will be exposed to a wide variety of these traditional arts and witness the benefits of these practices. Our hope is that this event will inspire the public to study one of these arts.

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WHO WE ARE

Kunikazu Yahagi

Iaido (居合道) Japanese Sword

The New York Budo Association (NYBA) was founded in 1963 by Yoshiteru Otani, an accomplished martial artist who also helped found the Japan Cultural Center. The mission of the NYBA is to sustain and disseminate the techniques, philosophies, and benefits of the Japanese martial arts, particularly the study of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu (RSR) (柳心照智流), which derive from one of the ancient forms of sword styles (古武道). Under the NYBA’s stewardship, the Ryushin style has developed into an international network of martial arts practice extending to the West Coast of the United States, Latin America, and Europe. For the past 15 years, the NYBA has hosted the annual Ryushin North America seminar with Kunikazu Yahagi Sensei (the current headmaster), in coordination with the school’s affiliated groups in Connecticut, New Jersey, Portland, Santa Cruz, Miami, and Vancouver. In 2017, the NYBA was formally registered as a not-for-profit 501c-(3) organization.

SPECIAL GUEST
KUNIKAZU YAHAGI SENSEI (矢作訓一 二代宗家)

Originally from the Katsuka district in Tokyo, Yahagi sensei began practicing Kendo at the age of 10 and holds a rank of 7th Dan from the All Nippon Kendo Federation.

He also studied Judo at the age of 12 and now holds the rank of 2nd Dan from the Kodokan school. He joined Ryushin Shouchi-ryu (at the time Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu) when he was 30, under Kawabata sensei.

Yahagi sensei is now the Soke of Ryushin Shouchi-ryu and is accredited a rank of 8th Dan from the IMAF (International Martial Arts Federation) and is also an active board member.

The New York Budo Association studies Ryushin Shouchi-ryu directly under Yahagi Sensei, who guides our training. He usually visits us in New York for our annual RSR Seminar (about once a year) or we travel to the Honbu in Tokyo.



Naginata (薙刀)

Pole Arm The Naginata is a pole weapon and one of several varieties of traditionally made Japanese blades (nihonto). Naginata were originally used by the samurai class of feudal Japan, as well as by ashigaru (foot soldiers) and Sohei (warrior monks).

The Greater New York Naginata Federation is a not-for-profitorganization founded in the spring of 2006. The specific objectives and purposes of this federation shall be: to provide education in the traditional Japanese martial art of Naginata to the public. The means of providing said education includes, but is not limited to, maintenance of educational facilities, presentation of Naginata arts in public demonstrations, seminars, and ongoing classes. This federation acts as a regional affiliate of the USNF (United States Naginata Federation).

Aikido (合気道)

Bond Street Dojo was founded in 1973 by Terry Dobson and Ken Nisson, and originally located at 49 Bond Street. Since 2018, the dojo has made its home in the East Harlem community.

After Terry and Ken’s departure in 1980, the dojo was established under Chris Jordan and Paul Kang, both of whom joined Bond Street as students of Terry Sensei and Ken Sensei in the 1970s. Today, Richard Webb (3rd dan) leads us as our Chief Instructor and Chris Jordan Sensei (6th dan) continues as one of our senior instructors.

Bond Street Dojo (incorporated as New York Aikido Society, Inc.) is a not-for-profit organization established as a place for learning and practice of the martial art of aikido. We are governed by a board of directors elected from and by the membership.

Kendo (剣道)

Fencing Kendo is a traditional Japanese martial art, which descended from swordsmanship (kenjutsu) and uses bamboo swords (shinai) and protective armour (bōgu). Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world.

Kendo is an activity that combines martial arts practices and values with strenuous sport-like physical activity.

Kenshinkai is located right in the heart of Manhattan. Although we are a relatively new dojo, having celebrated our tenth year in 2012, we have many dedicated members who are pursuing both their individual and common goals through the practice of Kendo. If you happen to be in New York, we would be very happy to have you visit us.

Taiko Drums (太鼓)

OMNY Taiko is a community taiko (Japanese drumming) group in New York City. Our members come from diverse backgrounds, but we are all united in our passion for sharing the beauty of taiko with the world. Through our drumming, we hope that the sound and spirit of taiko will resonate within your heart as it does within ours.

OMNY Taiko’s mission is to create community and strengthen the spirit through the art of taiko drumming. The sound of the taiko drum is as pure and as fundamental as the heartbeat and has the power to connect ourselves with those around us and with the universe at large. As such, we seek to develop our abilities as taiko players—rhythm, movement, teamwork, and spirit—and to promote taiko drumming through performances in the New York area and beyond.

Kyokushin Karate (空手)

Kyokushin is a style of stand-up fighting and was founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese Masutatsu Oyama. Kyokushin is Japanese for the “ultimate truth”. The word “shin” in Japanese has two meanings: “truth” and “new”. In this way, the meaning of the word “Shinkyokushinkai” means “true Kyokushinkai”. This organization remains true to the codes of Oyama Sensei who was against the professionalizing and commercializing of the organization.

Shinkyokushinkai is a traditional Japanese Karate system (derived from Kyokushin) which is rarely practiced in the United States.Our Club is recognized as an official school of the World Karate Organization (Shinkyokushinkai).

Kyudo (弓道)

Archery The New York Kyudo Dokokai is a Kyudo (Japanese Archery) study group founded in 2012 by Head Coach Rick Beal and Senior Instructor Phil Ortiz. The style of archery is labeled as Zen Archery, and recognized under the name of Dokokai.

The history of New York City Dokokai runs parallel with the Kyudo Practice of senior instructor Phil Ortiz. Over the 38 years of practicing Kyudo under various styles including: All Nippon (federation style), Heki-Ryu Chikurin-Ha, and Zen Archery, Phil Ortiz met with Rick Beal to study Zen Archery in Pasadena, California. It would be within the last 2 years that the practice of Zen archery would become a need to be brought to New York and led by Phil Ortiz. Phil Ortiz alongside, while under the guidance of head coach Rick Beal have decided to organize the New York City Dokokai; which is the represented school of Zen archery in New York.

Shodō (書道)

Calligraphy Japanese calligrapher and performance artist who is based in New York, and Tokyo. Koka has been doing calligraphy for 13 years. She loves exhibiting, and performing her works. Koka’s goal is letting people know the beauty of Japanese culture and calligraphy all over the world.

EMBU SCHEDULE

DATE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2019
TIME: 7 PM – 10 PM
LOCATION: Seward & Kissel LLP One Battery Park Plaza New York, NY 10004 (212) 574-1200
TICKETS: $30
SCHEDULE: 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Shinkyokushinkai NY – Kyokushin Karate (空手)
Toko Kyudokai – Kyudo (弓道)
Japanese archery OMNY Taiko – Taiko Drums (太鼓)
NY Kenshinkai – Kendo (剣道)
Japanese fencing Greater NY Naginata Federation – Naginata (薙刀)
Bond Street Dojo – Aikido (合気道)
New York Budo Association – Iaido (居合道)
Japanese sword Koka Calligraphy – Shodo
RECEPTION: 8:30 PM – 9:30/10 PM

SPONSORS

BASIC INFO

LOCATION :
Seward & Kissel LLP One Battery Park Plaza New York, NY 10004

SCHEDULE :
Start Date :10/03/2019
End Date :10/03/2019
Description: 組 UNITE 2019 – FUNDRAISER

10/03/2019 - 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM - EMBU – DEMONSTRATION
10/03/2019 - 08:30 PM - 10:00 PM - RECEPTION

FEE(S)

CONTACT INFO

Mitchell Ratchik
New York Budo Association
newyorkbudoassociation@gmail.com