2023-09-23 Tokyo Open Seminar


One-day Aunkai Open Seminar in Tokyo given by Akuzawa sensei, divided into two sections:

  1. Body development for Bujutsu
  2. Training for proficiency in bare-hands sparring

Aunkai derives its effectiveness from internal body manipulation and mechanics. The first part of this seminar will focus on essential aspects necessary to understand body structure, use of postural, and body development exercises (tanren) will be covered.
The second part of the seminar will be spent on the relationship to skills related to unbalancing an opponent.
The seminar will be presented so as to be accessible to people both young and old, with little or long experience in martial arts, and who are curious about how these arts are intended to work.


  • Date: 23rd September 2023 (Thursday [public holiday])
  • Venue: Musashinodai Primary School Gym Hall, Nakano-ku, Tokyo (Address: 5-1-1 Kami-Saginomiya, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165-0031)
  • Access:
    Seibu-Ikebukuro line: ~12 minutes walk from Fujimidai station
    Seibu-Shinjuku line: ~12 minutes walk from Sagi-no-Miya station, or ~ 15 minutes walk from Shimo-Igusa station
  • Time: 15:00–18:00
  • Fee: 8000 JPY
  • Application: please use online application form
  • While not mandatory, we recommend wearing of masks, as many person will be in close proximity
  • Note: direct participation without prior application is not permitted
  • Important: in the past we have experienced issues with venue changes outside of our control. If such a situation occurs, we will post changes on our website and notify applicants via email. Please check email and webpage for possible changes as the data of the seminar approaches.

Further Information

  • Participation: 18 years or older and in good health
  • Clothing/footwear: clothing easy to move around in; indoor shoes (barefoot also OK)
  • Other: please bring own water/drinks, towels

2023-04/05 France Seminar Photos

After a hiatus of 3 years owing to Covid-19, seminar as France could finally restart from april this year.

2023-04-20 Akuzawa sensei shortly after arrival in France, at Manabu Watanabe hanshi‘s training venue.

2023-04-22/28 Lyon: Black Belt Seminar & Intensive Seminar

2023-04-30/31 Paris: Master Class & Open Seminar

Apart from the above seminar, Akuzawa sensei also gave several private classes, and made time for some sightseeing.

The entire trip’s schedule was extremely tight with little time for relaxation, but happily achieved the primary objective of allowing students to meet with and feel Akuzawa sensei inthe flesh once again, leading to many happy faces, including also Akuzawa sensei who was delighted to be among his students once again.

Planning is underway for a repeat seminar trip in the coming year.

2023-04/05 France Seminar Additional News: Black Belt Promotions & Magazine Article Publication

(1) New Promotions to Black Belt Rank

As the first France seminar after 3 years of absence owing to Covid-19, Akuzawa sensei checked the current skill levels, and also promoted a number of students to black belt rank after confirming their progress and achievements.

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Jean-Luc, Akuzawa sensei, Olivier, Loic
Alex, Akuzawa sensei, Nicolas

Additionally, while unable to meet Akuzawa sensei in person during sensei’s seminar trip, a number of diligent students nevertheless graded with Manabu Watanabe Hanshi as sensei’s representative after sensei’s return to Japan, and obtained black belt rank.


Congratulations to the newly promoted Black Belts!!

(2) Article publication in French martial arts magazine Self & Dragon

While in France for the seminar, Akuzawa sensei was interviewed for this magazine article.

Photo credits: P.Y. Benoliel

2022-03-27 Tokyo Open Seminar Report

Affected by changes in the Coronavirus situation, the first seminar of 2022 finally took place a month later than originally planned, and at a different location; the timing proved fortuitous and happily a large number of participants could at last enjoy again training and studying under Akuzawa sensei.

Feedback from seminar participants who had made a long trip from around Japan was extremely positive, expressing both satisfaction with the material and level of instruction, as well as the overall enjoyment of Aunkai training.

2021-09-05 Tokyo Open Seminar Report

The seminar drew many applications, largely owing to the visibility generated by Akuzawa sensei’s collaboration on the Shioda Masahiro Youtube channel. Unfortunately, owing to lockdown restrictions, the number of participants had to be limited.

Since the vast majority of participants had no previous exposure to Aunkai, Akuzawa sensei chose to introduce an selection of the exercises used in standard classes for this seminar.

We extend our thanks to all those who participated in the sminar, and look forward to training together again in the future.

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End of year party & final training for 2019

Honbu dojo end of year party was held on Saturday, 7th December; final training for the year took place on Saturday, 21st December, leaving 2019 with a great atmosphere.

The year-end party included tons of discussion and brought up a few points of importance for training, much to everyone’s satisfaction. For sensei, as appreciation for the past year, was a gift of various items of clothing, which he wore right away. A very enjoyable event for all!

Sensei showing his delight at the presents, which were much to his liking.
Chicken hot-pot, with delicious soup to which was added later on some rice to make a wholesome gruel to end off the dinner.
A selection of the awesome sashimi.

It is rather amazing how quickly yet another year has passed. This year saw the reappearance of some old faces in the dojo again, a great pleasure, and the welcome entry of new members. Sensei felt that 2019 has been a good year of progress.

It is everyone’s hope that 2020 will see a continuation of learning in bujutsu, and sensei is there to encourage everyone to their best ability.

Last training of the year group photo.

October 2019 France seminar

From 19th–27th October 2019, Akuzawa sensei taught seminars in Lyons, France, first an exclusive black-belt seminar, followed by an intensive seminar for repeat attendees, and finally an open seminar for general attendance.

A very big congratulations to Julien Vicke and Mathieu Chauvel for passing their black belt grading to become new renshi.

Black-belt Seminar

At this seminar, Julien and Mathieu successfully graded for their black belts, congratulations!

Intensive Seminar

Open Seminar


Vegetarian-only meals were a feature of the intensive seminar.
The atmosphere after training, invaluable communication opportunity with Akuzawa sensei for the attendees.

April 2019 France Seminar

From 11th–23rd April 2019, Akuzawa sensei taught seminars in France, first an intensive seminar aimed at black-belts and repeat attendees in Lyons, followed by an open seminar for general attendance in Paris.

Lyons Intensive Seminar

After long years of training, Philippe and Antonio attained their black belt ranking. Congratulations!

Paris Open Seminar