2022 Ranking and Grading Events

This year saw a number of grading examinations for Aunkai members with several years of experience.

In this set of gradings, use was made for the first time of a strict set of guidelines for judging not only external form but internal skills and understanding, which is to become the baseline for Aunkai gradings.

Akuzawa sensei’s feedback was an important part of the grade presentation ceremonies, giving students guidance on where to focus for the most effective progress.

2022.5.21 White belt grading / 2022.6.4 brown belt / black belt presentation

2022.6.18 Renshi black belt grading examination

2022.8.11 Hanshi black belt grading examination

2022.8/.9 Presentation of black belt ranks

2022.10.27 Grading of Akimasa Watanabe (Swiss Aunkai)

2022.10.29 Presentation of black belt and kyoshi rank

2023-02-23 Tokyo Open Seminar

Overview

One-day Aunkai Open Seminar in Tokyo given by Akuzawa sensei.

Aunkai derives its effectiveness from internal body manipulation and mechanics. In this seminar essential aspects necessary to understand body structure, use of postural, and body development exercises (tanren) will be covered.
A part of the seminar will be spent on the relationship to striking, unbalancing an opponent, and the relevance for aiki techniques.
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.

Details

  • Date: 23rd February 2023 (Thursday [public holiday])
  • Venue: Nakachou Community Centre, Rec Hall 2 (Address: 20-5 Nakachou, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo)
  • Time: 13:00–16:00
  • Fee: 6000 JPY
  • Application: please use online application form
  • For Covid social distancing purposes the number of participants will be limited
  • Owing to close interaction with partners, wearing of mask is mandatory
  • Note: direct participation without prior application is not permitted

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

2022-09-23 Tokyo Open Seminar Report

This seminar saw a diverse group of attendees from afar afield as Kyushu, Wakayama, and Nagano prefectures. As the photos show, we had to relocate to the normal training venue after an unexpected clash at our booked venue; this excitement it did not dilute the fun of the seminar, and learning the Aunkai method. Thank you for all the positive feedback, and that the seminar could help participants re-evaluate what bujutsu training involves.

Thank you everyone for makes this seminar such a success!

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.

2022-09-23 Tokyo Open Seminar

Overview

One-day Aunkai Open Seminar in Tokyo given by Akuzawa sensei.

This seminar will focus on understanding of the internal body mechanics underlying bujutsu and budo as used in Aunkai Bujutsu. Includes methodology of striking and Aiki.
Aunkai training isolates the learning of these skills and integrating the process of usage until it becomes applicable in practice.
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.

Details

  • Date: 23rd September 2022 (Friday [public holiday])
  • Venue: Musashinodai Primary School Gym Hall, Nakano-ku, Tokyo (Access information)
    Address: 5–1–1 Kami-Saginomiya, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165–0031
  • Time: 13:00–16:00
  • Fee: 6000 JPY
  • Application: please use online application form
  • For Covid social distancing purposes the number of participants will be limited
  • Owing to close interaction with partners, wearing of mask is mandatory
  • Note: direct participation without prior application is not permitted

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

2022-03-27 Tokyo Open Seminar

Owing to corona restrictions, rescheduled from 2022-02-21

Overview

First seminar of 2022!
One-day Aunkai Open Seminar in Tokyo given by Akuzawa sensei.

This seminar will focus on understanding of the core internal body mechanics underlying bujutsu and budo. The material is geared to giving participants insight and experience in replicating these skills.
Aunkai training targets the learning of these skills and integrating the process of usage until it becomes applicable in practice.
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.

Details

  • Date: 27th March 2022 (Sunday)
  • Venue:
    Kami-Itabashi Gymnasium
    Address: 1-Chome-3-1 Sakuragawa, Itabashi City, Tokyo 174-0075
    Nearest station: Tobu-Tojo Line “Kami-Itabashi” station (~10 minutes walk)
  • Time: 13:00–16:00
  • Fee: 6000 JPY
  • Application: please use online application form
  • Notes:
    – direct participation without prior application not permitted
    – for Covid social distancing purposes the number of participants will be limited

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

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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2021-09-05 Tokyo Open Seminar

Overview

One-day Aunkai Open Seminar in Tokyo given by Akuzawa sensei.

In this seminar, the emphasis will be on experiencing the principles of body movement underlying the Aunkai methodology, as derived from traditional koryū bujutsu training. This is a good opportunity to feel Akuzawa sensei’s skills, and to learn about the Aunkai system of training.
Aunkai is geared towards people both young and old, helping to build body skills that are both unique and powerful, irrespective of age. We look forward to seeing you!

  • Updated:
    Date: 5th September 2021 (Sunday)
  • Updated:
    Venue: Kami-Saginomiya Dai-Ni Apartment Assembly Room, Nakano-ku, Tokyo (Access information)
    Address: 4-chome Kami-Saginomiya, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165-0031
  • Time: 13:00–16:00
  • Fee: 6000 JPY
  • Application: please use online application form.
    Note: direct participation without prior application is not permitted.
    Note: social distancing requirement may limit number of participants.

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.

2021-02-20 Tokyo Open Seminar Report

Owing to Covid, is has been nearly 1.5 years since the previous seminar. We held this seminar taking suitable precautions.

Participants consisted of a core of regulars, plus some new people, some of whom travelled from as far away as Kyushu in order to attend.

The content of the seminar focussed on body movement, and this was ineresting and held new insights even for experienced bujutsu practitioners among the participants.

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