14) Open Day Noruken Dojo in Dietzenbach, Germany
We had an open day in Noruken Dojo in Dietzenbach (Germany) on May 18, 2014 from 10 - 18 p.m.
The following topics were presented:
Kendo - Japanese swordsmanship
Razmafzar - Persian martial arts and swordsmanship
Highland Broadsword - Scottish swordsmanship
Each art will be presented twice and participants will be able to take part in each session and try out. There will be coffee, cakes, cookies, beverages and barbecue.
On May 18, different groups who train at Noruken Dojo led by its owner and master of Japanese kendo Mr. Norman Seidel presented their school and skills in an open day event. The presentations lasted from 10 am to 6 pm and included Japanese Kendo presented by Noruken-Dojo e.V., Persian Martial Arts presented by Razmafzar Team, Scottish Swordsmanship presented by the Broadsword Academy Germany and finally Yog, presented by Ms. Gabi Gerhardt.
Every group gave a presentation to the visitors first, explaining and showing the basics of their arts. After that the visitiros had the chance to ask detailed questions or to participate in a first training session directly under the professional guidance of related instructors. Every group and lecture was presented by masters of their art, so this was a good chance for the visitors and also the fighters of allthree groups to get to know other martial traditions from Japan, Iran and Scotland from experienced teachers. Every instructor gave his presentation twice that day so that everyone had the chance to join three presentations.
The day started with a loud "kiai", the war-scream of ancient japanese samurai, which is still used in Kendo today to build up concentration, correct breathing and develop courage. The group of Mr. Norman Seidel showed techniques from beginner's level, warm-up techniques like kiri-kaeshi and kakarigeiko, basic footwork and strikes such as Men, Kote and Do, hiki-waza (strikes when moving backwards), as well as techniques for jigeiko (sparring) with tactical details used for nuki, kaeshi or debana concepts.
After that Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani presented Razmafzar, the historical combat techniques of Persia and was assisted by Mr. Jochen Wack of the Razmafzar Fighting Team. He started with an overview on the various weapons used and then showed the basic principles of using a shamshir (scimitar) and a separ (shield) in battlefield fighting in full armor. He showed basic combination strikes to the head and leg as well as kicks, shield punches and wrestling throws in the fight. He also showed how the khanjar (curved dagegr) could be used as a secondary weapon together with the separ in the same hand. After that Dr. Khorasani showed the audience some techniques with khanjar and separ, as well as duel fighting with the qame.
Then the Yoga course was presented by Ms. Gabi Gerhardt . This was not a presentation, but the interested visitors and fighters were able to start their first Yoga class under her professional guidance. With various traditional body exercises, meditation and awareness exercises, Ms. Gerhardt also showed the participating martial artists, how the ancient indian philosophy can be helpful for their own training.
The final lecture was presented by Mr. Heiko Große, Cateran (Full Instructor) of the Cateran Society and Leader of the Broadsword Academy Germany as well as Razmafzar Team member and assistant instructor under Dr. Khorasani. Mr. Große first explained the historical background of fighting with Scottish weapons and then showed some examples of fighting with the Highland Broadsword. He showed drill exercises from military manuals, the advantage of shifting the Leg and countering with a cut at the same time, the use of the baskethilt as a knucklebuster in closequarter combat, as well as trapping and controlling the opponent's weapon arm to disarm or wrestle him down. After that Mr. Große assisted by his student Mr. Peter Stabel showed some techniques with the Scottish dagger (Dirk). Finally he presented the use of the two-handed Scottish greatsword.
There was also a lot of surounding programs that day. There was excellent food, a BBQ, cakes, cookies and coffee, beer and other cold beverages. The Hong Tip Thai Massage presented themselfs as well and gave free massages to visitors. It was a day full of showing various cultures and traditions from Germany to India, Iran, Japan and Scotland, with praticipants wearing traditional Japanese training gear (hakama, gi), Scottish kilt dress, training gear for Razmafzar (chukhe, shalvar) and traditional Thai dress. There was a variety of people from Germany, Iran, Sweden, Japan and Thailand celebrating on that sunny sunday together exchanging their traditions in an open-minded way. So not only the fighting and training arts of various cultures were presented that day, but the groups located in the Noruken-Dojo also had the chance to get to know each other better, exchanging ideas and making friendship.
Text by Mr. Heiko Grosse
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