Sunday, October 25, 2009

Asian Festival 2009

We recently participated in the Asian Festival by performing a demonstration of karate and kobudo.

This picture is of the whole class demonstrating Fukyugata Ichi.

We spent the majority of four classes preparing for the demo, and I think it went good and was well received.

I really do not have much interest in performing demos for audiences. It is hard to convey the essence of karate to an audience of non-martial artists. Fortunately, the Asian festival has a number of other martial arts demonstrations and there were many martial artists in the audience.

Some of the other martial arts demonstrations included Chinese Gung Fu, Filipino Kali, and Japanese Naginata.

I enjoyed watching the other forms and seeing the differences and similarities in technique and principles.

Overall, it was an enjoyable experience and I think we will participate again next year.

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