PRLog - May 10, 2011 - ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Virginia Kenshinkai is pleased to present our Sixth Annual Swordfest and an outstanding opportunity to reach Mixed Art Edged Weaponry, Japanese Community, and East | West Sword Art practitioners and enthusiasts 13–15 May 2011. Swordfest is an annual event held by the Virginia Kenshinkai at Capital Area Budokai in Alexandria Virginia (Metropolitan Washington Region). This year we are also featuring training on Friday May 13th and Sunday May 15th for nominal fees.
DC Anime Club Attending 2011 Swordfest as Vendors
DC Anime Club (http://www.dcanimeclub.org)
DC Anime Club works to provide a positive, alternative activity to the youth in the area by exposing them to foreign culture, encouraging artistic expression and creativity, and providing opportunities for participation in community activities and leadership as a 501(c)(3) organization. For Swordfest, the DC Anime Club hopes to educate their members on the "real" samurai and other mixed sword art-edged weaponry practices of the East and West.
Since the Virginia Kenshinkai, Capital Area Budokai, and guest art forms are rare - non-commercial - serious applications, this will prove to be a day of interest for young and old alike attending to perhaps consider future training or just be quietly entertained. A 501(c)(3), Virginia Kenshinkai promotes appreciation of Japanese culture and history, provides student training and education and sponsors trips to international and national venues for certifications. We are reaching out to invite you to participate in the education and enhancement of community awareness for these unique arts and participants. This season we are accepting donations to aid our friends in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. These funds are being remitted to affiliate organizations within Japan to use at their discretion in restoration and renewal. A Virginia Kenshinkai donation box is available as well.
Along with our demonstrations (as stated above) are training sessions on Friday May 13th and Sunday May 15th with both hands-on and observational attendee capability. Feel free to reach out to us for a training schedule to ensure your seat at "nominal" rates ($10.00 to $20.00 per hour-long session).
Friday 13 May 2011 – Training Schedule
05:45 pm 06:00 pm Welcome to 2011 Swordfest Training Session #1
06:00 pm 06:30 pm Shakuhachi Flute
06:30 pm 07:30 pm Nakamura Ryu Happo Giri Toho
07:30 pm 08:30 pm Shin Shin Sekiguchi Ryu Iaido
08:30 pm 09:30 pm NoVA Budokai Kendo
08:30 pm 09:30 pm Aratashii Naginata
10:00 pm 12:00 am Washington DC Activities | Sedan Service City Tours
Saturday 14 May 2011 – Exhibitor Schedule
09:15 am 09:30 am Welcome by Sensei Drawdy
09:30 am 09:50 am Northern Virginia Budokai, Kendo - Brian Sherry Sensei
09:50 am 10:10 am Northern Virginia Tendokan, Aratashii Naginata - Fran Vall Sensei
10:10 am 10:30 am Capital Area Jodokai, Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo - Dan Pearson Sensei
10:30 am 11:00 am New York Historical Fencing Association - Michael Edelson Lead Instructor
11:00 am 11:30 am Shin Dojo, Mugai Ryu Meishiha - Rob Rivers Sensei
11:30 am 12:00 pm Yagyu Shinkage Ryu Hyoho - Paul Manogue Sensei
12:00 pm 12:30 pm Lunch Break--------------Lunch Break
12:30 pm 12:50 pm Shakuhachi Flute Playing - Raymond Sosnowski Sensei
12:50 pm 01:20 pm Virginia Kenshinkai Nakamura Ryu Batto Do - Dave Drawdy Sensei
01:20 pm 01:50 pm Byakkokan Dojo, Toyama Ryu, USBDF - Sang Kim Sensei
01:50 pm 02:20 pm NVA Assalto - Steven Reich Lead Instructor
02:30 pm 02:50 pm Shutokukan Dojo - Meik Skoss Sensei
02:50 pm 03:20 pm Shin Shin Sekiguchi Ryu - Dan Keupp Sensei
03:20 pm 04:05 pm Hobyokan Dojo - David Hall Sensei
04:05 pm 04:35 pm Northern Virginia Kyudo Kai - Bill Reid Sensei
Sunday 15 May 2011 – Training Schedule
06:30 am 07:30 am Exhibitor Registration and Move-In
07:45 am 08:00 am Welcome to 2011 Swordfest Training Session #2
09:00 am 10:00 am New York Historical Fencing Association
09:00 am 10:00 am Toyama Ryu, US Battodo Federation
10:00 am 11:00 am Gekken Sparring
10:00 am 11:00 am NoVA Assalto, Spadone Large Sword
11:00 am 12:00 pm Sekiguchi Ryu Kenjutsu
11:00 am 12:00 pm NoVA Budokai Kendo
12:00 pm 12:15 pm Closing Thoughts (Ketsumatsu)
Washington DC Activities | Sedan Service City Tours
We appreciate community support and look forward to your participation. Join us in Alexandria for an outstanding 2011 Swordfest. If you have any questions regarding exhibition, training, sponsor, vendor, marketing and literature distribution opportunities - please contact Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you 13-15 May!
About the Virginia Kenshinkai: a 501(c)(3), Virginia Kenshinkai provides student training and education, sponsored trips to international and national venues, and facilitates appreciation of Japanese culture and history centered on Japanese Sword Arts. Invitations are extended to elicit further tradition, participation, education, community awareness and market capabilities. This year we will be accepting donations to aid our friends in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. These are to be remitted to affiliate organizations within Japan to use at their discretion in restoration and renewal.
For 2012, the IBF (International Batto Do Federation), headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, has asked the Virginia Kenshinkai to host an International Batto Do Tai Kai next spring. The Kenshinkai is a branch Dojo within the IBF. We are hosting Judges and Senior Sensei from Japan with invitations to international branches (Britain, Serbia, Indonesia, and Australia). All exhibitors, vendors, sponsors, marketers and literature distributors from the 2011 Swordfest are first tier of invitees for IBF participation next spring. Various Japanese Sword Art Dojos throughout the United States (Florida, NY, California, plus others) are committed to attend and support Tai Kai in 2012 as well, which is to be an excellent Sword Art event
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