When you think of Japan’s culture exports, what first comes to mind? While you might jump to sushi or anime, one of Japan’s many martial arts traditions probably also comes to mind. From karate to aikido, Philadelphia is home to a number of schools, some of which will be showcased on the Demonstration stage at Sakura Sunday.
River of Life Center
Kicking off the day’s activities is the River of Life Martial Arts and Wellness Center which is located in Fort Washington. The center offers classes in sword styles – iaido and kenjutsu – as well hand-to-hand forms – aikido and jujitsu. Get ready for an action-packed demonstration.
The swordplay continues with the Meishin Muso-Ryu school from the Stroudsburg area. Practitioners of iaido and kenjutsu, the Meishin group promises lots of flashy sword action.
With locations in Phoenixville and Bryn Mawr and affiliations with four additional area clubs, Mainline Judo is one of the largest active martial arts groups in the region. Judo has been practiced since the 1880’s and emphasizes grappling and throws.
Based in Philadelphia, the Doshinkan School of Aikido “teaches smooth, balanced, and coordinated movement in a non-competitive, cooperative atmosphere.”
Seishin Warrior Center
Building from the martial traditions of both ninja and samurai, the Seishin Warrior Center of Newark, Delaware has programs in ninpo (ninjutsu), jujutsu, and weapons.
The International Shotokan Karate Federation is also based here in Philadelphia. It “encourages the sound development of its members so that they may benefit physically, morally, and spiritually from the art of karate.”
There will be much to watch and learn. So whether you’re a martial arts enthusiast or just considering a new form of exercise, stop by the demonstration stage to appreciate the work of these dedicated individuals.