From countries as far as Italy, Serbia, USA, Canada, and all over the UK, budoka from all over the globe gathered to at the Holiday Inn in Basildon, England on the outskirts of London to share their love, knowledge, and experiences of the martial arts and Japanese culture. Seminars were led by experts in their chosen discipline over the 2 days. Sensei Sean’s courses were well received. So much so that he was asked to become part of the Kodo Butoku Renmei fellowship in order to help spread the passion of the martial arts that we all claim. As its Canadian representative, Sean Sensei will help to promote awareness of the KBR here in Canada and at the same time will allow him to share his experiences abroad to an established audience. What is good about the KBR is that there is no claim of authority over each other among the instructors. Respect must be shared equally. A philosophy that has been dear to Sensei since a child.
Along with the training, SW had the pleasure of getting to know members of the group off the tatami. Both its leadership and membership were great to know as decent human beings who put character over rank in order of importance. Another match for Sensei. They demonstrated compassion for each other and an open mindedness towards different cultures. Having being engrossed in a Japan-centric organization for decades, experiencing a European approach to the martial arts was enlightening to him and certainly added to his appreciation of being involved in this way of life.
The next event is in Marsala, Sicily, Italy on June 2nd and 3rd. Let’s hope you will join Sensei and the other members of KBR on this weekend. Anyone interested is encouraged to discuss it with Sensei Sean.
Photos courtesy of Sean Nash Photography