From August 11th (Friday) to August 17th (Thursday), the Katsuura Training Camp was held at the Nippon Budokan Training Center in Katsuura City, Chiba Prefecture, hosted by Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu Headquarters. (Headquarters HP: https://www.daitohryu.com/all/1764)
For the first time in four years since 2019, about 80 students from 18 countries around the world, including Japan, gathered together and practiced in three shifts: early morning, morning, and afternoon, and we can complete the camp smoothly without any major injuries or accidents. In addition, on the final day, August 17th (Thursday), a festival was held to mark the 80th anniversary of the death of Takeda Sokaku Sensei and the 30th anniversary of the death of Takeda Tokimune Sensei.
At this camp, a promotion exam was also held, and all five students from the Setagaya Branch who took the exam passed the Sho-dan exam. Four years after the establishment of the Setagaya Branch, the first black belts were born. I hope that the five students who were promoted this time will take pride in being Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu black belts, never be satisfied with this, and strive to reach even higher levels. It was a turning point for the Setagaya Branch, and it was also a new start.
Kyoju-dairi, Vice Headquarters Director and Setagaya Branch Chief