“Budo” Festival on September 17, 2017 (Video)

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On September 17, 2017, at 14:00-16:30 o’clock at the sport complex of State Revenue Committee under the Government of the Republic of Armenia (former Mika) there took place “Budo” festival of the Japanese martial arts, which has already become a tradition. This year “Budo” festival was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Armenia.

Budo, which is translated from Japanese as a martial way, is the collective name for the modern Japanese martial arts. Karate, aikido, judo and kendo make the inseparable part of Budo. They are united by the idea of those views that there is no external opponent; there is only an internal opponent, your own self, which should be fought against. Thus, budo not only highlights the physical preparedness of a person, but also the development of mental and spiritual abilities: self-development by means of mental and spiritual harmony. This is the philosophy of budo.

In the frameworks of “Budo” festival, which was organized due to the joint efforts of the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Armenia, the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs of the Republic of Armenia and the National Olympic Committee of Armenia they watched exceptional demonstrative performances of martial arts of
karate

judo

aikido kendo

The main goal of the festival is the development and strengthening of Armenian-Japanese further friendly relations due to cultural exchange. And also the provision of successful performances of the Armenian athletes in the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. Taking into consideration the great popularity of Japanese martial arts in Armenia, as well as the official inclusion of karate in the program of Tokyo 2020, “Budo” festival will duly serve its purpose.

Of course at the opening of the festival there delivered a speech the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Japan Mr. Eiji Taguchi.

Then there was the performance of the first master, who has arrived from Japan.

After that with the help of two Armenian sportsmen, there were the demonstrative performances of experienced and famous master of karate and famous judo master, who have arrived from Japan. Their Japanese explanations were translated by the president of the Armenian-Japanese Educational and Cultural Exchange Center “IROHA” NGO Ruzan Khojikyan.

And the festival ended with a unique performance.

Author: H. Muradyan

translated from Armenian into English by M.Vardanyan