Okinawa Gōjū-ryū demonstration in Malaysia
Since 2001 and for 15 times, the Nippon Budōkan Foundation has dispatched martial art delegations abroad. So far, they visited Cuba, Turkey, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Poland, Brazil, Netherlands, Mexico, Germany, India, Thailand, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Australia introducing Japanese martial arts.
This year from November 8-15, in relation with “The 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Malaysia”, 9 modern budō arts organizations (Kyūdō, Aikidō, Shōrinji Kenpō, Jūkendō, Karatedō, Naginata, Judō, Kendō and Sumō) and three kobudō* arts styles (Suiō-ryū Iai Kenpō & Masaki-ryū Kusarigama-justu, Yagyū Shinkage-ryū Heihō Kenjutsu, Okinawa Gōjū-ryū bujustu) visited Kuala Lumpur with Kōmura Masahiko as the head of the delegation. Mr. Kōmura is the president of the mentioned foundation.
Okinawa Gōjū-ryū was represented by four people led by Kuramoto Masakazu, IOGKF member and instructor at the Higaonna karate dōjō. Together with other martial school groups, they performed three times and held workshops for local enthusiasts. At the final venue, the Panasonic Sport Complex, each group performed in front of an audience of 2000 people.
* To be understood as old martial arts of Japan and not only as weaponry based martial arts.