Tensho Dojo martial arts club in Sudbury celebrates 30th anniversary since foundation
A martial arts club, which teaches a centuries-old Japanese tradition at its Sudbury base, marked a significant milestone last week.
Members of Tensho Dojo celebrated the group’s 30th anniversary with its headmaster Hajime Risho Hayabuchi, who visits each year from Japan to teach a two-week intensive summer course.
During weekly sessions at The Curve arts centre in Tudor Road, students are invited to master various techniques with a katana, a long sword traditionally used by Samurai warriors, while achieving a high state of awareness with a calm mindset.
They also learn the kenshibudo, which incorporates the sword and a fan in two different disciplines, performed to a traditional Japanese poem.
Mr Hayabuchi has taught the annual masterclasses for more than three decades.
Initially, he had anticipated the club would only run for five years, but has been delighted by the students’ dedication, which has enabled the sessions to continue.
“I’m very pleased that they have wanted to learn the technique and the history,” he said, adding that he was unsure about how the tradition would be received.
“I was very surprised, but they understood very well,” he said.
Mr Hayabuchi’s granddad, who taught him the tradition, asked him to teach the technique in Sudbury, after a former member was keen to establish a group.
Students gain insight into the history behind the martial arts discipline during the sessions.
Chief instructor Peter Sandford said: “We teach them how to look after the sword and what it means in Japanese culture.”
Weekly sessions take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, between 7.30pm and 9pm.
For more information, call Peter on 01787 374961.