Humanitarian Japanese Martial Arts Training – Support to a People of Japan

Today I was invited to a special training organized by Serbian Aikido Federation and in cooperation with Kendo Federation of Serbia, Judo club "Olimp" and Karate club "Nippon", as a mean of raising money for support to a people in Japan struck by earthquake and tsunami on March 11th, 2011. This time I decided to be on the other side of the lens – or you may say I was lazy :whistle: – but now you have a unique opportunity to see how it looked like today in "Majdan" sport centre in Senjak, Belgrade.

a lot of participants, as expected

Karate-do

Judo

Kendo

Aikido
For youngest members it was probably a first time to participate in such event and for some of them it was opportunity to try something other than Aikido or Karate-do…

… while more experienced members, mostly yudansha from Aikido, could compare sword techniques from Kendo with those ones they`ve been practicing in Aikido.

It was crowded…

… but friends could find a moment to share a smile πŸ˜€




– more photos here
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A note for visitors of this blog from Serbia: if you want to give money donations in order to give your support to people of Japan, go to this web site where you will find all the necessary informations on how to do that.

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57 Responses to Humanitarian Japanese Martial Arts Training – Support to a People of Japan

  1. edwardpiercy says:

    Wow, the streets in Serbia must be very safe places! :DWhat is the flag at the bottom? Is that some sort of International Red Cross variant?I hope the effort goes well. :up:

  2. Dacotah says:

    Nice photos.I hope the fund raising raised a lot of money to help.

  3. gdare says:

    I don`t know how much they raised, we all participated with 1000 Serbian dinars which is about 10 EUR/13 USD but I saw some pople were giving much more than that :yes:Thanks πŸ™‚

  4. gdare says:

    :lol:A flag at the bottom was part of a design on a card I got after I payed my contribution. I`ve found it interesting so it is there now :DThanks :cheers:

  5. gdare says:

    I would have use bokken – wodden sword :left:

  6. qlue says:

    Seeing that crowd makes of wish I'd had the opportunity to do Jujitso training when I was younger. :awww:.

  7. sanshan says:

    Good thing you weren't there swinging your Battado sword around. A few heads would get lost in that crowd! :insane:

  8. Dacotah says:

    πŸ™‚

  9. gdare says:

    Besides the fact that Martial Arts could teach a kid to understand its own limits and possibilities, giving a chance to expand them, they are also teaching them how to be more confident and ready for what life could bring them. They can also, when properly taught, make one a better person. This is what I truly believe with my whole heart.

  10. gdare says:

    Aadil, why didn`t you?

  11. qlue says:

    Many factors.We didn't have the money growing up. We followed a strict Catholic upbringing so 'martial arts' was viewed as 'un-christian'. There were no dojos in the immediate area. And the ones in the surrounding areas only dealt with karate. :left:.After I completed school, life got in the way of a lot of things. A man's got to eat and getting a decent job was a priority. (one that took the better part of fifteen years if you don't count the crappy jobs that barely kept me alive. :faint:)What I believed as a kid, about martial arts being 'wrong', I now realise that I was wrong. Children need to learn the importance of unarmed combat in todays world. :knight:.

  12. qlue says:

    My late Mom was a pacifist and we were raised as pacifists. That most 'Karate Clubs' at the time were run by arrogant, white supremacist bullies probably didn't help. :rolleyes:.Is it any suprise that most of the school-yard bullies I remember were Karate Club members? :left:.

  13. intothedeep says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Besides the fact that Martial Arts could teach a kid to understand its own limits and possibilities, giving a chance to expand them, they are also teaching them how to be more confident and ready for what life could bring them. They can also, when properly taught, make one a better person. This is what I truly believe with my whole heart.

    I think it depends on the character of the person. While I agree with your opinion on this, I also think some kids will abuse these aquired skills.I know a person who received his black belt, but when he was in his twenties, he got into a fight with another man and ended up killing him. I hope the humanitarian efforts were a success :up:@ Aadil. It's very expensive here too.

  14. Mickeyjoe-Irl says:

    Very creative idea for a fundraiser. :up:

  15. Spaggyj says:

    There are so many people there who practise! More than I would have thought. A great idea to raise money.

  16. gdare says:

    Mags, also, it is on the teacher to decide how much of his knowledge will be transfered to his students ;)Mick, yes :DKimmie, people in Serbia like to practice martial arts. Not as much as football, basketball or, lately, tennis, but there is a huge martial arts community here, especially in bigger cities :up:Clint, it was a big hit πŸ˜†

  17. Cois says:

    very cool 😎 idea. Sounds like a big "hit." πŸ™„

  18. volkuro says:

    Nice event! :up:Thanks for the report. :happy:

  19. SittingFox says:

    That was interesting to see. I hope it was very successful in getting money to the Japanese.

  20. gdare says:

    Louis, the pleasure was mine :happy:Adele, I guess it was, sort of. We are not rich but hopefully some food and blankets will be given to those who lost everything.

  21. Stardancer says:

    What a great fundraising idea! Hope you all were able to raise lots of money for the Japanese people.There have been several new martial arts training centers open up here in the last few years. I was glad to see it. The discipline that is taught in the martial arts is much needed.:up:

  22. claudeb says:

    Originally posted by intothedeep:

    I know a person who received his black belt, but when he was in his twenties, he got into a fight with another man and ended up killing him.

    So, I guess he learned the technique, but not the spirit. Or the safety measures, for that matter. There's no-one to blame but him.I remember when a friend of mine was learning karate as a kid, and they were expressly forbidden from using what they learned outside the dojo, precisely because they could badly hurt an opponent. My friend did listen. I can easily imagine others didn't.

  23. gdare says:

    Star, what kind of Martial arts are practiced there?Felix, even though people tend to consider that as a sport, Martial arts are meant to hurt or kill people, as its basic purpose. This is what every student must understand at a very beginning and it should be repeated every now and then. Especially if they are under aged. It is not supposed to be used for fighting except in case of self defence and even then one must know when to stop :left:

  24. Stardancer says:

    Forms of karate and tae kwon do, mostly, from what I understand. I'm not familiar with the martial arts, Darko, so I'm not really sure, but those are the things I see most advertised.:smile:

  25. intothedeep says:

    Originally posted by claudeb:

    There's no-one to blame but him.

    I am not defending him. I think it was s senseless death.Originally posted by gdare:

    is not supposed to be used for fighting except in case of self defence and even then one must know when to stop

    That was his defense, but a poor one. He had had too much to drink and had engaged in a fight. His opponent was at a complete disadvantage. In the end, he was charged with manslaughter, and lost his liscense to practice law. Enough of sad thoughts, I'm going to think about "Kung Fu" instead, and of course you Dare. :up:

  26. rose-marie says:

    Nice photos! Is that the whole population of Zemun? :p Cool to see that many people showed up! :up:

  27. gdare says:

    Star, ok :up:Rose, no, the other half that is not into Martial Arts is missing πŸ™„ They were watching those who practice :rolleyes:Mags,:sing:Everybody was Kung-fu fighting,those cats are fast as lightning,In fact it was a little bit fright'ning,but they fought with expert timing… :sing::lol:

  28. sanshan says:

    Morning music madness again? :whistle:

  29. Mickeyjoe-Irl says:

    Considering the topic of this post it was inevitable. πŸ˜€

  30. Cois says:

    hmmm.. i need to get back and check out the other pics.. I keep forgetting.. :doh:

  31. MirabelaTM says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    They can also, when properly taught, make one a better person.

    I like your thinking. Probably because they learned what is discipline?

  32. volkuro says:

    Congratulations for the good news!!! :cheers: :hat:

  33. intothedeep says:

    πŸ˜†

  34. Suntana says:

    Darko … you were lazy.:eyes: Heyyy! You said we could say that.So I did. Originally posted by qlue:

    My late Mom was a pacifist and we were raised as pacifists. That most 'Karate Clubs' at the time were run by arrogant, white supremacist bullies probably didn't help. .Is it any suprise that most of the school-yard bullies I remember were Karate Club members? .

    Right before I read that, I was barely going to ask whether as in the movie The Karate Kid, ARE there really Dojos run by mean, bully-like Senseis. Is that the right term, "Sensei?"

  35. gdare says:

    Oh, and Louis, thank you :cheers: :happy:

  36. gdare says:

    San, you told me you like that song :whistle:Mick, ;)Clint, take it easy. You can find them on my FB acount, too :cheers:Mira, yes but also because one could better understand the world he or she is living in; and better understand his position there and his or her own possibilities; and what can be done to improve life of his own and those he care about…Mags :DCarlos, yes, "sensei" is correct term.

  37. There2ia says:

    Nice pictures,but anyway it was a very creative idea. and I bet you had a lot of fun there… πŸ™‚

  38. gdare says:

    I did :happy:

  39. There2ia says:

    luckily you were not

  40. qlue says:

    that smiley causes a weird optical illusion on my phone, making the text above it appear slanted and green! :faint:.

  41. gdare says:

    πŸ˜†

  42. studio41 says:

    very helpful and kind gesture you all have made! what a successful day of it, too! nice photos, Darko πŸ™‚

  43. There2ia says:

    Aadil…

  44. raniakasim says:

    am too late i know that , and I think that the friends here said every thing that one may say , but what about those fighter girls they look so strong , did any of them hit u ? :knight:

  45. gdare says:

    Jill, thank you. I was trying to catch gestures, facial expressions and overall movement, not strictly what they performed. I like them, too :)Rania, why would they hit me? They are not violent, as far as I know πŸ˜€

  46. raniakasim says:

    at all i didn't mean that girls are violent , they are like kind kitty all of the girl , but i meant during the practicing

  47. gdare says:

    Oh, that. Well, I was in audience, not on the mats. No need to fight anybody πŸ˜€

  48. raniakasim says:

    well so u were the lazy one this time , it is Spring one u should be more active than that :knight:

  49. Suntana says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Rania, why would they hit me? They are not violent, as far as I know πŸ˜€

    Maybe because THEY got hit because they were distracted by you and your camera? They'd go, "LOOK, tall dude, if I told you once, I told you a dozen times. Get that friggin' camera OUT of my FACE! :furious: " Ahhhhh! It all makes sense now.THAT's why we don't see any photos of you this time around.A camera smack on the face leaves a nasty black eye, doesn't it?

  50. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    I was trying to catch gestures, facial expressions and overall movement

    :up: I particularly like the one w/ children.

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