Unbelievable – but true. This year we repeated last year’s success and held 29 seminars again. We almost broke that record, because all that was missing was one more participant on the event “Ninpo Ne Waza”, and because of that we had to call off the seminar that was going to be the “30th in 2016”.
Allow us to present but a small part of what we managed to do during the last year.
And this time we begin with international seminars organized in Macedonia by the Organization “Taiyou e no Michi”.
In April, we again had our teacher for Daito ryu Aikijujutsu, the shihan Antonino Certa who held his annual seminar in our dojo, during which he taught new techniques from this ancient samurai tradition.
And in May, in the Homby Dojo arrived Sensei Erik Louw, accompanied by a student of his. During the days that he was here he tried to transfer as much as he could from his rich experience of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu Bujutsu.
As for the seminar during which the lecturer was the instructor Dovezenski, the list look like this: seven held seminars for Daito ryu Aikijujutsu, of which four in Homby and three in the Skopje dojo. Eight ninjutsu seminars in the Homby Dojo beneath Lipac and two in the Skopje dojo. Seven in nature, among which, this time we will mention the legendary “Way of the Shugenja”, who on the request of the members of the dojo was brought back from the dead. During which, a astounding feat was accomplished which will be talked about for many years, because shidoshi Dovezenski and kohai Gakovski managed to travel an amazing 100 kilometers in one day, with no rest or pause.
This year, for the first time since the creation of the Organization, the instructor Dovezenski lessened his travels and improvements in other countries, and so took part in only one international seminar in another country specifically in Milano (Italy) where the lecturer was the shihan for Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu Bujutsu – Nobutoshi Otake.
Besides these events, others also deserve a mention: our youngest members ( Ninja Kids ) trained two times in the Hombu Dojo; we held a seminar for the organization CEED Macedonia, for which Bujinkan Macedonia received a thanking diploma for the support provided and the special part it had in the development of the business program for kids and young people in the country; during the December testing we got two new Sempai ( Vladimir Antonovski and Mihail Drakalski ).
The summer period was of course reserved for our widely known “Summer Koryu Camp”, during which the instructor Dovezenski, among other schools also taught the oldest Japanese one: Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu Bujutsu.
We also must say, that in 2016, Bujinkan Macedonia got a new nidan ( II dan ) meaning shidoshi ho Marko Opacik past the test for this masters degree.
Concerning the public appearances, this year we were guests on the show “Urban Tag” on TV21, as also a story with an interview in the newspaper “Vecer”.
In the end, as always we send a great thank you to all the members of the Organization “Taiyou e no Michi”, especially our students from Bujinkan Macedonia, who with their tireless work allowed us to again enjoy our amazing journey through the world of the traditional Japanese martial traditions ( Koryu Bujutsu ). We are not sure if next year we can keep the epithet “most dynamic European dojo”, but we promise that as long as our feet thread this Macedonian ground, our love towards the classical martial Japanese skills will keep growing.
Taiyou e no Michi. One dojo – one family, Bujinkan Macedonia. Our life story.