29th June 2013 Seminar with Holger Kunzmann Shihan
The Meehan Dojo is hosting a one day workshop with German Shihan Holger Kunzmann at the Harold’s Cross Dojo on Saturday June 29th, 2013.
The focus of the class will be the Kukishin Ryu Bojutsu system, focusing on basics.
For anyone who doesn’t know him, Holger Kunzmann is a long time student of Someya Kenichi Sensei who lives in Germany and has a great reputation for his mastery of the basics of Budo Taijutsu.
He has covered an enormous amount of technical detail on the ryuha of the Bujinkan Dojo in Japan and offers a kind of training that it’s extremely hard to get.
This training is open to all Bujinkan members and will run from 10:30am till 5:30pm. The fee for the day’s will be €60. All Bujinkan members are welcome.
There is a Facebook page for the event here.
10th August 2013 Seminar with Alex Esteve Shihan
The Meehan Dojo is hosting a one day workshop with Barcelona-based Shihan Alex Esteve on Saturday August 10th, 2013.
More details to come.
About Shihan Alex Esteve
Alex Esteve has been awarded 15th Dan, Kugyo Happo Hiken. He has been practicing martial arts for more than 30 years, having started with Judo at the age of 4. In his Judo competitions, he achieved excellent results and therefore started to teach in the Public Sports Center of Barcelona, Spain at the early age of 14.
During this same time he was also practicing jujutsu, kenjutsu and boxing. Then, at the age of 15, he discovered Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and from that time on he has devoted himself totally to this training.
His years of Bujinkan training have taken him all over Spain and across Europe where he has attended many Taikai and has learned from various Bujinkan instructors. His commitment to training in Bujinkan and this being such a big influence in his life, has given him the opportunity to meet many wonderful Bujinkan students and instructors with whom he maintains deep friendships.
Alex met Soke Hatsumi in 1989 at a Taikai. For the last 18 years he regularly makes study trips to Japan, oftentimes 3 per year. In Japan, he learns from Soke Hatsumi and from the Japanese Shihan.
Alex has a special relationship with Someya Sensei, who holds the title of Menkyo Kaiden in Bujinkan Battojutsu. At the request of Soke, Alex began years ago his personal training with Someya Sensei. This training consisted of Taijutsu (Kihon, Bujinkan Tenchijin and Ryuha) and the different associated weapons. In addition, from 2000 on, he added training in battojutsu, kenjutsu, iaijutsu, tameshigiri and other things related to the Japanese katana (Nihonto).
In collaboration with Hatsumi Soke, Shihan Alex has written and published two books: Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu – Exploring the Essence of the Martial Arts and AIPS System – Comprehensive Self Protection for Health Care Workers. For his knowledge, efforts and dedicated work in promoting the Bujinkan martial arts, he has been awarded with two ‘Golden Dragon’ Bujinkan Gold Medals and the Bufu Ikkan Shou (prize-award).
During his service in the military police, Alex Esteve was a defensive tactics instructor. He is also a certified FBI defensive tactics and firearms instructor, and has been studying with the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) in California, USA. Professionally, he is a graduate criminologist, with an Info-analysis and Forensic Science and Expert degree in Physiopathology of Violence by the University of Barcelona (UAB), and is also an expert witness in the use of force.
He teaches postgraduate, master degrees and continuing education programs for the University of Barcelona (UAB-EPSI). His company, CIFE-Academy, is an international consultancy group. He is director of training programs for police, military and specialized professions such as: correction officers, health services personnel and the like.
Shihan Alex Esteve divides his teachings into two paths. One consists of philosophy, psychology and ‘feeling’ of combat (based on traditional and modern perspectives). The other is based on the kihon, or basics and fundamental techniques of bujutsu and ninjutsu through the various Bujinkan Ryuha techniques of taijutsu and weapons.
This is Alex’s second seminar in Ireland.
There is a Facebook page for the event here.
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