The Club Aïkibudo Pays d’Aix & Eurocopter is back at Japan Expo Sud for demonstrations and why not try it yourself if you’re brave enough?!
Discover and test Aikibudô at Japan Expo Sud
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Aikibudô is a Japanese martial art focused on self-defense. Most of the practice is about bare-hand self-defense techniques against any blow, armed or not, and any catch.
Alain FLOQUET, 8th Dan in Aikibudô, has worked a lot with the late Master Mochizuki MINORU for Aikido-Jujutsu and Katori Shinto Ryu from Yoseikan, with the late Master Sugino YOSHIO for traditional Katori Ryu, and late Master Takeda TOKIMUNE for original Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, which allowed him to mix tradition and the evolution of his art, Aikibudô.
A state graduate professor, he is one of the rare non-Japanese to have gathered such a cultural and historical heritage of Japanese martial arts, Japanese culture having no doubt been a most important inspiration source for him.
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Interview: Julien LEMANTINOS
Julien LEMANTINOS, the youngest 4th Dan worldwide, founder of the Club Aïkibudo Pays d’Aix & Eurocopter, presents this art which is very attractive thanks to a mix of power, efficiency and aesthetic. We have interviewed him.
What is special in Aikibudô compared to other more famous martial arts?
JL: That is not easy to answer… the strength of Aikibudo is its modernity and constant evolution. This discipline was founded by Alain FLOQUET, 8th Dan, expert in several Japanese martial arts. He made this discipline a pragmatic and intelligent martial art, a very good martial synthesis that anyone can manage.
Is Aikibudô much spread?
JL: Aikibudô has about ten thousand licensed members in France and can be found in over 20 other countries in the world: Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Canada, Switzerland, Poland, Portugal, Italy…
Are there blows?
JL: To learn how to better defend oneself, Aikibudôka are tought realistic attacks (punching, kicking, catching, strangling...) but Aikibudô is practiced without brutality and with respect for the partner. Because it’s a martial art but also a sport in which training is also a pleasure.
Are there competitions and meetings between clubs?
JL: No, Aikibudô is a traditional martial art and there is no competition. Yet, Aikibudôka meet regularly for courses, which allows sharing and progressing while training with new people.
Thank you Julien LEMANTINOS. Do you have a message for the attendees of Japan Expo Sud?
JL: While being at Japan Expo Sud, come and meet us, attend our demonstrations and take part in the initiation sessions!