Festival of Martial Arts and Culture 2014


Festival of Martial Arts and Culture 2014

October 11th & 12th we will see the largest gathering of martial artists ever known in South Australia, coming together for the Festival of Martial Arts and Culture to be held here in Salisbury. Not only will we be hosting Masters from Australia but from Japan, USA, Central Africa, England, New Zealand and the Philippians.

The festival hosted over 200 martial artists from the age of 6yrs to 65yrs from different Samurai Arts from all over SA, with a number of students coming from interstate and overseas.

Spanning over two days, the festival celebrates these diverse cultures living together within South Australia, and gives them the opportunity and platform to showcase them to an international audience. We believe that by exposing the community, to these wonderful and diverse cultures in such a way as this, they will more freely observe, learn, understand, and integrate with other cultures from theirs through positivity and become more tolerant of their cultural differences, directly benefiting the South Australian and Australian culture and its cohesiveness as a society. Through this event National pride will be enhanced and enable the feeling of unity among many Australians. Such an event condones bigger and better contributions to the community in which they live, and each and every person involved the feeling of being valued for who they are, and empowers them to be proud of what they can offer and bring to the event.

We are also met South Australia’s strategic plans under community – Vision. Helping to increase attendance in our festivals thereby increasing not only local but state vibrancy, creating a positive influence in the community making SA a vibrant place to live, work, play and visit. We at World Budo Kan Association Inc firmly believe that by attempting to bring this festival and our “come and try sessions” here we will help to connect, care and support one another through participating in a social community and economic activity.

It was a fantastic two days for all concerned, from our youngest students of 6 years of age to our adults.

 

 

 

 

 

Other than active training with some of the world’s leading exponents of the Samurai Arts, we had for the general public live demonstrations, music and dance, origami, Indian Henna (mehendi) painting calligraphy, kimono dressing and a “World Record Attempt”- witness the impossible with Channel 9 News reporting on the event!

 

Over the festival weekend raised significant funds for;

  • The Orphans and war veterans in Zambia.
  • Motor-neurons SA,
  • Parkinson’s SA,
  • Men’s Prostrate Cancer

 

 

It was with the greatest pleasure that “His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia” opened the WBKA Festival of Martial Arts and Culture 2014.

 

Along with the Deputy Consul-General of Japan, Mr Hirohisa Chiba, Mayor of Salisbury Gillian Aldridge.

 

 

 

Deputy Consul-General of Japan, Mr Hirohisa Chiba & His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia