On 11 February 2018 (Sunday), visitors at the Toa Payoh sports hall were treated to an exciting range of Japanese martial arts and traditional performing arts demonstration by students from the Nippon Sport Science University.
The variety of Japanese martial arts showcased on Sunday included Judo, Kyudo, Kendo, Aikido, Karate, Shorinji Kenpo and Sumo wrestling. In addition to the display of martial arts, traditional Japanese dances such as Yosakoi-soran, Wadaiko, Nihon-Buyo and Japanese Taiko were also performed by students. Spectators cheered for their favourite martial artists while they sparred on the mat, flipping their opponents onto the ground in the Judo performance. Sumo wrestlers on the other side of the hall tested out their strength against each other in attempts to push their opponent out of the ring.
Here are the significant moments captured during the event:
Kyudo (Japanese Archery) showcased during the performance at Toa Payoh Sports Hall. Photo by Andrew JK Tan/SportSG
Shorinki Kempo. Photo by Andrew JK Tan/SportSG
The bamboo swords, also known as Shinai, with the protective equipment, Bogu, are the current gears of today's Kendo practitioners. Photo By Eugene Lim/SportSG
Demonstration of Traditional Japanese Dance. Photo by Siaw Woon Chong/SportSG
Aikido practitioners perfect their techniques through repeated practice. They do not compete and thereford they do not have competitive matches. Photo by Eugene Lim/SportSG