An aikido seminar and international demonstration of the art was held at Mandalay’s Mandala Thiri multipurpose stadium yesterday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of aikido dojos in the former royal capital.
Aikido practitioners from Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Scotland, France, Guam joined their Myanmar peers in demonstrating techniques to the public audience. They also exchanged gifts with one another.
“This event will bring us lots of international perspectives,” said U Kyaw Thiha, an instructor and Secretary of Myanmar Aikido Association. He continued, “The benefits would be being able to exchange culture and aikido skills from all over the world. We are spreading aikido in Mandalay with two branches.” —Tin Maung Mahn Sub-printing House (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)