Tuesday, 28th December 2010

MSMAS Dojo details for 2011



• Tuesday 4th January ~ Senior & Youth Judo ~ 1900/2030hrs                               
• Tuesday 4th January ~ Iaido for Seniors ~ 2030/2200hrs                               
• Wednesday 5th January ~ ‘FREE’ Improvers Judo for Juniors ~ 1900/2030hrs                               
• Thursday 6th January ~ ‘FREE’ Novice Judo for Juniors ~ 1900/2030hrs                              
• Thursday 6th January ~ Aikido for Seniors ~ 2030/2230hrs                               
• Sunday 9th January ~ 'Kagami Biraki’ for ALL ~ 0900/1200hrs (See below)           
• Sunday 9th January ~ MSMAS General Meet (1 hour) ~ 1200/1300hrs (See below)           

‘Kagami Biraki’ for ALL…

MSMAS, along with many other Martial Art Dojos in Japan and across the world use the 'Kagami Biraki' ceremony to signify the first practice of the New Year.

• 0900             Harai no Gi (Opening Ceremony)
• 0905             Training for ALL Members in the Dojo.
• 1030             ‘Breaking the Mochi’ then Oshiruko, sushi & sake for all.
• 1100             Formal Demonstrations of Iaido, Kendo, Judo & Aikido at MSMAS.
• 1145             Official message from Hanshi Hamada in Kyoto, Japan.
• 1150             Traditional 'Banzai' by all present.
• 1155             Osame no Gi (Closing Ceremony)
• 1200             MSMAS General Meet for ALL

'Kagami Biraki' (鏡開き) is a Japanese phrase which literally translates to "Opening the Mirror" or, also, "Breaking of the Mochi." 'Kagami Biraki' in 2011 falls on the January 9 (odd numbers are associated with good luck in Japan). It is generally the first important event of the year after New Year Day and refers to the opening of a Kagami mochi, or to the opening of a cask of Sake at a party or ceremony. The 4th Tokugawa Shogun was the first one to hold this ceremony 300 years ago. Before going to war he gathered his Daimyo in his Castle to break open a sake cask. The battle was successful, so from there on a new Ceremony was born. In Japan, mochi was traditionally made at home. Over the holidays, a pair of round mochi (kagami mochi) the size of small plates, one a little larger than the other, is stacked on a stand and placed in a household Shinto altar or tokonoma as an offering to the deities that visit on New Year's. The ornamental mochi is removed on January 9 and broken into smaller pieces before being eaten. By this time, the kagami mochi is usually quite brittle and cracks appear on the surface. The mochi is not cut with a knife, since cutting has negative connotations (cutting off ties) and is instead broken with one's hands or a hammer. In 2011, to synchronize with DNBK ID Kagami Biraki to be held in Kyoto Butokuden, we have scheduled this ceremony practice session in our own Dojo, so we can send each other mutual spirit of goodwill and prayer for peace on earth. In addition, we will be thinking about all in Butokuden as we recall our moments with them. Please feel free to join us on that day and connect our feeling and spirit as 2011 Kagami Biraki brightens the arrival of the New Year and our renewed determination for the year ahead.

• MSMAS ‘General Meet’ 

Important MSMAS ‘General Meet’ at Honbu Dojo for 1 hour ONLY at NOON after ‘Kagami Biraki’ and ‘OPEN TO ALL’ MSMAS Members, Adults/Youth/Juniors PLUS ‘ALL Parents’

• Bad Weather

In the event of yet more bad weather and to avoid travelling when Sessions have been suspended, BEFORE attending please EITHER ....

Check the MSMAS ‘News Page’ @  for updates...

Call Honbu Dojo @ 01444 318422

Call Honbu Admin Office @ 01825 791703

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Sessions then resume for the New Year as usual…



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