On the 11th January Seishin Budo Dojo UK had the honour of welcoming the Mayor of East Grinstead Cllr Danny Favor to our training hall (dojo) at Imberhorne School in Imberhorne Lane for our New Year ceremony called Kagami Biraki. The mayor and his wife were treated to demonstrations of our discipline, Iaido, traditional ancient Japanese swordsmanship, followed by further presentations of Wing Chun kung fu and karate by our members.
Our guests were then presented with a Japanese tea bowl made by a famous potter, a certificate of appreciation and flowers for the mayor’s wife by our teacher Hanshi Bruce Scrivens 8th Dan. The mayor and his wife joined us for our informal new year festival treats, and we discussed with him our trip to Japan and plans for this year. It was a fantastic evening and were greatly honoured to receive such dignitaries to our Dojo. We send our thanks to Cllr Danny Favor and his wife for coming to our celebration.