Pylypets (Ukraine) Martial Arts Festival

June 2018

We took part in a martial arts festival held in Ukraine, Zakarpattia Oblast on June 23rd - 24th, helping to teach Jodo. The seminar (Aikido, Iaido and Jodo) started a day earlier and continued after we left, but during our visit the focus was mainly on Jodo. On Saturday we practiced for 5 hours and on Sunday we had two trainings totalling about 8 hours. Despite a bit unfortunate weather (rain and the temperatures around 7 degrees) we focused on the training and went over Kihon and the katas of Omote waza. We also enjoyed excellent organization, hospitality and food. We look forward to the next seminar in Ukraine, which will be held in September in Kiev.

Patrik Orth