U.S. Martial Arts Festival in Redondo Beach


REDONDO BEACH — BUDO: United States Martial Arts Festival 2011 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach.

Doors open at 11 a.m. There will be martial arts performances at 12 and 3:30 p.m., and a panel discussion at 2 p.m.

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, and the U.S. Martial Arts Committee, established under the Shin Koyamada Foundation, are presenting the event with the support of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.

Budo (martial arts) to be demonstrated include aiki-jujutsu, capoeira, iai-jutsu, judo, jukendo, karate and kung fu. Sixteen performances will be divided into two sessions. Admission is $30 (VIP), $15 (orchestra) and $10 (terrace).

Admission to the panel discussion and the Japanese arts program in the lobby is free. Demonstrations of sado (tea ceremony), kado (flower arrangement) and shodo (calligraphy) will be given from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The panel’s topic is “BUDO: Why Martial Arts Is Needed Today.” The goal is to show how the spirit of budo influences people for world peace and to introduce the audience to the spiritual beauty of Japanese budo.

The moderator is Dr. David Matsumoto, professor of psychology and director of the Culture and Emotion Research Laboratory at San Francisco State University. The panelists are Robert Matsueda, vice president-education of the Northern California Kendo Federation, and Dr. Denis Gainty, assistant professor at Georgia State University’s Department of History.

For tickets, call (888) 507-3287 (weekdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.) or visit www.allamerican-tkt.com. For more information, visit www.mafest.org.