After having been preparing the seminar for one year, Vyatsheslav Rogotsin of the Siberian Kobudô Federation was able to invite the Technical Director of Tesshinkan for Europe, Frank Pelny, to Tomsk for the second time. Forty-four martial-artists coming from nine different dôjôs did not want to miss the possibility to learn historically verified high-class Ryûkyû Kobudô by a qualified and experienced source. These participants came from Nowosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Biesk, Kisil, Anyero-Sudyensk and of course from Tomsk. All in all they spent ten hours of training in two different groups. The main topic of the seminar were the details of the BÔ-techniques of BÔ-NO-KIHON and of the kata SHUSHI-NO-KUN (SHÔ) and the handling of TEKKÔ (TEKKÔ-NO-KIHON, MAEZATÔ-NO-KIHON)
In order to create a relaxed mood the seminar was begun and ended by a self-defense lesson. Apart from defending against choking attacks the use of tools like umbrella or belt was shown and trained. The participants liked it very much.
On Friday evening even a filming crew of the local TV-station was there, too, and filmed some parts of the training and the demonstration given by Sensei Pelny. This several minutes-lasting documentation was even broadcast on the same evening during the news and was well received.
Within the seminar the dôjô-leader being there held a council about the further development of Kobudô and its perspectives in Siberia. They decided to follow the chosen path of spreading Kobudô in Siberia.
On Sunday morning 25 kyû-examinations were done and 23 martial-artists were even able to pass successfully. Besides Vyatsheslav Rogotsin, Georgie Glukkhov and Alexander Esipov became the first one in Siberia to achieve the 3rd kyû (green belt) in Kobudô.
On Sunday noon Rogotsin Sensei organized the first Siberian Kobudô Cup. Twenty-two participants from three cities (Tomsk, Novosibirsk and Anyero-Sudyensk) competed in four categories: kata female, kata male (both as adults), kata children and kumite. The kumite was performed as a yakusoku-kumite by a team consisting of two persons showing the Bunkai of BÔ-NO-KIHON number 3, 5, 5, 7, 9 and 10 while moving circularly. All competitors were excited and enthusiastic about this event. The desired medals became property of the following:
Kata female - Anastasia Kozlova (Tomsk),
Kata male - Alexander Esipov (Tomsk),
Kata children - Grigorie Aksinenko (Tomsk),
Kumite - Team Alexander Esipov & Igor Nerobov (Tomsk).
At the end of the seminar, when most of the participants had already left the dôjô, Sensei Pelny gave a special lesson for the instructors and taught them the most important details of BÔ-kata SHÛSHI-NO-KUN (SHÔ) and of the BUNKAI of the BÔ-NO-KIHON.
In order to tell everything completely some anecdotes having happened and sticking in everybody’s mind shall be mentioned, e.g. a umbrella broken during a self-defence demonstration for the TV, the almost put out eye during the kumite-competition or the unwanted contact with the Russian police, which fortunately was not ended by a full-contact fight.
All in all the organizer Vyatsheslav Rogotsin is worth being praised for the professional organization. It was planned, that Sensei Pelny would give some seminars in several cities lasting an entire week at all in Siberia in October in 2009. Siberia - Kobudô is coming!