Lantern Festival 2013

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 February 2013

Shorinji Kempo was pleased to be involved in the Lantern Festival in February this year at Albert Park where thousands of visitors came to celebrate Chinese New Year and to see various acts and performances over the 3 day event.  As we were also committed to Japan Day this year on the same weekend, we signed up for performances on the Friday and Saturday evenings.  All martial arts perform on an open stage and the crowds were very large.

Our demonstration team was made up of Kenshi from all three Auckland branches, and it included “street scene” demonstrations, single form work, pair form and embu or choreographed demonstrations from a number of kenshi.  We had children from 10 years old through to adults in their late fifties demonstrating as well as supporters taking photos and handing out flyers to potential newcomers.