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ART•SPIN Community Day celebrates ‘Samurai: The Way of the Warrior’

May 6, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Mead Witter Lobby

Join us for an afternoon of Japanese martial arts demonstrations and hands-on activities in celebration of Samurai: The Way of the Warrior

12–3 p.m.  Transform yourself into a samurai warrior! We’ll make helmets, chest plates, and more!
1–1:30 p.m. Soyokaze Dojo, traditional Japanese martial art school of Madison will demonstrate ancient battlefield combat including unarmed, sword, and staff techniques.
2–2:30 p.m. Soyokaze Dojo repeat performance.
1–3 Docents will be available in the gallery to answer your questions about the exhibition.

Soyokaze Dojo has trained students in the Japanese martial arts of jujutsu and ninpo/ninjutsu in Madison since 2008. The art is over 2,000 years old and comes from the battlefield where proponents had to hone their skills in order to protect their life and home. Our Japanese jujutsu comes from yoroi-kumiuchi or armor fighting. After a Samurai was dismounted from his horse and his sword broken, these warriors had to resort to hand-to-hand combat techniques. Soyokaze Dojo, with its strong heritage and present ties to Japan, is proud to present a demonstration of some of these self-defense forms including unarmed, sword, and staff techniques.
Daniel Brandt, the head instructor of Soyokaze Dojo, has two 5th-degree black belts and is one of fewer than fifty people in the world to hold the title of Renshi (Journeyman Master). He has trained with his teacher for over twenty years. For more information about the dojo and class listings, please visit or visit the Soyokaze Dojo Facebook page.

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