Ian Barrie, one of the martial arts instructors in Britain has recently awarded the prestigious title of Shihan in Nanbudo, in July, at a seminar in Barcelona, attended by more than 100 delegates. The significance of this award is the fact that there are only 35 Shihans living in the world at present. Ian Barrie is the one among the only two living Shihans in Britain. The award Shihan is equivalent to a sixth Dan black belt. Shihan is an award consisting of a red and white belt. It is presented in a peculiar manner. Both the award presenter and the receiver sit on their knees while presenting this ward. On the other hand others, normally the martial arts students who is taking part in this award ceremony are also sitting on their knees while presenting this award. Ian Barrie is currently working as an instructor at Gorioch Sports centre which is one of the topmost sports training centres in Britain. For the last 30 years, he is working in this Sports centre, training hundreds of people in martial arts especially in Nanbudo. He is giving trainings to the students Gorioch Sports centre only two days in a week; Monday and Thursday evening, whereas on Saturday evening he is giving training at the Kinellar Community Hall. Nanbudo is practicing only in fiftenn countries worldwide at present. Like most of the other martial arts, Nanbudo has also its origin or roots in traditional Japanese style of Karate. It should be remembered that there are many styles of karate practicing globally at present.
Chinese styles and Japanese styles of karate are the most prominent ones at present and Nanbudo’s resemblance is more towards the Japanese style of Karate. In Nanbudo, even though most of the actions and steps are similar to that of Karate, the defence and offence techniques are more polished or restructured to make them more effective. New levels of effectiveness and difficulty levels were incorporated in Nanbudo and hence it considered as an independent section of martial art. Unlike Karate, Nanbudo gives more importance to the defence techniques. Nanbudo is originated in Japan in the late 1970’s. The name Nabudo was derived from the name of the founder Yoshinao Nanbu. It teaches the traditional Japanese way of battle. Nanbudo was devised by incorporating some of the techniques of Japanese martial arts systems such as aikido, karate and judo. Nanbudo is devised based on four holistic concepts; breathing, energy manipulation, flexibility of movement, and mental strength. Apart from using as a self defence mechanism, Nanbudo can be used for health benefits also since it strengthens the physical and mental aspects of people who practice it. High blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, joint pains, some kind of psychological problems etc are some of the diseases which can be treated with the help of Nanbudo. Deep breathing techniques are necessary for the development of physical and mental strength. Deep breathing is one of the major remedies for many of the psychological problems. Deep breathing helps a person to consume more oxygen and hence the blood circulation levels to the brain would be increased. More oxygen is always good for the better functioning of the brain systems. Deep breathing helps a person to exercise the energy effectively whenever it is required. Nanbudo emphasizes more on flexible movements which helps the person to defend the attacks more effectively. Apart from his own movements, a Nanbudo practitioner will give more attention to the movements of the opponents also in order to tackle the attacks of the opponents more effectively. Mental strength is the primary requirement for a Nanbudo practitioner which is developed with the help of vigorous training and other holistic exercises. Nanbudo movements are based on the natural movements. Nanbudo never tries to make use of difficult unnatural movements. All the elements and patterns of the movements of the Nanbudo practitioner are indebted to the nature. These movements help the Nanbudo