Samurai fighting at Grosvenor museum

Building on the success of the current Samurai exhibition which runs until Feb 21, this Satuday at the museum, two free events will show the secrets of a Samurai’s armour and demonstrate how these Japanese warriors fought in battle.

‘How the Samurai Prepared for Battle’ shows how a high ranking Japanese warrior would have dressed for battle in the 16th century. The demonstration will involve a model being dressed piece by piece in a full suit of original Samurai armour, and includes a detailed narrative on the cultural and historic background of each piece.

This will be followed by a martial arts demonstration of Samurai fighting techniques by Yanagi Ryu Jujutsu, which will include the use of wooden and bladed weapons, and will be accompanied by a full explanation throughout.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing said: ‘The Samurai were warriors from medieval and early-modern Japan, who were some of the most formidable and disciplined fighters in the world.

“This is a rare chance to have a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a way of life which doesn’t exist anymore. The martial arts demonstration, given by highly trained fighters wearing replica Samurai armour, promises to capture the energy and intimidating control of these fearsome warriors.”

Both events are on Saturday 30 January. ‘How the Samurai Prepared for Battle’ runs from 1.30-2.30pm and the ‘Martial Arts Demonstration’ takes place between 3.30-4.30pm.

Admission is free and the suggested donation is £3. For further details visit http://www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk. Great stuff from the museum which has really improved its offering in the last few years.

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