Sunday 19 January 2014, I attended the Hobyokan and Masakikai annual Kagami biraki ("opening the mirror") new year's gathering. A number of different martial arts were demonstrated as part of the gathering, including: Yagyu Shinkage-ryu heiho, Kashima Shinden Jiki Shinkage-ryu heiho, Shinto Muso-ryu jo, Masaki-ryu manriki, Hontai Yoshin-ryu (jujutsu, iai, bo, hanbo), Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu, Hakko Denshin-ryu jujutsu, Kokoro-ryu batto, Goju-ryu Karate, and Shito-ryu Karate. It was of particular interest to see demonstrations of a Shinto Muso-ryu kata called ran ai from different lines of the art, to look at the similarities and differences. Here is a version performed at an embu in Japan showing the kata, to give you an idea of its substance. It is a very dynamic kata perfomed with jo and ken. I performed sections of the to no kata from Jiki Shinkage-ryu as part of the Hobyokan demonstration. I also had the opportunity to demonstrate the Wu Taiji Quan Dao form as the last performer. Taiji Dao is of great interest to me in my current Yin Cheng Gong Fa practice and I was happy to be able to demonstrate it as part of the gathering.