The 2013 Hanoi Aikido festival, a sports event to mark the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan friendship relations, was successfully ended on January 28, after two days of performances.

It was co-organised by the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam, and the Hanoi Aikido Federation with support from the Aikido World Headquarters (Hombu dojo) and the Aikikai Foundation in Japan.

Over 200 martial artists, coaches and practitioners, together with Japan’s 6th Dan-master Hiroyuki Sakurai have introduced and performed unique techniques of Aikido to the audience.

Imported into Vietnam nearly 50 years ago, Aikido has thrived and been taught in many cities and provinces across the country, said master Bui Hoang Lan who leads the martial art in Hanoi.

In Hanoi, this martial art form has attracted thousands of people to practice in 10 different clubs, Lan added.-VNA