Robots on Yahoo! : A humanoid robot ‘HRP-2 Promet’ of Kawada Industries performs a martial art during a demonstration at the 2005 International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo November 30, 2005.
Actually, I cannot tell from the photo whether this is the martial art bojutsu (the Art of the Staff) or the rarer Bonote (the ‘Art the Stick’) and I doubt that the reporter would understand or make the differentiation a fighting technique and a ritual. Bojutsu (æ£’è¡“) is where Japanese kendo came from, but bonote is a stylized form, like a ritualistic dance. Bonote is part entertainment and part religious ceremony to frighten away evil spirits.