Budokan actually means House of Martial Ways and is a single and multi-discipline Traditional Japanese Budo organisation, teaching and training in Karatedo, Aikido, Iaido and the Practice of Zen, meaning Meditation.
Founded in South Africa in 1960, the organisation spread to other parts of the country
and to other countries of the world.
We have a history going back 60 years we wish to share with you.
Come and help us build and share in a vibrant, inclusive Traditional Japanese Budo Community open to everyone, wherever you are and whatever discipline you follow.
Budokan is run by a small 4 person Team.
And we aim to spread the word about what we are doing.
It is our Organisation’s hope that this site becomes a regular place for Budokan people, friends and others with interests in Japanese Budo, to communicate and interact with each other and so help to build a Japanese Budo Community online.
We operate a policy of inclusivity - we wish for your involvement in what we are doing - and to respect the autonomy of all Budo organisations, dojo, (no matter how small), and their teachers, instructors, dojo leaders and their students.
ONLINE TEACHING AND LEARNING PLATFORM
Methods of learning are changing as what is practised in the Dojo can be reinforced online.
We have created an online platform showing all of our, currently 4 disciplines.
In words, pictures and video with audio.
Not only can you view the exact Kata you just learned in the Dojo - but you can also read all the stances, movements and techniques in Japanese - watch the kata in slow motion and listen to the Japanese pronunciation - fast forward and rewind it as much as you like and check out the pictures for more detail. All that and get video training tips for them all.
And if you wish to talk to your teacher or instructor about it, you can arrange do so by Skype or Zoom and then get on with your home training to impress everyone when you get back to the Dojo.
We have already received requests from individuals wishing to be included on our Black Belt Register, and we have accepted some and rejected those that did not meet the criteria set out by our Executive.
If you wish to recommend Budo people of good standing who deserve to be listed on the Budokan Black Belt Register and/or recognised in Title and Rank for their efforts in the practice, teaching, promotion and dissemination of traditional Japanese Budo during their careers, kindly email us using the Contact Form on this site and will will get in touch with you.
So many good Budokan people and Budo friends have left us and we need to keep a record of them and remember them in any way we can.
We ask for your help in the search for biographical detail of those who have passed away for our Memoriam page.
If you have any memories of the people on this page - please let us have them via the Contact Form on this site.
Message to all Dojo Leaders
If your dojo has a website or a page on FaceBook or anywhere else for that matter, kindly let us have your link for us to display and we will link this site to yours.
If you are a Member or an Associate we create a Dojo page exclusively for you along with a direct link to your dojo, where viewers can see what you are doing, pictures or short videos of your members training, along with grading results and pictures of various social events your Dojo you may be hosting from time to time and so on.
APART FROM THE MEMBERS AREA, THIS SECTION IS THE PULSE OF BUDOKAN - ITS DOJO AND ITS PEOPLE.
GET EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO EAT FOODS THAT ARE FULL OF ANTIOXIDANTS EVERY DAY - LIKE FRUIT AND VEGETABLES - TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM ALONG WITH A RANGE OF SUPPLEMENTS THAT DO THE SAME
LIKE VITAMINS C AND D, ZINC AND MAGNESIUM
If you don’t regularly suffer from colds and flu-like infections, are active, do enough exercise, get a good nights sleep, are not suffering from disease and you can manage stress in your life - then the likelihood is you have a strong immune system.
BUILD AND MAINTAIN A STRONG IMMUNITY ALL YEAR ROUND
We ask you to provide your own history and archive material in words, pictures and video for all to see and share as part of our objective to build an authorative chronological record
relevant to every discipline and all the events, gradings and social activities that occur from time to tiime for every Dojo, everywhere.
If your material is not in English - no problem just get in touch usiing the Contact Form on this site, we get in touch with you to arrange receipt, get the translation done and post it up for you.
We are currently working on getting this rather large pictorial history into chronological order.
WE BELIEVE TRAINING SHOULD ALWAYS TAKE PLACE WITH QUALIFIED INSTRUCTION IN A DOJO.
STUDY AND LEARNING NOW ALSO TAKES PLACE ONLINE - 24/7 - LEADING TO MORE TRAINING AT HOME.
BOTH WORK BRILLIANTLY TOGETHER.
As part of our plans to provide an historical narrative to each of our disciplines, Sensei Passmore sent over a Karate Genealogy spreadsheet to Renshi Bush, along with a request to see if he could do the research and build a story around the people responsible for creating the original Karate Kata, founded their different Ryu or styles and handed them down over time, so that we could enjoy practising and performing them today.
The result of all Peter's hard work has been extremely interesting and we hope you will all enjoy reading it.
Thanks to Toby Mellows for standing in for him.
Many of us have been training outside during this Summer especially at the Bransgore Dojo.
Lymington Dojo will have to wait until the Leisure Centres are ready which is expected to be in early September.
Please go to their Dojo pages for more information - we will let you have it when we have it.
ALL DOJO NEWS WILL BE MADE FROM THIS HOMEPAGE - JUST A CLICK AWAY FROM YOUR DOJO PAGE
We are very pleased to announce that Rob Rohrey 5 Dan has decided to rejoin Budokan after an open invitation to do so, was given to him recently.
Rob has impressive multi-discipline credentials in traditional Japanese Budo in Karate, Kyushu Jutsu and Kodokwan Jutsu.
He received his first Dan Black Belt from Ray Ryan in 1978.
The first Budokan Dojo in the Netherlands was opened by him in Zeeland in 1989.
Over the years, Rob has become well known and highly respected in both Holland and Belgium and he brings a wealth of experience and skill sets with him.
We look forward to our Dojo meeting up and training together soon - when travel conditions permit.
Go to the Zeeland Dojo page.
Really pleased to announce that David Ansell 7 Dan Kyoshi Iaido has joined us from Shinsei Dojo in Crawley near Gatwick London Airport.
David is well known by Budokan students in the UK.
He brings with him the prodigioous talents of his son Alex Ansell 5 Dan Kendo.
Kindly go to the SHINSEI DOJO page to read more and more info is on the way.
Good to report that the Budokan Karate Dojo in Jeffreys Bay has joined our Dojo Community.
Loek Lategan 6 Dan, one of he leading students of Whitey Pollett, runs his Dojo in one of the moste beautiful places, with some of the very best surfing conditions on the planet
More info to come.
Meanwhile go to his Budokan Dojo page to read more.
Welcome to the Pretoria Aikikai headed up by Paul de Beer 6 Dan.
Paul began his career in Japanese Budo with Budokan in the 60"s and he excelled himself by being awarded his 1 Dan Karate in 1969.
He began his Aikido journey soon thereafter and quickly began to disctinguish himself in the Aikido Dojo as well.
Paul played an important part in the formation of the Aikido Federation of South Africa and spent many years under the tutelage of Kanetsuka Sensei - well known to Budokan students in the UK.
Go to the Tuts Aikido Dojo page to read more.
We are very pleased to have Kelvin Daniels 6 Dan and his team join our Budo Community here at Budokan.
Kelvin started his karate journey in 1967 under the instruction of the late Sensei Vic Sykes.
He teaches and practices Traditional Shito Ryu Karate Do in a number of different centres in SA.
Now, in his own words he has "come full circle back to his Budokan roots and has the great honour of continuing his training directly under Doshu Richard Salmon".
Go to his Dojo Page to find out more.
A warm welcome to Cobus Calitz 5th Dan who lives in Gore, Southland NZ.
He began his training under Loek Lategan in 1979 and also under Whitey Pollett.
Apart from his own Karate training which he does every day, Cobus also teaches self defence for women in this remote and beautiful part of the world.
Go to his Dojo Page to find out more.
Welcome to the Kyushindo Dojo - the home of Yanagi Ryu Jiu Jutsu in the UK.
Well known to Budokan students from the weekend workshops in Buxton the Dojo is headed up by Chris Davies, who has been grade to 8th Dan in Japan last year.
Now that doesn't happen very often - so our congratulations to him in his ongoing study of these Ryu stretching back hundreds of years.
Go to his Dojo Page and read more.