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BUDOKAN KARATE - SHUKUKAIRYU
BUDOKAN AIKIDO - TRADITIONAL
BUDOKAN IAIDO - MUSOSHINDENRYU
ZEN - SOTO
DAVID PASSMORE 7 DAN KYOSHI
MIKE CLAPHAM 5 DAN SHIHAN
TOBY MELLOWS 4 DAN SHIDOIN
STEVE HEAD 3 DAN SHIDOIN
PAUL FLOYD 3 DAN SHIDOIN
TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THESE VIDEO TO GET A GOOD SNAPSHOT OF WHAT BUDOKAN TEACHES AND PRACTICES IN KARATE AIKIDO IAIDO AND THE PRACTICE OF ZEN.
I started my training in karate in 1973 aged 16. The dojo was in the basement of a hotel that overlooked the Southampton water. The style was Kyushindo, my teacher was a gentleman named Ray Wood.
After 4 years of training l was graded to black belt under the watchful eye of Kyushindo’s chief instructor a Frenchman by the name of George Mayo ( unlike most systems you were graded to black belt first and then shodan later) a couple of years later I was graded to shodan. In 1982 while working as a operator at Fawley Power Station l opened a dojo in their conference room which was well attended by some of my colleagues and their friends and family members.
In 1983 l was graded to Nidan. After nine years redundancy and a career change forced a break in my training.
In 2004 l was introduced by my good friend Richard Cozens to Kyoshi David Passmore who had recently started teaching Budokan in a small dojo in the New Forest .
I have been a student of Sensei David Passmore ever since and was recently privileged to receive the rank of Godan and the title of Shihan.
During this time l have been fortunate enough to attend three weekend seminars at Buxton University and one in Ardingly where l was able to take part in classes such as Jujitsu , Aikido, Kobudo, Judo, Jodo and Kendo to name but a few, taught by high ranking teachers most notably the late Fuji Sensei Kendo Master.
I have recently become a dojo leader at one of Sensei's satellite clubs where l strive to maintain the high standards instilled in me by my Sensei and the high standards that Budokan stand for . It is my aim to try and help the students that I train to be the best that they can be, whilst all the time trying to continually improve myself. Always the student!
Darren Waghorne with Irimi Nage
TRAINING VIDEOS OCTOBER 2022
Toby and Paull training in Ananko
Toby training in Pinan Godan.
Anyone spot the deliberate error?
Mike showing Pinan Sandan
Group Pinan Sandan
Mike training in Seisan
Paul training in Pinan Sandan
6 RULES FOR OIZUKI CHUDAN FROM SHIZEN DACHI HEIKO
5 Dan Karate
The Stance - Dachi
Stand with you feet together.
Keeping heels together open both feet out to 45º
Move both heels out square.
Open both feet out again to 45º
This is the Shizen Dachi Heiko stance.
Starting from the waist down.
First slightly splay the knees to put tension in the upper and lower leg muscles and to push the outer edges of your feet - the sokuto - into the floor using your ankles and also grip the floor with your toes.
This gives your punch a strong base to support it.
A strong punch without a good base will be ineffective.
The Fist - Seiken
You begin to do this by curling your fingers into your palm.
Start with your little finger first and then finally by wrapping your thumb across the index and middle fingers tightly because when you strike you want to be able hit with the first two knuckles of these fingers.
It is the little finger and the thumb that construct an ideal rock like fist that does not collapse upon impact.
(If your wrist is bent slightly upward or downward this will result in a weak punch and on contact, possible damage to your wrist)
The Posture - Shisei
Stand upright with your shoulders relaxed, bring your arms into the ready position at your side so the fists are facing palms up and level with your solar plexus and your arms are tight to the side of your body.
To prepare yourself extend your left arm out straight in front of you as if you've just punched.
Your palm should be facing downward horizontally aligned with your solar plexus and vertically with the midline of your body - your spine.
The Punch - Zuki
This is the form that you want to replicate with every punch you make.
In this position your first punch will be using the right arm positioned against your ribs in line with the solar plexus.
Sightly flick your right hip in an anti-clockwise direction which is the trigger that initiates the punch.
Immediately the hips move the punch follows extending your right arm in relaxed reflex action towards the outstretched left fist.
The palm remains facing upward for most of its projection.
As the punch is in its last 12 to 15cms you start to rotate it through 180 degrees to replace your left first which you now need to be pulling back very quickly so that both fists come to a stop at exactly the same time.
The fast pulling back of the left first gives added impetus and power to the punching right fist.
Breathing - Kokyu
Correct breathing is vital to a strong attack and to its intention.
Take a short breath into your lower abdomen before the punch and then expel the air so that your out breath and punch both stop at the same time. In the final second as your punch hits its target there should be tension from your toes up followed by immediate relaxation of the muscles whilst keeping the form of the movement.
Keep your mind focussed here and get ready for the next punch.
Common mistakes to be avoided:
Make sure you don't rotate your fist too early.
Make sure that the punch moves in a straight line from its start position to its finish position. This is done by making sure that as the arm is moving through its direction of travel it stays in contact and is not allowed to float away from your body distorting its aim.