1960 - 2022
passed away on
8 March 2019
Here we will hold a list and biograhical history of Budoakn Black Belts, Teachers, Dojo Leaders and Students who have passed away.
The list will be in order of the year that they were listed on the Black Belt Register.
An asterix will be shown against their names on the Budokan Black Belt Register, signifying that they have passes away and their names will appear here.
Budokan also has many individuals to remember for their instinting contribution to Japanese Budo, that they made, often with great personal sacrifice during their lives.
This page will honour them, for whom all of us connected with Budokan, shalll be forever grateful.
If we hold any biographical data in text, pictures, audio or video then the relevant persons name will be underlined and by clicking on that name, you will be taken to a special page dedicated to that person and his or her biographical history with Budokan.
We shall always remember them.
FRANK VAN RENSBURG
HENNIE VAN DER MERWE
OKIMITSU FUJII passed away on
10 April 2017
It is with great sadness and sorrow that we bring you news of the passing of Vic Sykes on the morning of Sunday 14 August 2016- after complications had arisen following a triple heart bypass operation in Durban South Africa.
A well known and much revered member of Budokan SA, Vic became a highly skilled Karate practitioner and a great teacher.
He is left by his lovely wife Moira and their son Clinton.
Vic Sykes - far right - attending one of the many Budokan events in sunny Durban. His wife Moira is facing away from the camera in the foreground.
On the far right - sitting down is Pam - the wife of the late Ray Ryan - one of the Co-Founders of Budokan SA.
In the centre of the pic at the back is Derrick Wridgway, whom Budokan UK students may recall visiting us at one of our workshops with his lovely wife Sylvia 5 years ago.
Other people Sensei Passmore recognises are Mike Bond seated in the middle and Alan Haig - standing in between Derrick and Vic at the back.
It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Fujii Sensei - a much loved and highly respected teacher of Japanese Budo - with just a slight penchant for Kendo.
Many Budokan students would have fondly rembered Fujii Sensei at the Traditional Japanese Budo events that were held in the magnificent Dome at the University of Derby Buxton, where this picture of him was taken in 2014.
It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Victor Harris who is famous for translating Go Rin No Sho by Miyamoto Musashi- A Book of Five Rings - a master class of strategy that should be in all Japanese Budo students bookshelves. The philosophy behind it is influenced by Zen, Shinto and Confucianism, and came to be used by many corporations around the world, especially in Japan.
The cover below shows an 1848 print of a picture by Kuniyoshi, showing Miyamoto Musashi practising fencing with two sticks, which became the hallmark of his technique and sword style.
It is with great sadness, that we have to post the news that Len Blunt, a former student of Budokan and beloved Father of one of our Dan Grades, Alex Blunt, passed away in Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington, after a pretty long battle with prostrate cancer.
Len was a gentle soul and was much loved by all who knew him and had the pleasure of spending some time with him.
He will be much missed by us all