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Founded  in 1970

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Strong in hand, kind in heart

Welcome to Budokan


We have been established for 46 years in the UK and we cater for all adults of all ages, shapes and sizes.


Budokan teaches four traditional Japanese Budo -  martial arts and disciplines.

Karatedo – Aikido – Iaido and Zazen - or seated meditation.


Our members enjoy a progressive syllabus of traditional Japanese martial arts, taught to them by some of the best instruction available in the UK today.  


We hope you enjoy visiting our site.

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Individually hand-made and polished to a professional finish, visually attractive and the practical answer to comfortable meditation or a simple seating solution for improved posture.

Go here for a list of all of our highly skilled Dan grades, who make up the teaching and instructor base for Budokan.

Come in an meet some of the people past and present in Budokan.

The range of books available on the Japanese martial arts and philosophy is considerable.

This list is based on many years of reading the relevant material that has stood the test of time.

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with Passmore Sensei are available by arrangement at SenSpa in Brockenhurst.

Click here to contact him by email for further information.


If yoiu are a member of Budokan and wish to benefit from discounts at Nine Circles - Budokan is a member of their Giri discount scheme.

Just email us and we will send yiou our username and passward.

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To bring the Jo alive and to experience the wonderful intricacies of Kaeshi Waza in Aikido

Normallly the relationship between the wooden staff and the wooden sword used in Aikido is quite a formal affair - and for good reason - for it is here in the realms of Suburi (basic) and Kata (forms) that trainees can learn, develop and hone the skills that these weapons used in traditional Japanese Budo are required to be used. When they are released in a less formal environment and can be practised as Randori or the free application of their repertoire, it is really pretty extensive and risky.

Visit the Building Blocks of Aikido to see the basics in action - these moves need to be practised diligently and effectively, before Randori, or otherwise, injury could result - so, in general, we ensure that these sklls are in place before we ambark on Randori.


Kaeshi Waza in Aikido terms, is commonly referred to as the "counter to the counter" or a reversal technique - often applied during the flow of a current application, in which the receiver of the technique, can identify an opportunity, to mount a counter offensive and bring it to a sucessful conclusion.

Whilst that may be acceptable tin the normal to and fro of Aikido -at a higher level of understanding and practise - this type of training - lends itself to a really skilful application, along with the a deeper understanding of the true range of Aikido techniques that are available to us - if only we would use our imaginations and be more creative about their use in normal training at the Dan grade level.

A labour of love we know, but we are getting there

Ever since we have had an online presence, it has always been our intention to create a living history of the full range of our traditional Japanese Budo repetoire.


In late 2015 we bagan to post up  - the building blocks of our various Budo - in the public domain, so as to make available to our membership and the general public, a flavour of what it is that we do, that makes up the basic elements of our training, across all disciplines.


Next on the agenda, was the complete translation and presentation of all of the technical aspects of our training in Karate, Aikido and Iaido - in Words - in order to learn the words and explanations  - Pictures - in order to view and copy the stances and posture details - and Video - in order to see the speed, sequenciing and timing  -  in the membership section.


The words are descriptions of all the techniques we do covering stances, strikes, blocks, kicks, attacks, counters, holds, immobilisations and throws and weapons training, utilising all of the building blocks found on the publlic face of this site.

Click on each of the discipllines above to view them all.


Here are a few shots taken from the Sanchin kata in no particular order....

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And here are some from Yon Shimpo - again in no particular order...


Over the Summer we plan to complete all of the videos to these myriad of techniques, hoping to complete all of the pictures by the end of July.


Hopefully the videos will not take as long.


We will be posting short clips of all of the videos on our homepage - so doo keep an eye out for them.


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.



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Lymington Dojo


Sunday 24 September

2 pm







Workshop at 2pm

Lymington Dojo




Annual Gathering

Workshop at 2pm

Dinner at 7pm


The Manor at Sway.

Details to follow


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.


ON 11 AUGUST 2017