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Founded  in 1970

Welcome to Budokan


We have been established for 48 years in the UK and we cater for all adults of all ages, shapes and sizes.


Budokan teaches the History, Philosophy and Practice of Traditional Japanese Budo -  martial arts disciplines or ways.

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


Our members enjoy a progressive syllabus of these 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.



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.

A new feature of Our Dan Grades section, will be a Forum, where they wil be invited to post their observations and experiences of workshops and classes, covering a variety of techniques within all of the disciplines taught and practised by Budokan. ...

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

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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.


Budokan is a member of the Nine Circles Giri discount scheme on mpst of their clothing and equipment.

If yoiu are a member of Budokan and wish to benefit from discounts  on offer - just email us and we will send yiou our username and passward.

You can then buy direct.

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Budokan has many Teachers Maaters and Students to whom we owe so much.

We have now created a permanent presence  on the site, so that we can all remember who they are and be eternally grateful for the contribution they have made in the practice, promotion and dissemination of Japanese Budo.

Kindly visit the page.





Amidst the burgeoning enthusiasm for mindfulness in the West, there is a concern that the largely secular ‘de-contextualized’ way in which it is being harnessed is denuding it of its potential to improve health and wellbeing. As such, efforts are underway to ‘re-contextualize’ mindfulness, explicitly drawing on the wider framework of Buddhist ideas and practices in which it was initially developed. This paper aims to contribute to this, doing so by focusing on Zen Buddhism, and in particular on Zen aesthetic principles. It concentrates on the seven principles identified by Shin’ichi Hisamatsu (1971) in his classic text Zen and the Fine Arts: kanso (simplicity); fukinsei (asymmetry); koko (austere sublimity); shizen (naturalness); daisuzoku (freedom from routine); sei-jaku (tranquillity); and yūgen (profound grace).


An interesting take on the health enhancing potential of Zen aesthetics. more.....  

Modern day practitioners of Japanese Budo do not include the essence of the spirit of Budo, because of the absence of the spirit of Zen. Shinto and Zen Buddhism and a better understanding of Bushido. more...

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Message from Doshu - the Founder of Budokan

I wanted to share with you all a little background and history of your SENSEI DAVID PASSMORE, for he was with me from the very beginning of his "BUDO JOURNEY". and I know, perhaps more than any others, how far he has traveled more....








Lymington Dojo



Karatedo Caligraphy

Here are some video extracts from the Instructors Workshop, which are quite interesting.

When you have finished veiwing each one, click on the circular refresh icon to click out.


Avvailable on your desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone.

The Art of Karate Kata

Aesthetics vs Power

Lymington Dojo hosted another workshop entitled The Karate Kata.


As usual, in workshop mode and not workout mode, it was interesting to see the different approaches and applications to common kata and to find out a little mre detail on our Budokan lineage from the Doshu.


Kata in Japanese simply means form and their origin can be traced back to the rlationship between China and Okinawa, during the early years of trading between the two countries.


Performing and practising Kata requires the complete immersion into body, mind and spirit - as all three have to be present in embu or performance, or the essence of what kata is all about, is lost.


it is the combination of a range of body movements in a variety of different directions, made up of individual techniques that become progressively more flowing, appearing effortless to the untrained eye. They include simple hand and arm movements at first until balance is achieved based upon the use of correct stances.

At an appropriate point kicking techniques are incorporated and then the kata comes ito its own as a "dance" (the term in this context is of Chinese origin), made up of a designated number of moves, which have been handed down over time.

Kime is a commonly used Japanese martial arts term,  meaning "power" and/or "focus," describing the instantaneous tensing at the correct moment during a technique, where a momentary stillness is observed.


The combination of this seemingly effortless flow of movement along with perfect timing and pause, creates a series of sequences which tell the "story" behind each kata, interspersed with moments of immense power.


It can only be described as  breathtakingly awesome to behold and beautiful to watch, as this explosive form of ballet appeals aesthetically  as the Art of the Karate Kata.


Practitioners of karate kata read the various sequences and turn them into practice drills called Bunkai - the practical application of various techniques with a partner or partners - which naturally leads on to the various forms of Kumite - or sparring.

We have been communicating with the Doshu, almost on a weekly basis and just recently a little gem cam up, when describing his visits to Japan and his time spent training  with the "Old Masters of the different systems of the day, Tani, Fugiwara, Mas. O'yama, Gogen Yamaguchi, Nakayama, Kase of JKA  and many of other Senior Senseis and of course not forgetting my first great Sensei, Taniguchi Goju in Brazil".


"I had the support and recognition of Tani 'Hanshi' head of Tani-ha Shukokai and Fugiwara 'Hanshi", who was head of the World Karate Union Teaching Department of Shukokai of Japan,


It was at this point tha we found the strong ties that the Doshu had with Tani and Fugiwara, were most important to the implementation, promotion and dissemination of Budokan Karate.


Shukokai (literally translated as "Way for All" or association of those who study together) was founded by Tani Chojiro in 1949. Sensei Tani started his formal Karate training under Miyagi Chojun, founder of Goju, whilst a student at Doshisha University, Kyoto. After some years, Miyagi Sensei returned to Okinawa and Sensei Kenwa Mabuni, founder of Shitoryu took over the teaching. In deference to his friend, whom he had assisted on his arrival in Japan, Mabuni Sensei only taught Naha-te at the university karate club.


On graduation from university Sensei Tani followed Mabuni learning first the Shuri-te system and then ultimately the developing Shitoryu system. After many years of training under Mabuni as one of his most senior students, Sensei Tani received the certificate of succession, entitling him to use the name Tani-ha Shitoryu (the Tani sect of Shitoryu).


In 1949 Sensei Tani, whilst still a high school teacher, founded his own school, which he called Shukokai.


On the death of Mabuni Kenwa, in 1952, many of the senior students went their own way and at this time Tani Sensei adopted the name bestowed by Mabuni, Tani-ha Shitoryu - and with two other senior students, Fujiwara and Fujitani, began creating the world wide system, for which he is now so respected. Fujiwara Sensei died some years ago and Fujitani Sensei now heads his own organization called Myobukai.


Shukokai has been taught outside Japan mainly by three senior instructors, Kimura, Nanbu and Suzuki, between them assisting in the creation of a world wide recognition and respect for their style. Chief Technical Master of Shukokai was Shigeru Kimura, 8th Dan. Sensei Kimura commenced karate at the age of 16 under Sensei Tani. At 21 he won the All Japan Shito ryu Championship, and after winning that title for the second time in 1964, ceased participating in championship Karate to devote his life to developing the style of Karate now known and respected throughout the world as SHUKOKAI. At 34, Sensei Kimura was the youngest ever 7th Dan from an internationally recognized style and reached the rank of 8th Dan Hanshi (Master).


And that is why we describe our Budokan Karate as an eclectic mix of three styles - Shukukai Ryu, Goju Ryu and Shito Ryu

A little more on our Budokan Karate lineage

Video Clips are being uploaded to our Members area every week now, which will eventually cover all kata and every technique, across all disciplines and is available to all Budokan members of good standing.


They are designed to be teaching to camera videos, which quite literally, brings the dojo to you, anywhere, anytime 24/7 as all videos can be viewed on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

You can see some of these videos on the homepage here and others will be posted up across all disciplines - just go to the appropriate pages to view.


Soon all mambers will be able to see our entire Teaching Manual in words, pictures and video - a long sought after objectivie for Budokan.


In addition, we have created a Video Room where all members can go to view video content taken of them in the dojo setting on their own page or via the pages of other members.  It is available for all members to see. and compare.


Enter via the private Members section, with your username and password in the normal way.


BTW - don't logout once you are in the members section and the next time you go there, you won't have to enter your password.