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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.





JUNE 2017



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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.

more to come.....