Strong in hand, kind in heart
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 four traditional Japanese Budo - martial arts disciplines or ways.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zen has been described as a special teaching without scriptures, beyond words and letters, pointing to the mind essence of our being, seeing directly into one’s nature, attaining enlightenment.
Zen is not a sect, but an experience.
It is the practice of self-searching through meditation to realise one’s true nature, with disregard of formalism, with insistence on self-discipline and simplicity of living.
The Zen spirit has come to mean not only peace and understanding but devotion to art and work, the rich unfolding of contentment, opening the door to insight, the expression of innate beauty and the intangible charm of incompleteness.
It has been said, that if you have Zen in your life, you have no fear, no doubt, no unnecessary craving and no extreme emotion.
Neither illiberal attitudes nor egotistical actions trouble you.
You serve humanity humbly, fulfilling your presence in this world with loving-kindness and observing your passing as a petal falling from a flower.
Serene, you enjoy life in blissful tranquillity.
Such is the spirit of Zen.
To study Zen, the flowering of ones nature, is no easy task
Paraphrased from Zen Flesh Zen Bones.
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.
Message from Doshu - the Founder of Budokan
As we approach the end of still another year, 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
Sunday 29 April 2018
MIND YOUR BACK
is an exercise in conscious awareness of the physiology of the spine, gently manipulating and synchronising the muscles and articulations of the neck, shoulders, upper, mid and lower back vertebrae, pelvis and upper legs.
The focus here is on the deep muscles of your neck, shoulders, spine, pelvis and your upper legs - using your mind to heighten the awareness your senses, particularly your sense of touch and feeling, in order to bring their natural alignment into place.
Soft, flowing and relaxed release of natural energy, against slow and ineffective energy restriction using muscular strength.
Many Japanese Budo teachers spoke of the "understanding of the rhythm of movement".
AND THAT MEANS A COMPLETELY RELAXED FLOW OF MOVEMENT FROM THE FEET TO THE TANDEN - THE SINGLE POINT IN THE LOWER ABDOMEN - IN TIME TO THE RHYTHM OF YOUR BREATHING - THAT COORDINATES WITH A VAST RANGE OF HAND, WRIST, ARM, SHOULDER, NECK AND BACK MOVEMENTS, PRESENT IN ALL TRADITIONAL JAPANESE BUDO.
Howevr, this cannot by understood intellectually by the mind.
It has to be felt by and in the body.
It was intended as a physical "understanding".
And this can only be achieved through arduous training through repetition, repetition and yet more repetition.
Kanetsuka Sensei, is his legendary powerful style, performing Kote Gaishi, at the old Albany Grove dojo near Euston in London around 1978.
He was one of the most supple instructors in the Aikikai, and he spent much time insisting that students worked hard on flexibility, as that was the only way to safely practice his traditional style of Aikido enjoyably and with great effect.
To get two people to blend with one another in this way, involves enormous levels of trust and takes courage to do.
It is Aikido at its highest level - a discipline of coordination.
To achieve this degree of coordination and synchronisation with another is not easy, and can only be achieved with a relaxed mucculature allowing the free flow of movement from one point to another at the same time.
95% of movement found in the majority of forms or Kata, with or without weapons, is relaxed. The rest is a controlled explosion of power, followed by stillness and a high degree of spatial awareness.
To get this to happen with a group of training partners, synchronising their movements, timed to explode simultaneously to the requirements of the form or Kata, takes many hours of work - but the end result is worth the effort.
And this, of course is just sublime.
Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido - performing Kokyu Ho or Nage in his late seventies.
No tension anywhere!