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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 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.


© Budokanonline 2018


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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Learn how to do it to and for yourself


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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....




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All Grades Welcome

Instructors Workshop on the building blocks of traditional Japanese Budo

This was for Dan grades only and by invitation.


Getting the basics right - so that all dojo heads and their instructors were singing off the same hymn sheet.


The devil, they say, does lie in the detail.


And the detail varied - so we all got down to the nitty gritty of how these techniques should look and feel and why they do work, without force, if done correctly.


Slowly and methodically, step by step - phase by phase - body movement, posture, attention to detail, when to move - when to be still - how to breathe - obliquely to the front or around to the rear, how to percieve distance, speed and flow on both sides.


How to negotiate the quick rsponses integral to the safe passage of movement, which ordinarily would result in injury to the unitiated.


This wasn't a training exercise, that would be the norm on any weekday night in any dojo, based on repetition. The intention here was to get through the basics - or the building blocks, (all of which are available on the public facing side of this website - just click on the relevant tabs above) of all three disciplines - Aikido - Karatedo and Iaido -  with these experienced practitioners and instructors.


In the event, we managed to nearly complete one of them to our satisfaction.


What a workshop of this type does expose, is the extent of dilution of the original teaching and the variable degree of what is acceptable to the standards that had been set by Budokan and Richard Salmon, in particular, in the 1960's and continued in the same vein by Budokan in the UK since 1970.


These techniques  have been strictly and safely adhered to over generations, and will, via a written, pictorial and video record, which is basically the contents of this site, be passed onto the next generation of instructors and teachers for safekeeping and dissemination.


Someone asked - what is the difference between a teacher and an instructor?


Back came the ancient answer - "A teacher can talk you through a technique - an instructor has to take you through it."


Well...we need both for the future growth  and development of Budokan and we have a resourceful team of people that will ensure that happens.

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Richard Cozens and Steve Head

Mike Clapham and Toby Mellows

Darren Waghorne and a gnarled pair of old hands!

This is how its done folks - whats the problem?

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Darren Waghorne and Richard Cozens

Keith Molyneux and Dave Mote

....and the husband and wife team of Jan and the long suffering Mike!


Do  you recall the first picture above?

It shows the back of Sensei Allan Pert in the background, but no oher pictures of him exist on the day.


Is this a paper mache effigy do you think?  As he does not appear to be in the mirror reflection either?


Was he actually there on the day?


All answers on a postcard please to

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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.