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Founded  in 1970

Welcome to Budokan



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

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


with Passmore Sensei are available by arrangement.

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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.

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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 were and be eternally grateful for the contribution they have made in the practice, promotion and dissemination of Japanese Budo.

Kindly visit the page.

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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Founder of Budokan





7 December 2019






followed by


Budokan and Friends

Annual Gathering

at 7.30pm


Budokan People

...and what they are, or have been getting up to....

Budokan is made up of a load of interesting people.

And they are all doing something - it seems - most of the time - outside of the martial arts, that is.

So we want to record those times here on the Budokan website for all of us to share on a page dedicated to them.

Getting married

New ddition to the family

Moving House

Doing something for the first time.

Family get togethers.

Birthday celebrations

And so on.


Send your pics, videos and stories in when you can. here...


Zen 1


Budokan means House of Martial Ways




This was a teaching workshop - not a workout -  for Black Belts.


We began by having a short Zazen and then discussed the influence of the martial virtues of Honour, Humility, Respect, Loyalty, Courage, Justice and Duty have in our practice and in our daily lives.

The majority of those present practise meditation daily and others 3-4 times a week, which is good, as this gives time for reflection on the virtues and how to manage feelings and emotions.


Although we may practise individual disciplines, we encourage students to consider them all as one, as the overlap is huge.


Here we chose Iaido with Bokken only in Training and Embu mode to warm up.

Karate Kata of Ananko - great for basics - was then selected to get everybody into the idea of how to be still within Kata.

After that we all practised Katame Waza - immobilisation - and Nage waza throwing techniques or projections.

Aikiken Randori followed with Fukoro Shinai

One step free sparriing came in for Karate after that.

Follwed by Tachi Dori or sword taking.

We ended up with Karate Jyu Kumite or free sparring.


Once again, according to our tradition, we focussed on the quality of our technique - the hallmark of Budokan - whatever discipline we were working on - helping each other to do the very best we could, accordig to our skills and abilities.


A great afternoon was had by all those lucky enough to make the workshop, which of course ended up in the White Hart for some good beer and pub grub.

Some videos from the day on Ippon Jyu Kumite - Zuki only... on Jyu Kumite - zuki only

Budokan coming together around the World

We have many friends around the world.


People who have trained with and under Doshu and under whom Doshu has trained.


People from all walks of life, who have left their indelible mark on all of us who had the pleasure and honour to kmow them - even if only a little.


People, like dojo leaders and country leaders, have trained together under every terrain and location imaginable and have formed a strong bond, based on loyalty, humility, repect, duty and honour.


Many are still training today in the same spirit that they have done for decades and some have now passed, whose spirit we shall never forget.


Under our initiative here in the UK, and in association with Doshu, it was decided to try to create a lasting legacy to Budokan and those that follow in its footsteps - in order to provide a picture of Budokan and its larger family - something that is greater than all of us.


To kickstart this process we have put up a holding site -, upon which to build.


It is designed to be a legacy to Doshu, but also to help to bring like-minded Budokan people in different parts of the world and others interested in traditional Japanese Budo, together online.


The first phase will be to link up with dojo websites and their leaders, by clicking on a country flag that is active.


So that anyone can go to a site in these countries and see what others are doing, across a broad spectrum of activities, either within the context of technique taught and practised by Budokan or outside of it.


Once we have some traction on leaders and links to their dojo online we can then get into the next phase, which is to upload technical content to restricted areas only available to dojo leaders, at this stage


Initially, it will be Karate technical content only - but soon there will also be Aikido - as there are a few Budokan people who trained under Kanetsuka Sensei, in SA for example.


And Iaido and Zendo will follow soon thereafter.


We will be inviting other classical disciplines to join this Budo initiative after that is completed.


Phase 3 will be what Budokan here in the UK has already begun with Sensei teaching directly to camera across all four disciplines.


This is key, as this content will reflect the Budokan brand of high-quality technical competence, approved by Doshu and Sensei including the technical terms selected for each discipline and the international dojo leaders.


More to come on this.

Japan Bahrain Brazil Australia South_Africa United_Kingdom United_States

2020 marks the year that Budokan will celebrate

the 60th year of its Founding in South Africa

and its 50th Anniversary in the UK

A double whammy for all Budokan people and friends, past and present, wherever they may be to attend various events that will be held next year to celebrate what Doshu began in the double garage of his home in Durban, South Africa in 1960.


Sensei Passmore left SA in 1970 to come to live in England and later that same year, founded Budokan UK in Northolt, London.


We shall be asking Budokan prople and frineds  past and present, wherever they are to help us produce an historical archive of Budokan during these two periods, from around the world.


This content will be collated and edited to provide the historical perspective that will become the foundation for the formal launch of Budokan World.

Interesting Archive material from 1986


Some archive material has surfaced from a weekend workshop at Crystal Palace in London in 1986.

Quality is watchable and thanks to Keith Molyneux for digitising it for us.


If anyone has any archive pictorial or video content that you think may be appropriate, kindly get in touch.