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1960 - 2020


Vic Sykes


Okimitsu Fujii  passes away on 10 April 2017

It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Fujii Sensei - a much loved and highly respected teacher of Japanese Budo - with just a slight penchant for Kendo.


Many Budokan students would have fondly rembered Fujii Sensei at the Traditional Japanese Budo events that were held in the magnificent Dome at the University of Derby Buxton, where this picture of him was taken in 2014.


It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Victor Harris who is famous for translating Go Rin No Sho  by Miyamoto Musashi- A Book of Five Rings - a master class of strategy that should be in all Japanese Budo students bookshelves. The philosophy behind it is influenced by Zen, Shinto and Confucianism, and came to be used by many corporations around the world, especially in Japan.


The cover below shows an 1848  print of a picture by Kuniyoshi, showing Miyamoto Musashi practising fencing with two sticks, which became the hallmark of his technique and sword style.



Victor Harris


It is with great sadness and sorrow that we bring you news of the passing of Vic Sykes on the morning of Sunday 14 August  2016- after complications had arisen following a triple heart bypass operation in Durban South Africa.


A well known and much revered member of Budokan SA, Vic became a highly skilled Karate practitioner and a great teacher.


He is left by his lovely wife Moira and their son Clinton.

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Vic Sykes - far right - attending one of the many Budokan events in sunny Durban.  His wife Moira is facing away from the camera in the foreground.

On the far right - sitting down is Pam - the wife of the late Ray Ryan - one of the Founders of Budokan SA.

In the centre of the pic at the back is Derrick Wridgway, whom Budokan UK students may recall visiting us at one of our workshops with his lovely wife Sylvia 5 years ago.

Other people Sensei Passmore recognises are Mike Bond seated in the middle and Alan Haig - standing in between Derrick and Vic at the back.

Budokan has many individuals to remember for their instinting contribution to Japanese Budo, that they made, often with great personal sacrifice during their lives.


This page will honour their lives, for whom all of us connected with Budokan, shalll be forever grateful.


This page is a work in progress and will reflect the image of those who have passed away, which, when clicked, will generate a separate page devoted to these  revered Budoka.


If anybody has any pictures or anecdotes tthat they would like to share with us, please email them to

It is with great sadness, that we have to post the news that Len Blunt, a former student of Budokan and beloved Father of one of our Dan Grades, Alex Blunt, passed away in Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington, after a pretty long battle with prostrate cancer.

Len was a gentle soul and was much loved by all who knew him and had the pleasure of spending some time with him.

He will be much missed by us all




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Kanetsuka Sensei who passed away on Friday 8 March 2019.


Click here to go on to his page