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Founded  in 1970

Kisshomaru Ueshiba

Saito Sensei

Chiba Sensei

Kanetsuka Sensei

Sekiya Sensei

Tamura Sensei

Ishido Sensei

Ansell Sensei

Hiroi Sensei

Cook Sensei at Brighton Dojo




Gichin Funakoshi Sensei

Kenwa Maburi-Founder of ShitoRyu

Tani Sensei-Founder of ShukukaiRyu

Chojun Miyagi-Founder of GojuRyu

Enoeda Sensei

Kanawzawa Sensei

Budokan in the UK has been extraordinarily fortunate to have had access to some of the most technically competent Japanese and European teachers across our 3 major disciplines for over two decades.

David Passmore Sensei is proud to have had the privelige of training regularly with these teachers whose own lineage stretches back to the Founders of some of these disciplines.

With the deepest gratitude and humility we associate ourselves directly with them.  


Disciplines arranged in alphabetical order.

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With Asano Sensei

Saito performing Tai no Henko

Yamada Sensei


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Kanetsuka in Albany Grove Dove - London NW3

Cook Sensei                                                 and with wife Teri

Kimura Sensei ...

Ray Ryan Sensei

Richard Salmon Sensei

Dunlop Paul Sensei

Kenwa Mabuni



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Harada Sensei

Mas Oyama Sensei-Founder of Kyokushinkai



We have been communicating with the Doshu, almost on a weekly basis and just recently a little gem cam up, when describing his visits to Japan and his time spent training  with the "Old Masters of the different systems of the day, Tani, Fugiwara, Mas. O'yama, Gogen Yamaguchi, Nakayama, Kase of JKA  and many of other Senior Senseis and of course not forgetting my first great Sensei, Taniguchi Goju in Brazil".


"I had the support and recognition of Tani 'Hanshi' head of Tani-ha Shukokai and Fugiwara 'Hanshi", who was head of the World Karate Union Teaching Department of Shukokai of Japan,


It was at this point tha we found the strong ties that the Doshu had with Tani and Fugiwara, were most important to the implementation, promotion and dissemination of Budokan Karate.


Shukokai (literally translated as "Way for All" or association of those who study together) was founded by Tani Chojiro in 1949. Sensei Tani started his formal Karate training under Miyagi Chojun, founder of Goju, whilst a student at Doshisha University, Kyoto. After some years, Miyagi Sensei returned to Okinawa and Sensei Kenwa Mabuni, founder of Shitoryu took over the teaching. In deference to his friend, whom he had assisted on his arrival in Japan, Mabuni Sensei only taught Naha-te at the university karate club.


On graduation from university Sensei Tani followed Mabuni learning first the Shuri-te system and then ultimately the developing Shitoryu system. After many years of training under Mabuni as one of his most senior students, Sensei Tani received the certificate of succession, entitling him to use the name Tani-ha Shitoryu (the Tani sect of Shitoryu).


In 1949 Sensei Tani, whilst still a high school teacher, founded his own school, which he called Shukokai.


On the death of Mabuni Kenwa, in 1952, many of the senior students went their own way and at this time Tani Sensei adopted the name bestowed by Mabuni, Tani-ha Shitoryu - and with two other senior students, Fujiwara and Fujitani, began creating the world wide system, for which he is now so respected. Fujiwara Sensei died some years ago and Fujitani Sensei now heads his own organization called Myobukai.


Shukokai has been taught outside Japan mainly by three senior instructors, Kimura, Nanbu and Suzuki, between them assisting in the creation of a world wide recognition and respect for their style. Chief Technical Master of Shukokai was Shigeru Kimura, 8th Dan. Sensei Kimura commenced karate at the age of 16 under Sensei Tani. At 21 he won the All Japan Shito ryu Championship, and after winning that title for the second time in 1964, ceased participating in championship Karate to devote his life to developing the style of Karate now known and respected throughout the world as SHUKOKAI. At 34, Sensei Kimura was the youngest ever 7th Dan from an internationally recognized style and reached the rank of 8th Dan Hanshi (Master).


And that is why we describe our Karate as an eclectic mix of three styles - Shukukai Ryu, Goju Ryu and Shito Ryu

Our  Karate lineage