Bushinkai renews support for Kokusai Budoin UK

Kokusai Budoin is the oldest and most respected Japanese martial arts fraternity in the world. Its members have included Karate masters like Hirokazu Kanazawa, Hironori Ohtsuka and Gogen Yamaguchi; Judo master like Kyuzo Mifune and Aikido masters like Minoru Mochizuki, kenji Tomiki and Gozo Shioda, as well as grandmaster Kisshomaru Ueshiba. Its Iaido and Kendo divisions have included masters like Hakudo Nakayama. It has been presided over by Japanese princes, a prime minister and hereditary Shogun.

In 2003 Bushinkai became a member of Kokusai Budoin (IMAF) and chief instructor Simon Keegan took the grades of 3rd Dan Karate and 2nd Dan Nihon Jujutsu. There followed a schism in the UK and Simon was appointed international director of IMAF GB which later became the United Kingdom Budo Federation. He was subsequently awarded 4th Dan and the title of Renshi by the director of the Dai Nippon Butokukai. As the UKBF’s member association grew, with its headquarters in Scarborough, Simon took a step back fro running the association and joined Shikon martial arts, grading up to 5th Dan. Now, Kokusai Budoin UK is set for a relaunch and Simon has committed to supporting the new member country organisation.

Bushinkai is still a member of Shikon and we enjoy this relationship very much. Shikon affords us membership of Karate England, BCCMA, International Karate Union, United World Karate and the International Wu Shu Federation. But now we would also like to offer students the chance to get a Japanese Kokusai Budoin license and attend seminars with some of Japan’s senior masters.

Kokusai Budoin UK

  • Dennis Wilton 5th Dan Shotokai Karate
  • Chris Davies 7th Dan Jujutsu
  • Contact:
    Suite 197 Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AJ
    General Enquiries – ukteam@kokusaibudoin.co.uk
    Membership – membership@kokusaibudoin.co.uk
    Group Memberships – groups@kokusaibudoin.co.uk
    Visit: www.kokusaibudoin.co.uk

About Kokusai Budoin

Kokusai Budoin, International Martial Arts Federation (国際武道院・国際武道連盟 Kokusai Budoin Kokusai Budo Renmei) is a Japanese organisation promoting international Budō.

The organisation, founded in 1952, has headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and has branches in around 17 countries.

Kokusai Budoin is dedicated to the promotion and development of the martial arts worldwide. It was founded in 1952 by a group of some of Japan’s most prominent martial arts practitioners.

Simon was accepted into Kokusai Budoin, Japan. His grade of 2nd Dan was endorsed by Shizuya Sato, he also trained under Mitsuhiro Kondo, was graded under Hirokazu Kanazawa and Ikuo Higuchi's Shotokan and Shotokai divisions and his license was signed by the hereditary Shogun, Mr Tokugawa Yasuhisa

Clockwise from top left: The late Shizuya Sato, chief director and Nihon Jujutsu 10th Dan Judo 9th Dan; Mitsuhiro Kondo Swiss branch director and 9th Dan Judo, 8th Dan Aikijujutsu, 6th Dan Karate; Hirokazu Kanazawa 10th Dan Meijin Shotokan Karate; Ikuo Higuchi 9th Dan Shoto Ryu Karate; Tadanori Nobetsu, current chief director and 9th Dan Goju Ryu Karate and Kokusai Budoin president Mr Tokugawa Yasuhisa, hereditary Shogun

Founder members of Kokusai Budoin in 1952 (their final grades specified)

  • Kyuzo Mifune Hanshi 10th Dan Judo
  • Master Kazuo Ito Hanshi 9th Dan Judo
  • Shizuya Sato Hanshi 10th Dan Nihon Jujutsu, 9th Dan Judo
  • Hakudo Nakayama Hanshi 10th Dan Kendo
  • Hiromasa Takano Hanshi 10th Dan Kendo
  • Hironori Otsuka Hanshi 10th Dan, founder of Wado Ryu Karate
  • First Chairman: Prince Tsunenori Kaya (uncle of Emperor Hirohito), and was followed by Prince Higashikuni (Prime Minister of Japan)

Other masters of Kokusai Budoin 1952-2014

  • Gogen Yamaguchi, Hanshi 10th Dan, founder of Goju Kai Karate
  • Hirokazu Kanazawa, Hanshi 10th Dan, Shotokan Karate
  • Kazuo Sakai, Hanshi 10th Dan Wado Ryu Karate
  • Katsuo Yamaguchi Hanshi 10th Dan Iaido
  • Kisshomaru Ueshiba, second grandmaster of Aikido and son of the founder
  • Minoru Mochizuki Hanshi 10th Dan Aikido, 9th Dan Nihon Jujutsu, founder of Yoseikan
  • Katsuo Yamaguchi Hanshi 10th Dan Iaido
  • Kenji Tomiki Hanshi 8th Dan Aikido
  • Gozo Shioda Hanshi 10th Dan Aikido
  • Tadao Ochia, Hanshi 10th Dan Iaido
  • Seirin Tsumaki, Hanshi 9th Dan Kobudo
  • Terukata Kawabata, Hanshi 9th Dan Kobudo

Current Kokusai Budoin masters as of 2014 include:

  • President: Tokugawa Yasuhisa
  • Chief Director: Tadanori Nobetsu Hanshi 9th Dan, founder of Nisseikai Karate
  • Deputy Chief Director: Ikuo Higuchi Hanshi 9th Dan Gima-Ha Shoto Ryu Karate
  • Hirokazu Kanazawa Hanshi 10th Dan, Shotokan Karate
  • Kenji Tose, Hanshi 9th Dan Iaido
  • Takeji Tomita Hanshi, Aikido
  • Shinji Tsutsui Hanshi, Aikido
  • Mitsuhiro Kondo, Hanshi 9th dan Judo, Aikijujutsu 7th Dan, Swiss branch director

Bushinkai and Kokusai Budoin 

Bushinkai chief instructor Simon Keegan (5th Dan Renshi Shotokan Karate, 4th Dan Jujutsu) previously held the grades of 3rd Dan Karate, 2nd Dan Nihon Jujutsu within Kokusai Budoin. In 2014 he received membership of Kokusai Budoin UK.

Bushinkai teaches in the following divisions:

Simon Keegan holds the grade of 5th Dan Shotokan Karate (Shobukan). His teacher was taught by Hirokazu Kanazawa (Hanshi 10th Dan). Simon was previously awarded the shogo of Renshi (after 4th Dan) by the director of Dai Nippon Butokukai and graded up to 3rd Dan Karate in Kokusai Budoin in the Shotokan division and Nihon Jujutsu division.

Japanese Budo grades times based on that specified by Kokusai Budoin:

10th Kyu-1st Kyu: 3-6 months between grades
1st Dan: After at least four years training
2nd Dan: More than a year and a half after promotion to 1st Dan
3rd Dan: More than two years after promotion to 2nd Dan
4th Dan: More than three years after promotion to 3rd Dan
Renshi: Minimum of two years since promotion to 4th Dan
5th Dan: More than four years after promotion to 4th Dan
6th Dan: More than five years after promotion to Renshi
Kyoshi: Minimum of two years since promotion to 6th Dan
7th Dan: More than six years after promotion to 6th Dan
8th Dan: More than ten years after promotion to 7th Dan
Hanshi: Outstanding service for development of Martial Arts. Minimum age, 50 years of age. Minimum rank, 8th Dan
Grades of 9th Dan and 10th Dan and the title of Meijin are incredibly rare.


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