Kokusai Budoin

 

imaflogoBushinkai student membership and grades are recognised by the Shikon Organisation (in turn under Karate England and British Council for Chinese Martial Arts which are in turn under the International Karate Union and International Wu Shu Federation.) Bushinkai also has a lengthy relationship with Kokusai Budoin (IMAF). In 2003 Bushinkai head Simon Keegan joined Kokusai Budoin, and Bushinkai held club membership for a number of years. Simon received the grades of 3rd Dan Karate and 2nd Dan Nihon Jujutsu and became a regional director. There was a schism in the UK and Bushinkai left Kokusai Budoin. But now Kokusai Budoin is being relaunched in the UK and we are proud to once again offer our support to Kokusai Budoin. In 2014 Simon received membership of Kokusai Budoin UK and we are now able to connect students with Kokusai Budoin UK should they want Japanese membership. This page describes the rich history of this organisation which is Japan’s oldest martial arts fraternity.

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.

Visit Kokusai Budoin Japan. Visit Kokusai Budoin UK.

Bushinkai chief instructor Simon Keegan (Renshi) 5th Dan Karate with Kokusai Budoin chief director Tadanori Nobetsu (Hanshi) 9th Dan Karate

Bushinkai chief instructor Simon Keegan (Renshi) 5th Dan Karate with Kokusai Budoin chief director Tadanori Nobetsu (Hanshi) 9th Dan Karate

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)
Hironori Ohtsuka (10th Dan IMAF) was a master of Jujutsu and Karate

Hironori Ohtsuka (10th Dan) was founder of Wado Ryu Karate and perhaps Kokusai Budoin’s most famous master

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
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Hirokazu Kanazawa 10th Dan Hanshi, a true Meijin

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
Mitsuhiro Kondo pictured in Birmingham in 2003, course attended by Bushinkai

Mitsuhiro Kondo pictured in Birmingham in 2003, course attended by Bushinkai

Kanazawa in 2002 as a director of IMAF from whom he received his 10th Dan. He is standing next to Tokugawa Yasuhisa, Also on the picture are current chief directors Tadanori Nobetsu and Ikuo Higuchi

Tadanori Nobetsu, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Tokugawa Yasuhisa, Ikuo Higuchi are among the notable Kokusai Budoin members

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

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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.

Here are some of the pictures of Bushinkai and Kokusai Budoin events between 2003 and 2014.

Bushinkai chief instructor Simon with his 2nd Dan in IMAF in Kanazawa Hanshi's Shotokan division in 2003

Bushinkai chief instructor Simon with his 2nd Dan in IMAF in Kanazawa Hanshi’s Shotokan division in 2003

As an IMAF instructor in about 2003

Simon, front row, left, as an IMAF instructor in about 2003

Dave with two of his Japanese teachers

David Keegan with Kenji Tose and Yoshida Sensei

Karate and white crane master Nobetsu. Simon is pictured in the front row, training in 2003

Karate master Nobetsu. Simon is pictured in the front row, training in 2004

Three Nihon Jujutsu masters who influenced Simon's studies, Jack Hearn, Mitsuhiro Kondo and Shizuya Sato

Three Nihon Jujutsu masters who influenced Simon’s studies, Jack Hearn, Mitsuhiro Kondo and Shizuya Sato

Simon with Hanshi Nobetsu, (9th Dan Karate) chief director of Kokusai Budoin

Simon with Hanshi Nobetsu, (9th Dan Karate) chief director of Kokusai Budoin

Simon Keegan (now 5th Dan) as a 2nd Dan Nihon jujutsu wearing IMAF badge in Poland

Simon Keegan (now 5th Dan) as a 2nd Dan Nihon jujutsu wearing IMAF badge in Poland

Simon and Dave during their 3rd Dan gradings with Reiner Parsons, and Clive Parsons

Simon and Dave during their 3rd Dan IMAF gradings with Reiner Parsons Kyoshi

Craig Bailey Aikijujutsuand Colin Hutchinson - good friends in Budo for over 10 years

Craig Bailey, Simon Keegan, David Keegan and Colin Hutchinson, regional directors of IMAF GB circa 2005-2011

2014: Renewed association with Kokusai Budoin UK

Shihan Handyside teaching at the Bushinkai Hombu

The pictures of Kokusai Budoin masters Shizuya Sato and Tadanori Nobetsu hang in our Dojo…

Senior International instructor Simon Keegan 5th Dan

Bushinkai Senior International instructor Simon Keegan 5th Dan, as of 2014 a member of Kokusai Budoin UK

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

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