Japan’s oldest martial arts fraternity the Kokusai Budoin now has two clubs in the same Manchester City Centre Dojo.

The Kokusai Budoin was established after the second world war to preserve authentic Japanese Budo.

Over the last 60 years the organisation has been represented by some of the greatest masters in all of martial arts, including Wado Ryu Karate founder Hironori Ohtsuka, Judo master Kyuzo Mifune, Goju Kai founder Gogen Yamaguchi, Iaido master Hakudo Nakayama and Shotokan Karate International head Hirokazu Kanazawa.

The organisation has been presided over by members of the Japanese royal family and shogun dynasty including Prince Higashikuni and Tokugawa Yasuhisa.

At the Hakutora Academy in Manchester there are two clubs affiliated to Kokusai Budoin UK. They are:

  • Bushinkai Academy, headed by Martial Arts Guardian Simon Keegan (5th Dan Renshi) teaching Karate and Nihon Jujutsu.
  • Samurai Arts, teaching womens only classes in Japanese sword drawn from Koryu styles such as Kukishinden Ryu

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 2015

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

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