Statement of Intent for Dojo Leaders, Chief Instructors or Heads of Organisation.
Budokan will operate a policy of inclusivity - we wish for your involvement in what we are doing.
Budokan will in no way interfere in the running of any dojo or organisation in any country in the world.
Budokan respects the autonomy of all dojo and organisations and their teachers, instructors and dojo leaders.
Budokan only serves to associate itself and all that it has on offer with those who wish to be associated with it.
Accreditation and Certification
With 60 years of experience and technical excellence to draw on Budokan will provide only Budokan Black Belt Rank and Title recognition and accreditation to teachers, instructors, dojo leaders and students across all disciplines as a single discipline or as a multi-discipline, on recommendation only.
How it will work
1 Get in touch with us via the Contact Form on this site.
Each Dojo leader, Chief Instructor or Head of Organisation. will be able to recommend selected students for accreditation and certification directly to Budokan.
These requests may be retrospective.
2 Budokan will confirm receipt of your communication and request any further information we may require direct from the Dojo Leader, Chief Instructor or Head of Organisation.
3 We will examine their credentials and all endosements in words, pictorial and/or video format.
If more information is required, it will be requested direct from the Dojo Leader, Chief Instructor or Head of Organisation.
4 Once approved, each application will be emailed to Doshu.
5 An appropriate signed certification will then be drawn up and sent by post to each Dojo Leader, Chief Instructor or Head of Organisation, to pass on.
6 An agreed and appropriate fee will be required for all rank and title certification and accrecitation.
Recommendation is based on years of training, skill prowess, accomplishments, dedication and service, teaching and instruction and excellence in personal character.
A general guide to the timeline of consecutive years of training.
Shodan 1st Dan 1-3 years
Nidan 2nd Dan 3-5 years
Sandan 3rd Dan 5-8 years
Yondan 4th Dan 8-12 years
Godan 5th Dan 12-18 years
Rokudan 6th Dan 18 – 25 years
Shichidan 7th Dan 25 – 32 years
Hachidan 8th Dan 32- 45 years
Sempai - a leading instructor
Shidoin - a leading head instructor
Shihan - a master instructor
The award of Titles is made using the ancient Shogoo system, as used by the Dai Nippon Butokukai of Kyoto in Japan, awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of Budokan, shown leadership in teaching and the maintenance of a high level of Budo skills over decades of continuous service to Budokan.
Renshi - Polished Samurai Warrior
Kyoshi - Master Teacher Samurai Warrior
Hanshi - Exemplary Illustrious Warrior - Master of the Samurai Way
(For more detaiils please email us using the Contact Form on this site.)
There are many Budokan people and friends who have passed away, who were influential in the evolution of Budokan and the practice and dissemination of Traditional Japanese Budo, across a number of different Budo disciplines.
This section of the website will reflect on their biographical record and contribution to Budokan and its people and be a respectful and permanent reminder of who they were.
They shall never be forgotten.
Budokan has a rich and colourful history. and there is a huge mass of information to be sorted in chronological order for inclusion into our Archive section going right the way back to the early 60's.
Everybody will be invited to send their archive material to us - correctly notated and dated - so that we can easily insert it into the year that it took place.
This material will remain the copyright of the individual that sent it to us. Should they wish their content, or part thereof, to be removed, we will do so immediatley upon receiving their request.
As we have said, Budokan is a multi-discipline Traditional Japanese Budo organisation and has a history and lineage that stretches back 60 years.
Budokan has become renowned for its technical excellence since 1960 in the practice and dissemination of Traditional Japanese Budo.
Its teachers and dojo leaders are able to provide training facilities on the ground in their dojo, wherever they operate in the world, all of which meet the high standards set by Doshu - the Founder of Budokan.
This was the dojo in Westville, 15 miles East of Durban in South Africa, hand-built by students, teachers, instructors, members, friends and family on a quarry, where the serious Organisation of Budokan began, from its small beginnings in Sarnia in 1960.
This was where Judo, JuJitsu and Karate were taught and where the hard training was done.
(You can see some of the charts for some of the disciplines on the walls.
The Sai and Bo were weapons of the day.
This was where the famous Natal Karate Team honed its skills and abilities to become one of the most consistently successful teams of that time - made possible with the technical excellence of Richard Salmon (seated left) and his erstwhile co-founder and fighting legend, (seated right) Ray Ryan.