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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



Dojo Officials

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.)


In Memoriam

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.