Japanese Budō / Bujutsu Presentation and Panel Discussion

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Budō /Bujutsu - Japanese Martial Arts - The Way of Peace of Mind

Join us for a special evening. A presentation and panel discussion on Japanese Budō/Bujutsu on Friday, September 25 at 5:00pm, CST.

This event is part of a series of Japanese cultural and educational programs presented by the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin.

The term "Japanese martial arts" refers to the variety of martial arts native to the country of Japan. At least three Japanese terms (budo, bujutsu, bugei) are used interchangeably with the English phrase Japanese martial arts.

The use of term budō (武道) to mean martial arts is a modern one. Historically, the term meant a way of life encompassing physical, spiritual and moral dimensions with a focus of self-improvement, fulfillment, and personal growth.

In modern usage, bujutsu (武術) translates as martial art, military science, or military strategy depending on context, and is typified by its practical application of technique to real-world or battlefield situations. Budō, meaning martial way, has a more philosophical emphasis.

It may be difficult to delineate the differences between budō and bujutsu. Sometimes, the differences are considered historical; others cite differences in training methods, training philosophy, or emphasis on spiritual development.

Budō as a general term refers to the modern Japanese martial arts disciplines comprised of jūdō, kendō, kyūdo, sumō, karatedō, aikidō, shōrinji kempō, naginata, and jūkendō.

We invite three, phenomenal Budo or Bujutsu instructors from the dojo (道場) in Austin.   This event is free and open to the public. Please REGISTER for the event.

Austin Komei Jyuku is a traditional budo and Japanese swordsmanship dojo. It is an official Komei Jyuku branch school which is headed by Sekiguchi Komei sensei, the 21st head master. Sekiguchi Komei sensei created the Komei Jyuku, an international body of students, and spreads iaijutsu with the isshin / one heart (一心) philosophy. Traveling the world, Sekiguchi sensei comes to Texas nearly every year and holds seminars.

Brandon Burkett sensei trained under Walt Bushey sensei, Shibucho of Texas for Yamauchi-ha Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu.  In 2008, he moved to Austin and received permission to start the Komei Jyuku, his own school from Sekiguchi sensei and Bushi sensei.

Austin Kendo Doshikai (AKD)
was established in 1986 by Sensei Tetsuo Komizu, kendo Kyoshi (instructor) 7-dan. AKD is a member dojo of the Southwest Kendo and Iaido Federation (SWKIF), one of fifteen regional kendo federations that comprise the All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF). Komizu sensei and senior AKD members serve as mentors to the University of Texas Kendo Association (UTKA), also a member dojo of SWKIF/AUSKF.

UT Kendo Association (UTKA)
founded in 1981, under the direction of Sensei Tetsuo Komizu, the Austin Kendo Doshikai (AKD) and the University of Texas Kendo Association (UTKA) helped establish a Kendo presence in Austin. Together, the two clubs provide a community in which the people of Austin can learn and practice Kendo.

Jeff Chen is the assistant instructor of AKD and coach of UTKA. He has trained in kendo since 1995, attaining kendo godan (5-dan) in 2013 and participated in three United States National Championships (2007, 2010, 2013). He serves as tournament chairman for the anual Longhorn Team Invitational Team Kendo Taikai, tournament bringing teams from all over the US and Mexico. Jeff has studied under sensei Komizu (7-dan), since he moved to Austin from New York City in 2002, and he hopes to continue his teacher's traditional methods of instruction and training in a new, permanent dojo location in 2021.

Austin Texas Okinawan Karate
Building on a foundation of Respect, Courtesy, and Self-discipline, Austin Okinawan Karate has a long history promoting and teaching martial arts to students of all ages in the Austin Texas area. Class curriculum includes but is not limited to to tradtional Okinawan GOju Ryo karate, Kobudo (Weapons),White Crane Kenpo, and Women's self defense.

Shorei-Kan Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do
Ty Yocham is one of the nation's foremost practitioners of goju-ryu karate. He is a sixth-degree blackbelt and shihan, or senior teacher, of Shorei-Kan Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do and serves as first vice president for North America of the international Okinawan Karate Goju Shorei Kai, which is headquartered in Tokyo. In addition, he has earned third-degree black belts in Ryukyu kobudo (Okinawan weapons) and in Okinawan hakutsuru (white crane) kenpo.

Matt Hudgins is an Austin-based journalist and martial arts enthusiast. He began training in Shorei-Kan Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do in 2009 and received first-degree blackbelt certification in 2016. He previously studied Japan Karate Association Karate-Do (formerly Shotokan) at Baylor University and at the Nihon Karate Kyokai All-Kyushu Hombu Dojo in Fukuoka, Japan. An avid woodworker, Matt makes much of the kobudo weaponry and training equipment used by Austin Okinawan Karate club members.

This event is free and open to the public. Please REGISTER, and receive a login code.  We greatly appreciate your donation here.