Card Mon

1960 - 2021

Budokan Kanji 3

SOUTHAMPTON DOJO

Classes are held in a vibrant atmosphere where students benefit from some of the highest quality tuition available in the UK today.

 

Disciplines

KARATE - SHUKUKAI RYU

AIKIDO  -  TRADITIONAL

IAADO  -  MUSO SHINDEN RYU

ZEN  -  SOTO SECT

 

Chief Instructor

DAVID PASSMORE  7 DAN KYOSHI

 

Dojo Leaders

MIKE CLAPHAM 4 DAN

TOBY MELLOWS  3 DAN

JUBILEE HALL

FAWLEY

SOUTHAMPTON

SO45 1GA

 

TUESDAYS AT 7.30PM

 

BEGINNERS AND VISITORS WELCOME                          

I started my training in karate in 1973 aged 16. The dojo was in the basement of a hotel that overlooked the Southampton water. The style was Kyushindo, my teacher was a gentleman named Ray Wood.

After 4 years of training l was graded to black belt under the watchful eye of Kyushindo’s chief instructor a Frenchman by the name of George Mayo ( unlike most systems you were graded to black belt first and then shodan later) a couple of years later I was graded to shodan. In 1982 while working as a operator at Fawley Power Station l opened a dojo in their conference room which was well attended by some of my colleagues and their friends and family members.

In 1983 l was graded to Nidan. After nine years redundancy and a career change forced a break in my training.

In 2004 l was introduced by my good friend Richard Cozens to Kyoshi David Passmore who had recently started teaching Budokan in a small dojo in the New Forest .

I have been a student of Sensei David Passmore ever since and was recently privileged to receive the rank of Godan and the title of Shihan.

During this time l have been fortunate enough to attend three weekend seminars at Buxton University and one in Ardingly where l was able to take part in classes such as Jujitsu , Aikido, Kobudo, Judo, Jodo and Kendo to name but a few, taught by high ranking teachers most notably the late Fuji Sensei Kendo Master.

I have recently become a dojo leader at one of Sensei's satellite clubs where l strive to maintain the high standards instilled in me by my Sensei and the high standards that Budokan stand for . It is my aim to try and help the students that I train to be the best that they can be, whilst all the time trying to continually improve myself. Always the student!