Our Heroes

This section is dedicated to the members of the Bushido family who served in our armed forces.

I left for the Army on 18 August 99. Despite all Sensei Stokes’ teachings I was still in a place in my life where I was lost. Without his teachings there is no telling where I would be today. I was homeless and lost. My…
I was deployed to Iraq on March of 2003.  Sometimes I saw the people I was shooting at; sometimes I just saw their muzzle flashes. Other times I don't know what I was shooting at, only that i needed to shoot in that direction at…
The walk of the Gentle way is not always a easy path . This i have learned in judo and seen first hand in my every day life. I have the honor to say that i have served my country at its time of need.…


  • "In an age where commercialism seems to rule in the Martial Arts space and the true values of the Martial Arts are getting blurred Bushido Judo School holds true to the age old traditions of Honor, Respect and Discipline."

    -Andres Andreu
  • "Bushido Judo School has changed my life not only as a competitive athletes point of view but as an overall person. I have come to understand my self and gain much knowledge on how to control myself. Bushido's instructors are very caring and not only willing to help with judo but in all aspects of everyday life. Bushido isn't just a school it becomes your family."

    -Chris Elias
  • There's a few good places in Raleigh for martial arts, but I travel 40 mins to Bushido in Durham, because they're a competitive Judo club with the perfect balance of play-rough practice and fun-loving attitude.

    -Matt D'Avanzo
  • For the past two years, my six year old son had been asking to take martial arts classes. Being new to the area, we began visiting different dojos. A friend recommended that we visit Bushido. From the moment I met Sensei Stokes I was impressed with his interactions with the children in the class. My son joined, and a week later, I joined as well. The instructors and fellow students are exceptionally helpful. My son and I both enjoy the classes immensely, and my younger daughter now wants to join us.

    -Joe Zakszewski