Saturday, 17 March 2012 04:27


Kenkojuku Karate-do is the style of Tomasaburo Okano, a student of Gichin Funakoshi and his son, Yoshitaka (the “young master” who was credited with making many changes to his father’s style, including the beginning of free-sparring and new methods of kicking). k3After Yoshitaka’s premature death, k4Okano asked the elder Funakoshi in 1942 for permission to split off and form a karate research & training group which became the Kenkojuku Budokan in 1948. This school would keep training more similar to Yoshitaka Funakoshi’s methods, as opposed to Nakayama’s JKA which turned kumite into a shiai sport with ippon rules based on Kendo and Judo. Kenkojuku-style is similar to JKA Shotokan, but focuses on continuous fighting practice, without any of the usual modern karate rules of stopping when contact is made to score a point and reset the action.The fighting continues and at higher rank it includes basic Judo groundwork. This makes the Karate taught at Bushido Judo School more applicable to real fighting and self-defense than what is taught at most dojos. k1k2Class at Bushido is not structured around kata, but instead live partner drills which teach students in a fun, dynamic way how to punch and kick with correct body mechanics for maximum power, how to avoid attacks and counterpunch, and how to set up an opponent for your attack with feints and unbalancing techniques. Our students practice with a specific set of time-tested safety gear, including a headgear with a face shield, allowing students to make solid contact so that they know their technique really works. This practice is similar to a much older Japanese & Okinawan Karate method called bogu kumite, which used boxing gloves and Kendo headgear. This type of training greatly reduces injury chance and can allow the most average students to feel safe trying their technique under real pressure, giving them a ore enjoyable, richer Karate experience and confidence in their ability to handle themselves in a self-defense situation.

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    -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