About Us

Established in the 1970s by a distinguished Japanese master to practice & promote the teaching of the traditional samurai arts, both armed and unarmed, & the aiki based systems.

A good spread of age and ability, good gender mix; a club rightly proud of it diversity heritage. A true club ethos, neither dogmatic or macho, & entirely non profit making with no commercial incentives or ambitions. Fun, family friendly, highly disciplined yet informal atmosphere currently including mother/father: daughter/son combinations in the student mix.

We practice traditional Japanese martial arts, involving both armed and unarmed techniques, and uphold the philosophy and ethos of our founder.

This means that we are an inclusive institution, practice in a disciplined fashion and expect our students to demonstrate the character and responsibility expected of a practitioner of traditional Japanese martial arts.

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Chris (Club Sensei) - 3rd Dan: Chris joined the club after having been introduced by a local Venture Scout leader back when he was 17. After disapearing off to University for 6 or so years (where he practiced Karate) he returned and after many years has now taken over the running of the Club.

"On my first session we were praticing with Bokens (wooden swords) and from then on I was hooked. At University I struggled to find a club that could match the sense of camaraderie that I had left behind (although my Karate club came close). When I returned, the faces had changed but that feeling of welcome remained and I think it speaks volumes about the character of the club that I could step back into the ranks without anyone batting an eyelid. I really enjoy the variety of techniques that Budo encapsulates, learning the ways in which one discipline informs the others and find that a good throw around does wonders for the soul after a day banging my head against a computer screen."

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███████ ██████ (Founders' Representative) - 6th Dan: With forty odd years of Martial Arts experience (20 of them as the club Sensei) this international man of mystery, still sporting festival hair and with an almost unhealthy obsession with the 'infernal combustion engine', (his other hobby), attends as often as traveling permits, where as a life long martial artist, he dispenses a master class with enough grace to make you shed a tear.

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Darren - 2nd Dan: Despite being an estate agent and a 9th Dan in the dreadful and black art of the pun. It shows the humanity of the members of the club that they are prepared to forgive him both of these things. In his younger days Darren contributed to a world wide shortage of hair gel but now has two children, having married a fellow student, so has less use for the stuff these days.

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Tim: The person who coined the phrase 'yoga with attitude' and one of the few people who seem to enjoy press ups , (so we let him do ours for us), Tim also enjoys throwing himself off of a cliff while connected to a frame tent (Remeber frame tents?) and long distance jaunts by foot or bicycle. This degree of eccentricity makes him perfectly qualified for the world of Budo, where he also acts as substitute chocolate brownie maker. Tim thinks Green & Blacks should sponsor us, given the collective consumption of chocolate in various formats during the tea break.

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Bruce: At the age of 58 and having done Judo many years ago, Bruce is one the Dan grades favourite ukes' as he breakfalls like a champion. As a man living in an otherwise all female household, Bruce thought Budo would make a nice change. Some hope, he now spend his evenings being bounced around the dojo by 'the ladies who Budo'

"I joined because my teenage daughter needed a new activity/sport for her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh scheme and it was something both of us could do together on a Sunday afternoon. I now come twice a week because the club’s comprehensive warm up and stretching exercises routine (many common to yoga) keeps me supple and Aikido helps me to relax from the stress of running my own business. You can’t be worrying about business when you have to concentrate on where to smoothly move your feet and arms to blend with the person opposite you, who is also moving. I enjoy exercise and Aikido ticks all the boxes; it helps me keep fit, healthy, mentally alert and there is a great informal atmosphere to this club. The membership consists of a genuinely nice bunch of people who I now count as my friends."

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Susannah: Where Susannah finds the time is a mystery. What with being a business owner, Brownie leader, and mother. Dubbed the'queen of the chocolate brownie makers', Susannah's martial arts skills rival her baking, which means she's an exceptionally accomplished cookie in both worlds. We think there are several clones as no one person can manage all that work but, then again, maybe it's a case of, 'if you want a job done well, ask a busy woman'.

"I joined because I thought it would be a good activity to do with my daughter. I thought it would be a great way to gain confidence and learn some self-defence, particularly as I would frequently go running by myself or with a baby in push-chair in isolated places. Also it was something I'd always wanted to do but never really had the opportunity when I was younger - I did venture to a karate club once as a teenager but felt intimidated by a room with about 30 people, mainly macho types, all lined up shouting incomprehensible words and copying the sensei for an hour - it was more like a military style drill and I felt completely lost and out of place."

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John: Often described as a thoroughly nice chap, well when your mother is the local vicar it's only expected, John is still young enough, unlike some of the others, to get up from the kneeling position without creaking joints or the use of mobility aids. This heightened physical ability makes him an ideal 'uke', or person on whom the techniques are demonstrated. One of the few Juniors to have attained his black belt

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Lucy: Proof positive that a small woman can make a massive impact on the mat, usually by hurling much larger, heavier men into it with total abandon. Having attained her junior black belt, Lucy is looking forward to adding the senior version to her tally of awards in various styles at different clubs, despite life as an undergraduate.

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V: One of our younger members but certainly not one who fades into the background, V could talk for England but manages to demonstrate some superb skills on the mat, even when she's still conversing!

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A: Quiet and unassuming but proof that the quiet ones are sometimes the ones to watch, A is a junior who will go far in martial arts because she knows the value of listening skills as a tool to accelerated learning.


Training Information

Prices

We aim to keep costs to a mimimum. We are entirely non-profit-making; all teachers and students pay mat fees. This finances the running expenses of the Dojo, such as rent and insurance, whilst also enabling us to purchase additional or replacement training equipment.

Mat Fees (Monthly)

Seniors training twice a week £50
Seniors training once a week £25
Juniors/Students £15
Family (Coving two adults plus two Juniors/Students) £50

Annual insurance

Seniors training twice a week £50
Seniors training once a week £50
Juniors/Students £30
Family (Coving two adults plus two Juniors/Students) £60

Payment

Fees are idealy paid by standing order to the details below, howeverwe you may pay monthy in cash at the start of each month


Training times

We train twice a week at the following times:

Wednesday 8.30pm to 10.00pm
Sunday 10.00am to 12.00am

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time to help put out the mat.


Location

We train in a hall in small and beautiful village located in the Surrey Hills countryside in the south of England.

Abinger Hammer Village Hall
Felday Road
Abinger Hammer
Surrey
RH5 6QX


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Obviously martial arts has rules of conduct in the Dojo, for both safety and etiquette reasons. These, originally set out by Otani Sensei, have been respectfully updated and are as below:

The Dojo is a place of special study and should be treated with the utmost respect at all times. The name Dojo originated from the term for the meditation hall of Zen Buddhism, a place of deepest concentration and the highest discipline.

Proper respect must be shown for the Dojo at all times. Budoka must remove outdoor footwear and put Dojo zoris on before entering the Dojo. Further, they must rei on entering and leaving the Dojo and when stepping onto or off the tatami. Budoka must only step onto the tatami with the express permission of the Sensei.

Budoka must move quietly and conduct themselves with decorum and dignity in the Dojo.

Smoking, eating and drinking are not permitted in the Dojo although liquid or foodstuffs required for medicinal purposes may be taken.

All safety instructions must be obeyed instantly and all necessary precautions observed.

Budoka must ensure that their Gi and themselves are clean and tidy and that finger and toe nails are short and well trimmed. Good personal hygiene is a sign of good etiquette, as is self-discipline and consideration towards fellow students.

No alcoholic drinks are permitted before or during training.

Respect must be shown for teachers and higher grades, seek to follow their advice and directions.

Show consideration and friendliness to other students, be kindly and helpful to lower grades and never rough.

Demonstrate correct etiquette towards weapons in the Dojo.Treat visitors with respect and correct etiquette, whatever their status, explain any necessary procedures to them and encourage their understanding of your activities.

Lastly, remember that any area or space in which Budo takes place, becomes in spirit, a Dojo.

Joining

You are most welcome to come and speak to us on a training day about commencing martial arts with us, or indeed joining in (first session free).

What to wear

You should wear something like a sweat shirt and jogging bottoms which cover the arms, legs and chest area, if you do not have a 'Gi'.

If you wish to purchase clothing and equipment please refer to the link below of an online supplier with quality products at reasonable prices. We do not take any financial incentives from this supplier.

  • www.playwell.co.uk

  • What to bring

    If you would like to give budo a go, please download and complete the Health Form and Insurance Waiver and bring them with you to save time during your first visit.

    History

    The club was established in the 1970s by Otani Sensei, It's students included both Stephen Young and Keith Barry, who were to subsequently become the club's Senseis in turn. When our founder moved from the area where we were first based, the club was given to Sensei Stephen Young, who then had as his senior student, Keith Barry. In 1986 Sensei Keith Barry took over the day to day running of the club prior to Sensei Young's death in a road accident in 1987. Sadly that period saw us also lose our founder to stomach cancer. In late 2013, the club was passed to Sensei Christopher Chapman.

    Budo may be translated as "martial ways" and was derived initially from the battlefield arts comprising Bu-jutsu. Budo evolved during the Edo period in Japan, a time of relative calm during which the martial arts took on spiritual connotations, providing a means for meditation and mental well being, whilst retaining their combative nature within a moral framework.

    It was at this time that the codification of techniques for the various arts was undertaken. In later years newer arts such as Kendo, Judo and Aikido were devised and incorporated within Budo's orbit. Training in the arts is as much a development of character as a journey through the martial ways of Japan.

    The Samurai were required to be proficient in both armed and unarmed technique. It for this reason that Budo does not restrict itself to a single art: it is the inheritor of the Samurai tradition.

    Contact Us

    If you would like further information about training with us, please feel free to contact us via email at fudobudouk@gmail.com or you can drop us a message via our Facebook page

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