Under the direction of Mr. Darrell Craig, the Houston Budokan has been established as a center for the study of the martial arts. Here, the student has available to him instruction in an unusually broad range of forms and disciplines taught with the central purpose of enhancing the student's physical and mental well-being. The Budokan offers training to dedicated students in the following disciplines:
Kendo --The way of the sword --
Kendo means the way of the sword in Japanese and is, in essence, Japanese fencing. Traditional Japanese fencing was originally practiced by Bushi or Samurai. Kendo deals with the physical and mental skills necessary for sword fighting. The goal of Kendo to develop the physical and spiritual aspects of the practitioner. Kendo is the most popular of the martial arts in Japan.
Iaido --The way of drawing the sword --
Iaido is the art of drawing the sword out of its scabbard, cutting one's opponent with a single killing blow, removing blood from the sword, and returning the sword to its scabbard with a minimum of exertion. The essence of Iaido is to form a non-combative discipline practiced for an individual's spiritual cultivation.
Goshin jiu-jitsu --The way of self defense --
Jujitsu or Goshin Jiu-Jitsu as taught today encompasses empty-handed self-defense techniques developed from the centuries old military arts (Bujutsu) of the Japanese Samurai Warriors. The term Jiu-Jitsu, formulated in the Tokagawan era, translates to the art (Jiu) of yielding, softness, subtleness or pliability and (Jitsu) from Bujutsu. Zen, Aikido, Judo and Karate-do evolved from the same historical influences.
Judo --The way of gentleness --
Judo means "the way of gentleness." Early Judo was similar to Jiu-Jitsu in several significant ways, including dress, techniques, and philosophy. Today, Judo is an Olympic Sport and is generally practiced in almost every country in the world. The first Judo school, called the Kodokan, in Tokyo, was founded in 1882, and it still sets the guidelines by which all forms of Judo are practiced.
Karate-do --The way of the empty hand --
Karate-do translates as "the way of the empty hand," an unarmed, defensive art with a history that spans many centuries, originating in the Shaolin fighting arts of China and later developing in the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa), combined with indigenous grappling techniques, and in Japan. Shito-ryu is one of the largest styles of Japanese karate today.
Kobudo --The way of ancient weapons --
Kobudo is an ancient weapons art. At different times and for various reasons during its history, weapons were banned on the island of Okinawa. The resourceful Okinawa’s adapted everyday farming and fishing implements as weapons for self-defense. Over time, the use of these weapons became formalized into a beautiful, graceful, and effective art that has been passed down from generation to generation.
SENSEI DARRELL CRAIG'S HOUSTON BUDOKAN IS LOCATED IN NORTH WEST HOUSTON, TEXAS U.S.A. AND SERVES THE HOUSTON AREA AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.
BELOW IS A MAP INDICATING THE LOCATION OF THE BUDOKAN.
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES
KENDO JUDO JUJITSU KARATE
Kyoshi Shihan Darrell Craig
In 1956 while assigned to the Third Marine Division in Yokuska, Japan, Mr. Craig received his initiation into the martial arts. He began his career of study with the art of karate under Master Gogen Yamaguchi of the Goju School. It was during this initial period of study that he developed an intense personal interest in the philosophical, cultural and historical foundations of a discipline that can be most closely described by the term 'art'. However, its substance has no true equivalent in western culture. His interest in this foundation has contributed most significantly to his continuation of study and advancement.
Transferred to Okinawa in 1958, Mr. Craig was afforded the opportunity to study under Mr. Zenruzo Shimabuku. In Okinawa Mr. Craig furthered his study of Karate and began a study of Okinawan weapons, a style of weaponry historically unique to that island..
Upon discharge from the U.S. Marine Corp, Mr. Craig enrolled at Arlington State University. Taking a B.S., degree in business, he then moved to Houston, where, for the last two decades, he has channeled his interests into several of the disciplines which comprise the martial arts..
As self-defense instructor for the Houston Police Department, Mr. Craig has received commendations from the Houston S.W.A.T Division for distinguished meritorious service..
He is the author of Iai-Jutsu : The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship and Iai-Jitsu : Center of the Circle both out of print but still available in some shops and collections. Mr. Craig's books currently in print are IAI The Art of Drawing the Sword also Japan's Ultimate Martial Art: Ju Jutsu Before 1882, and Heart of Kendo and the just published SHIHAN-Te The Bunkai of Karate Kata
Mr. Craig received the highest recognition in his career in 1973, when he was awarded the title of Shihan or 'Master Teacher'. Shihan is the historical title of the army of the feudal warlords and has been retained as a term of great respect in modern Japan. The title has been bestowed on very few westerners..