Under the teaching and direction of Kyoshi Shihan Craig, the Houston Budokan has been established as a center for the study of the traditional martial arts of Japan and Okinawa. Here, the students have available to them 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:
GOSHIN JUJITSU--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. The arts of 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 --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. Japan-Karate-do Ryobu-Kai is founded on the search for the ideal style of Japanese karate.
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.
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 exclusively for an individual's spiritual cultivation.
CHAMPIONS OF THE HOUSTON BUDOKAN
Craig Sensei has directed students to the following National and International Championships:
3 SILVERS - 2 BRONZE - HOUSTON OPEN JUDO TOURNIMENT (2010)
1st PLACE KATA - 3 - 1st PLACE SHINI - TEXAS STATE JUDO TOURNIMENT (2010)
2 GOLD - PAN AMERICAN GAMES (2009)
2 GOLD - 1 SILVER - TEXAS A&M JUDO TOURNIMENT (2009)
1st PLACE KATA - 1st PLACE SHINI - HOUSTON OPEN JUDO TOURNIMENT (2009)
2 GOLD - PAN AMERICAN GAMES (2008)
2 SILVERS - WORLD JUDO MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS (2008)
2 GOLDS - USA JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS (2008)
2 GOLDS - USA JUDO OPEN JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS (2007)
3rd PLACE - US JUDO NATIONALS (2006)
WINNERS OF THE HOUSTON OPEN JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS (2006)
1 GOLD - PAN AMERICAN GAMES (2005)
1GOLD - THE SWAMP CLASSIC JUDO CHAMPIONS (2004)
2 BRONZE - THE SWAMP CLASSIC JUDO CHAMPIONS (2004)
1 GOLD - JUDO NATIONALS (2003)
1 GOLD - PAN AMERICAN GAMES (2003)
2 GOLD - JUDO NATIONALS (2002)
2 GOLD - WORLD MASTERS (2002)
2 GOLD - PAN AMERICAN GAMES (2002)
2 GOLD & 1 SILVER - PAN AMERICAN GAMES (2001)
1 GOLD & 3 SILVER - NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (2000)
1st PLACE - TEXAS KARATE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS (2009)
2nd & 3rd PLACE - U.S.A.N.K.F. TEXAS CHAMPIONSHIPS (2008)
1 GOLDS - U.S.A.N.K.F. TEXAS CHAMPIONSHIPS (2005)
1 SILVER - U.S.A.N.K.F. TEXAS CHAMPIONSHIPS (2005)
1 BRONZE - U.S.A.N.K.F. TEXAS CHAMPIONSHIPS (2005)
3 GOLDS - U.S.A.N.K.F. TEXAS CHAMPIONSHIPS (2003)
1 SILVER & 2 BRONZE - U.S.A.N.K.F. NATIONALS (2001)
3rd PLACE - UNIVERSITY of TEXAS TEAM TOURNAMENT (2010)
2 - 3rd PLACES - NABESHIMA CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS (2009)
3rd PLACE - KENDO TEAM TOURNAMENT (2006)
2nd PLACE - LONGHORN TEAM TAIKAI (2005)
1st PLACE - NABESHIMA CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS (2005)
1st PLACE - NABESHIMA CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS (2004)
1st PLACE - NABESHIMA CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS (2003)
1st PLACE - INTERNATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS (2001)
1st PLACE - NABESHIMA CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS (2001)
LOGO OF THE HOUSTON BUDOKAN DOJO
The logo of the Houston Budokan can be interpreted as follows:
||This character means two people fighting
||This character means STOP or END
||When put together, the character means MARTIAL.
The red in the center of the emblem represents the red sun as seen in the Japanese flag. The circle which encloses the red sun represents that there is not a destination in budo, only an endless journey. The dominant eight lines extending from the circle represent Happo No Kuzushi or the eight directions of balance, which is the basis of all Japanese martial arts. The octagon shape of the logo is an exact miniature replica of the roof of the great Budokan in Tokyo.
HISTORY of HOUSTON BUDOKAN DOJO
The Houston Budokan was first established in 1966 in northwest Houston, Texas under the name of The House of the White Moon. From 1966 to 1984 it relocated several times until it moved to its current location at 4230 Mangum. In 1969 the Dojo changed its name to the Houston Budokan Inc. and adopted its current logo. From 1966 to 1969, The Dojo taught only karate and kobudo. Kendo and Iaido were introduced to the Dojo's currirulum in 1969 and in 1975 the Dojo floor was covered completely with a Katame mat and Judo, jujitsu and aikido were added to the curriculum. When the Houston Budokan moved to it's current location the additional floor space allowed two completely different arts to be taught simultaneously.
JUDO AND KENDO SIDES OF BUDOKAN
JUDO AND KENDO SHRINES IN THE DOJO
When you wear the Budokan pin you will have connected yourself to a martial art legacy. From its beginning in 1966 to the present., The Houston Budokan has produced hundreds of recreational Martial Artists as well as 17 national champions and world competitors in three arts. These include:
Claudia Smith, Barbara Anderson, Wendy Craig, David Simmons, Chris Becker
Tommy Callaway, Claudia Smith, Mehran Viseh
Darrell Craig, J. Faninto
Darrell Craig, Darren Craig, Rick TheBerge, Bob Lawson, Lanny Morton, Gordon Small, Kenichi Sooda
Bill Smith, Rick TheBerge, Darren Craig, Darrell Craig, Vernon Williams
The Houston Budokan has been involved over the past quarter century in establishing the Following:
1969 - Southern U.S. Kendo & Iaido Federation under the direction of the USKF (First regional kendo federation recognized outside the state of California)
1970 - United States home office for Seishin Kai Junse Goshin Budo Jujitsu or Taiho Jitsu Ryu
1979 - Hokkushin Itto Ryu was established outside of Japan for the 1st time in its history under the leadership of Sensei Haratane Chiba
The Houston Budokan has hosted more world renowned martial art instructors than any other school or dojo in the Americas.
LOCATION OF THE DOJO
SENSEI DARRELL CRAIG'S HOUSTON BUDOKAN IS LOCATED IN NORTH WEST HOUSTON, TEXAS U.S.A.
AND SERVES THE GREATER HOUSTON AREA AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.
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LOCATION OF THE HOUSTON BUDOKAN DOJO
4230 Mangum, Houston, Texas 77018
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES
7:00 - 8:30 P.M. MONDAY
7:00 - 8:30 P.M. FRIDAY
3:30 - 5:00 P.M. SATURDAY (JAPANESE)
7:00 - 8:30 P.M. MONDAY
6:30 - 8:00 P.M. WEDNSDAY
7:00 - 8:30 P.M. MONDAY
6:30 - 8:00 P.M. WEDNSDAY
6:15 - 7:15 P.M. TUESDAY (CHILDRENS)
6:15 - 7:15 P.M. THURSDAY (CHILDRENS)
7:30 - 9:00 P.M. TUESDAY (ADULTS)
7:30 - 9:00 P.M. THURSDAY (ADULTS)
KENDO KATA,IAI-DO and KOBUDO
6:00 P.M. 1st and 3rd FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH
Class schedules are subject to change depending on attendance and other activities
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