Budokai (Association of Martial Ways) is based in Adelaide, South Australia and is the umbrella organisation for the practice and dissemination of several Asian fighting arts as passed down from Chinese and Japanese masters. At Budokai Australia we practise the so-called "internal" arts of Aikido, Taiji chuan, Xingyi chuan, Bagua zhang as well as the traditional weapons of Japan - Shindo Muso ryu Jyodo (stick), Kasumi Shinto ryu Kenjutsu (sword), Isshin ryu Kusarigama jutsu (sickle and chain) and Toda-ha Buko ryu Naginata Jutsu (halberd), workshops designed to teach Self Defence for Women,and Control Techniques for Police and Security Officers.
I consider myself a perennial student, of the all round physical benefits of the East Asian fighting arts as well as the philosophies taught by all my teachers. To this end, I encourage all my students to develop their minds and spirits as well as their bodies. We are not about to proclaim the invincibility of any of the arts taught at our dojo, nor are we into training "ultimate fighters" or even street fighters, what we are offering is training in traditional concepts and ways which will keep students healthy and fit, help them to understand other cultures and have regimes to keep them healthy well into old age.
Perhaps I qualify as sensei or laoshi, perhaps not, but I don't like to be considered any more than a student - a little further down the path than most, but not at my final destination yet. I began my journey in 1969 with a study of Aikido and Karate and, in 1980, began my study of Shindo Muso ryu jodo and its associated weaponry. On my first sojourn to Asia in 1981, I commenced Taiji chuan and on my return in 1985, I commenced Xingyi chuan, Bagua zhang and Shaolin chuan.
In addition to the above training, I have also served 19 years as a Police officer and can state categorically that the techniques taught by my teachers work efficiently and effectively in the heavily scrutinized world of modern Policing. I have taught in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne as well as Adelaide and Tokyo (during my eight years in Asia).
We live in Adelaide, South Australia a small, but beautiful city and our dojo is small and tight knit. I have a handful of very fine students who have been privy to all I have learnt over my journey but I feel I have not fulfilled the exhortations of my teachers - in particular Wang Zhong Dao, He Bing Chuan, Kaminoda Tsunemori, Nakano Harumi, Nitta Suzuo and Phil Relnick - to spread the message with which they entrusted me many years ago. Hence this website, which I am told is the way to spread the word to the modern generations. If you can't attend the dojo or a seminar, please make use of our teaching videos to gain the benefits and be part of a stream of knowledge that extends across continents and through the generations.