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Budokai

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Foundation of Kyokushin-Budokai:

In 1980, sad by all politics and the so-called Budoka who don’t or did not achieve anything, he founded the Kyokushin Budokai after an invitation by the Dutch Navy and their coach Shihan Jan de Bruin 8th Dan; and the first Budokai dojo of two of his pupils, Shihan Tom Eikmans 8th Dan and Shihan Frans van Wijngaarden 8th Dan. The Kyokushin-Budokai was born. The Budokai has been busy for 25 years and has developed to a solid group. Each associated dojo is his own boss and pays only a small onetime amount for a lifetime membership and a minor contribution each year. Everyone can propose an issue, and it is not a federation with a board. Bluming is the Kaicho and determines what will happen, but in cooperation with a committee that also gives examinations for 1st to 4th Dan grades. For higher Dan grades people can be nominated, but Kaicho decides, and in difficult cases he consults Kenji Kurosaki, 10th Dan and honorary president. In cooperation with Shihandai Dave Jonkers 8th Dan, the Kyokushin Budokai later developed into the International Budokaikan. De Budokai style is very effective and realistic, both in matches as for self-defence: the no-nonsense style. In January 1989, Bluming was promoted to 9th Dan from Japan. In November 1993, Akira Maeda 8th Dan Budokai came to his hometown De Bilt in The Netherlands and told him that Mas Oyama had sent him because of his future collaboration with the rings free fight organization. Oyama wanted Bluming back, offered him the president ship of the World Kyokushinkaikan, and ensured him that he would be allocated the training program for everyone who was willing to start all-round fighting; many people were enthusiastic to do so. Bluming accepted the offer on condition that Loek Hollander would be expelled from the organization; that was no problem. Maeda is still alive and the mentioned stories have not been made up. In April 1994, Bluming received a message from Maeda that Mas Oyama suddenly had died. Bluming was so sad that he travelled to Japan to bid farewell to his former teacher in the Honbu. September 4 of 1994 was the most emotional day in his life when he received a fax from Kenji Kurosaki in Japan saying that he was awarded the grade of his deceased teacher Mas Oyama and that he was allowed to have 10th Dan. Kenji Kurosaki and four other prominent Honbu's had unanimously agreed that Bluming deserved the honour. With that decision he was the first in the KKK Honbu to receive the 6th Dan grade (in 1965) and the 10th Dan grade (in 1994) as a foreigner from the recognized Honbu’s in Japan. In addition, in 1998 he became 9th Dan in Judo, and he is the only one in the world, Asia included, who received two of such grades from Japan. The Kyokushin Budokai now has many Dojos’ around the world working together. Whenever possible, Bluming is still travelling around the globe to explain his ideas about fighting, matches, and self-defence. But it is a fact, and in his case more importantly, that he is one of the most complete fighting machines that are walking around on earth. He is also one of the few Grandmasters who proved their ability not only through practicing the martial arts but who also proved themselves ultimately in all aspects of the competition, that is, the real fighting. In 1963 in a manner of self-defence he put 5 pounces from The Hague in hospital after they had attacked him. One of them was at death’s door from 10 o’clock in the morning ‘till 3 o’clock in the afternoon, and luckily recovered. Bluming was cleared since he had not started it and had finished it alone. Back in the dojo we got 80 new members in the old Budokai the following days.

Kaicho Jon Bluming:

I founded the Budokai as counterbalance against all those sad characters in those times, who only wanted to make money and did not return anything in exchange. Also the graduations by the newly founded Karate association were a disgrace, when it became known who had suddenly become 5th and 6th Dan. Especially when Bontje became 6th Dan, it was an insult for real Karate. I decided to start working together with people of good will and to give Budoka, who “had been standing on the barricades” for years, finally the degree they were worth. So all those Budoka who “had fallen between two stools” because of any situation whatsoever…that promise I have been able to keep together with my former teacher Kenji Kurosaki 10th Dan, who has been a legend in Japan for 73 years. My advice is, when you start or do not know how to proceed in any combat sport: look for a good teacher and check and double-check whether the stories are right, and then listen to him to make progress in whatever you are aiming for, self-defence, taking part in competition, all-round or full-contact or the soft style!!! You can receive or even buy a Dan grade from anyone, but is that worth anything and do you dare showing it to those people who know what the sport is all about without being laughed at? I founded the Budokai as counterbalance against all those sad characters in those times, who only wanted to make money and did not return anything in exchange. Also the graduations by the newly founded Karate association were a disgrace, when it became known who had suddenly become 5th and 6th Dan. Especially when Bontje became 6th Dan, it was an insult for real Karate. I decided to start working together with people of good will and to give Budoka, who “had been standing on the barricades” for years, finally the degree they were worth. So all those Budoka who “had fallen between two stools” because of any situation whatsoever…that promise I have been able to keep together with my former teacher Kenji Kurosaki 10th Dan, who has been a legend in Japan for 73 years. My advice is, when you start or do not know how to proceed in any combat sport: look for a good teacher and check and double-check whether the stories are right, and then listen to him to make progress in whatever you are aiming for, self-defence, taking part in competition, all-round or full-contact or the soft style! You can receive or even buy a Dan grade from anyone, but is that worth anything and do you dare showing it to those people who know what the sport is all about without being laughed at?