Somerset Budokai was started in 1980 by Fred East
Renshi, now within Budokai
Kenbukai is the name of his dojo, named† in great respect of his first sensei Dunlop Paul.
It was formed so that approved students going from his dojo to open their own would have a reliable and continuous source of syllabus, technique and friendship.
He has been with Professor Prof. Dr R W Mills Sensei, Chairman of BSKA, since 1980.
He was formerly a student of Dunlop Paul sensei, practicing Shukokai karate, kenjutsu from Kimura sensei
and Sai and Nunchaku since 1974.
He was also 2nd Dan Kenjikan Kempo karate and† 3rd Dan Sankukai, Nanbu Sensei training also under
Tsukada sensei in BSKA
He holds the rank of Rokudan (6th Dan) and is chief
instructor for the BSKA for the West of
He became a Shinkendo student of Obata sensei in 2000 and held the ranks, awarded by Obata sensei,
of Hyaku-e and† Shodan Renshi Kaku and Shodan Toyama Ryu Battojutsu.
Kenbudo Higashi Ryu Japanese Swordsmanship is a result of East senseiís continuous study since 1974, not just of techniques and combinations but understanding of strategy, ki, tactics, bunkai, by thorough and continuous Karate and Kenbudo training.
Passing these arts to serious students is the only reason for the existence of his dojo and this site.
Kenbudo Higashi Ryu† is a thorough sword system developed by him over the years and has a full syllabus covering all aspects; Subaru, kata, kumitachi, tameshigiri and Batto Jutsu.
Nitoken, the two sword system and cutting of thrown targets has been
loosely† in the training schedule of
Kenbudo Higashi Ryu† is owned by East sensei and is not part of any other art or system.
The awarding of dan grades is not only to indicate the studentís progress but to provide a basis for future dojos in BudokaiUK
The morning sessions held at the
From time to time there are Saturday morning sessions for Shitoryu karate, formerly for high grade karateka but now open to all grades and for Kenbudo Higashi Ryu as well, in the second set.
Prospective students of Shitoryu karate or Kenbudo are welcome to make contact for more information.
Link to†††††††††††† KENBUDO Higashi Ryu†
Link to BSKA (British Shitoryu Karate Association)†
There are currently three dojo in
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kenbudo† Higashi Ryu Japanese Swordsmanship
Kizemekai†††††††††††††††††† Tony Barber†††† ††††††††††† Shitoryu Karate
Kaigaikai†††††††††††††††††††† John Davis†††††† ††††††††††† Shitoryu Karate
Respected dojo elsewhere:
Link to†††††††††††† Ni Kawa Kai- Graham Moughton Renshi††††††††
Kenkyo-ha-Budo Renmei†††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Michael Cowie sensei† 謙虚派武道連盟