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Somerset Budokai was started in 1980 by Fred East Renshi, now within Budokai UK.

Kenbukai is the name of his dojo, namedin 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 and3rd 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 England.


He became a Shinkendo student of Obata sensei in 2000 and held the ranks, awarded by Obata sensei,

of Hyaku-e andShodan 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 Ryuis 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 looselyin the training schedule of Somerset Budokai for over twenty years and is now retained in the Kenbudo syllabus. In addition, the breaking of timber with bokken is part of Kenbudo, taught to him by Kimura sensei in the early seventies.

Kenbudo Higashi Ryuis owned by East sensei and is not part of any other art or system.

In Budokai UK, Kobudo and Tode are taught as is recognition of Kyusho in application.

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 Somerset Budokai Hombu deliver both Kenbudo Higashi Ryu and Shitoryu karate and Kobudo.

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.


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There are currently three dojo in Somerset Budokai:

Kenbukai†††††††††††††††††††† Fred East†††††††† ††††††††††† Shitoryu Karate and

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Kizemekai†††††††††††††††††† Tony Barber†††† ††††††††††† Shitoryu Karate

Kaigaikai†††††††††††††††††††† John Davis†††††† ††††††††††† Shitoryu Karate




Respected dojo elsewhere:



Link to†††††††††††† Ni Kawa Kai- Graham Moughton Renshi††††††††

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