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Butokuden Kyoto
Butokuden Kyoto

The Ho Ei Juku is a not-for-profit Martial Arts organisation first established with the opening of the Blue Tiger Karate Club in September 1985 in Hastings by Sensei Brian Hinchliffe, now training in Goju Ryu Karate and Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Jutsu. Goju Ryu was the style formed by the legendary Karate Master Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953) following decades of study in Okinawa and southern China. The style is known around the world today as a powerful, effective fighting system. Sensei Brian, ranked 8th Dan in Karate and 6th Dan in Iai Jutsu in Japan, began training in 1972 and since first visiting Japan in the 1980s, has been following the teaching of Kancho Tada of the Seishikan and Sensei Morinaka of the Ho Sei Juku. The name Ho Ei Juku was given to the group by Sensei Morinaka as a tradition to establish an authentic link with his dojo. As part of the All Japan Martial Arts Federation, or Zen Nippon Sogo-Budo Renmei, the Ho Ei Juku is perfectly placed to bring traditional Goju Ryu Karate and Eishin Ryu Iai Jutsu to the UK under the guidance of Sensei Brian Hinchliffe, who is a Director and Head of Karate in the UK for the All Japan Martial Arts Federation. Although Goju Ryu within the Ho Ei Juku has little emphasis on modern sport karate, it is a disciplined and energetic system that will develop the strength of character and determination required to succeed in all walks of life today. Iai Jutsu, being the study of Japanese swordsmanship, is practiced under strict supervision and is an excellent way to develop health and fitness in a martial art that really is not a fighting art at all but a way of preserving life.

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