Takashi Azuma (KUDO)


Founder and director of International Kudo Advisory committee.
Head director of International/All Japan Kudo Federation
Founder/Grand master of Daido Juku.
9th-dan Kudo, 3rd-dan Judo.

Based on the belief that [keeping on training the mind and body aside from all ideology is the way for strike-based martial arts to gain acceptance in society], Master Azuma lead by example through direct instruction in the dojo.
 

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Born 1949 in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture, Japan.

1971 Enrols in Waseda Universitys night courses with a major in English literature.

1972 Enrols in the Kyokushinkaikans headquarters. Further ranks 6th at the First World Full Contact Karate Open Championships and 4th at the 2nd World Full Contact Karate Open Championships. While at the time it would have been usual to retire as an athlete and focus only on a Branch Chief role, keeps both hats and goes on to win the 9th All-Japan Full Contact Karate Open Championships. 

1981 Proposes and advocates Kakuto Karate (Combat Karate) based on realism, safety, and appeal to the audience. Founds Daido Juku in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture.

1986 With the nationwide expansion of Daido Juku, moves headquarters to Tokyo. 

1993 Holds the first international seminar in Vladivostok, Russia. This marks the starting point of Daido Jukus worldwide expansion. 

2001 Following the worldwide recognition of Daido Juku, introduces the more accomplished, comprehensive martial arts, budo Kudo. The First World Kudo Championship takes place the same year.

2013 At a ranking examination, is elevated to the rank of 9th dan, the highest rank in Kudo.

2021 On the 3rd April 2021 Takashi Azuma sadly passed away.


Kancho Azuma holds the world ice break record.

What is KUDO?

Kudo is  a mixed Budo sport comprising full contact punches, kicks, throwing, and submission techniques on the ground. Kudo has its origins in Kakuto Karate (Combat Karate), at its heart, it is a combination of Kyokushin and Judo, later enhanced with additional techniques from other arts, but It is not just a mixed fighting with emphasis on competition side. It is a life-long sport, system for youth education, method of self-defence and health maintenance for adults. Along with this elements it stresses the Reigi or respect and etiquette in its tradition. In this sense it is a Modern Budo that has already spread in more then 60 countries around the world.

One of the purposes of martial arts, especially BUDO (Judo, Karate-do, Kendo, Aikido, Kudo and so on) is to train the mind and body to become strong and utilize that strength for the improvement of our community *As is well known, the word Do in Budo means a way of life. Also it is a useful method of cultivating the youth who will contribute to the society through the tough times and events in their life. Nowadays, education for the youth in the world is on the verge of decay. Budo is, we can dare to say, a vital tool to discipline them and a guide even in ourselves. So we have to evade being misunderstood about the value of Budo due to bad impression that mere martial arts are to give people as violence without philosophy.

Choosing this philosophical word KU as our motto/idea, we name this Budo, KUDO

(KU) means three important philosophical concepts

1. Mujou kan
Impermanence
The Buddha taught that because all things within our lives and our world are constantly changing, it is important to remember that nothing is permanent. By maintaining awareness of this basic truth, we can let go of attachments and learn to relax into the continual flow of life.

According to the teachings of the Buddha, life is comparable to a river: a successive series of different moments, linked together to give the impression of one continuous flow. Life moves from cause to effect, one event to another, one state of existence to another, giving the impression that it is a continuous and unified movement, whereas in reality it is not.

The river of yesterday is not the same as the river of today. The river of this moment is not going to be the same as the river of the next moment. Life changes continuously.

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it,
move with it, and join the dance."Alan Watts

A view of life/world as something transient and empty In other words, anything that has a shape be crushed or changed in its form someday. (Therefore it is no good for us to attached or obsessed by things)

2. Sougo izon
Interdependency
All things exist only because they depend on each other (Therefore one should not be self-righteousness, or self-conceited)

Above mentioned two idea lead to following third one.

3. Huhen Huto
Open mind. 
Impartiality, liberalism  We can gain all things if we try to do so earnestly, but in order to be free, we should never persist with them, even day by day affairs, separating ourselves from prejudice, bias and so on. This perspective may be expressed "Open-Mindism" (Original term said by Grand-Master Azuma).

But it never means the way of self-centred, egoistical but open mind with generous, humble heart in robust belief. So for those who choose Kudo as Budo of our life, should think much of these three words. That is to say, if we meet any kind of difficulties we must face them positively and never evade without challenge against them in order to gain the highest, ultimate truth.

 
 
 

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Training Times:

Gellilydan Village Hall.
Gwynedd. Wales. LL41 4EF


Wednesdays
Kyokushinkai Karate 7.00-8.00pm
Knockdown Fighting & Fitness    8.00-9.00pm
Saturdays
Kudo MMA & Kickboxing            10.30-11.30am
 
 

Training Costs:


Pay as You Train Fees:
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£3.00 per session. (Online/Zoom).

Pre-Pay Monthly Fees:
£20 per month. (Live/Face to Face).
£10 per month. (Online/Zoom).

121 Classes by Prior Appointment:
£20 per hour. (Live/Face to Face).
£15 per hour. (Online/Zoom).