Newcastle Kudo is under the direct guidance of Kudo Branch Chief Paul Cale. Sensei Paul holds seminars, gradings at Newcastle Kudo on a regular basis.
Kudo is mixed Budo sport comprising full contact punches, kicks, throws, and submission techniques on the ground. It uses various techniques from muay thai, boxing, jujitsu, sambo, submission wrestling and other martial arts. It has origins in Kakuto Karate (Combat Karate) but it is more than just mixed fighting, as it has an emphasis on competition.
This is Kudo
One of the purposes of martial arts, especially Budo, is to train the mind and body to become strong and utilise that strength for the improvement of our community. It is also a useful method of cultivating the youth who will contribute to the society through the tough times and events in their life. Overall, Kudo is a life long sport, a system for youth education, and a method of self-defence and health maintenance for adults. Along with these elements, it stresses the “Reigi” or respect and etiquette in its tradition, in this sense it is a “modern Budo” that has spread in more than 60 countries around the world.
- Mujou kann (mujou kan) a view of life as something transient and empty, in other words, anything that has a shape can be crushed or changed in its form someday (therefore it is no good for us to be attached or obsessed by things)
- Sougo izonn (sougo izonn) interdependency. All things exist only because they depend on each other (therefore one should not be self-righteous or self-conceited)
- Huhenn Hutou (huhenn hutou) open mind, impartially, 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 as “open-mindism” (Grand master Azuma’s original term) but it never means the way of “self-centered”, “egotistical” but “open mind with generous”, “humble heart in robust belief”.
The “Do” in Kudo means “a way of life”.
History of Kudo
Kudo was established in 1981 by the Grand Master Azuma Takashi. Master Azuma designed the martial art to fully allow multiple fighting styles to be used in one form. This in return maximises the abilities in an individual who then can defend him/herself in many styles and methods of defence. Kudo allows an individual to understand the benefits of using different fighting styles to their best ability and it encourages them to build confidence without arrogances for self-defence purposes.
Grand Master Azuma Takashi established the Daido Juku World Headquarters (DWHQ) in 1981 also. With the establishment of Kudo Daido Juku as an officially recognised Budo martial art in 2001, the headquarters became known as Kudo International Federation World (KIFHQ). The headquarters, located in Japan, has branches in over 100 places in Japan and more than 40 countries all over the world and the number is growing.