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The Crest

The large white ring around the outside of the crest represents all the belts white through brown.
The black ring inside the white ring represents the potential of the white through brown belts to become black belts.
The black area on the inside of the circle represents all the black belts.  It is larger, because as a karateka you will spend more time as a black belt in your karate training.  There is less black area near the bottom to signify the lesser number of high-ranking black belts.  This lower area also signifys that as you progress up through the higher ranks, you sink and become more humble in your karate training.
The red ring represents the master ranks, 8th through 10th. Butokukan currently has one master, as Shihan Yoichi Nakachi (10th Dan) passed away in 1998.  Shihan Robert Hill (9th Dan) is the only Master in the style right now.
The fist in the center is a seiken, and is used to represent all the body weapons used in Butokukan. Of all the weapons, the seiken is the most commonly used.
The crest was designed by Yoichi Nakachi, and was introduced in 1963 when the style changed from Shinpu-ren to Butokukan, along with the katas, which were introduced to bring a flowingness to the style.


   Affirmations
As quoted from the official Butokukan Policy Manual
1998 Revision

1. I AM A FAITHFUL MEMBER OF BUTOKUKAN.
2. I USE BUTOKUKAN ONLY IN DEFENSE OF MYSELF, MY LOVED ONES, AND IN DEFENSE OF MY COUNTRY.
3. I ALWAYS RESPECT MY SENIORS AS I DO MY SENSEIS.
4. I NEVER MAKE FALSE STATEMENTS TO MEMBERS OF BUTOKUKAN.
5. I NEVER DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD DEGRADE BUTOKUKAN AS A MARTIAL ART.
6. THESE RULES AND LAWS I WILL EVER HOLD TRUE.  I AM ( your name )


 
  Tying the Belt

Butokukan Dojo Etiquette
  • Each Student will bow upon leaving or entering the dojo.
  • Bowing will be addressed to the Butokukan Crest or the Sensei.
  • Each student will bow to the Crest before entering or leaving the actual work-out area.
  • During a formal class period, all students will be quiet, giving the Sensei complete freedom to teach.
  • During a formal class period, the student must ask the Sensei's permission to leave the work-out are ( for any reason ).
  • If a student has a question, he or she should raise a hand and wait to be recognized by the Sensei.
  • During a formal class period, all questions should be directed to the Sensei ( unless the Sensei has made other arrangements ).
  • Profanity wil not be tolerated in the dojo.
  • The Obi ( belt ) is an extension of the wearer's inner spirit and represents their karate ability.  It should be treated with respect, never touching the floor except when worn.
  • The instructer will be addressed as Sensei whenever inside the dojo ( whether formal work-out or not ).
  • Street shoes are not to be worn on the dojo floor.
  • Respect others personal property as you would their own.  ( Stealing would be grounds for expulsion ).
  • When weights are available for your use, never lift alone!  Always have a spotter.
  • It is everyone's responsibility to help keep the dojo clean and the work-out area free of debris that could cause an injury.
  • The violation of any of these rules will be punishable by the violators compliance with the Sensei's penalty ( mainly, lots of push-ups! ).
  • The Head Instructor has the power to expel any student under any circumstances or activities occuring in or outside the Dojo that he deems unfitting of a student of Butokukan Karate.
   J.A.B.K.A.

2138 Warner Street.
Bremerton, WA
98310


   JABKA stands for Japan-American Butokukan Karate Association, and is our organizational body used to help administer services and materials for all of the clubs.  Membership entitles each student to unlimited access to all dojos in Canada and the U.S., as well as a newsletter every two months. Membership fees are yearly and at present are $20 Canadian ( in essence, anything over two classes a week mean any extra classes are free if you are a member ).  Note that not being a member may exclude you from certain events such as tournaments or seminars.

The current editor of the American Blackbelt newsletter is Shihan Chris Olson.

For subscribing to the American Blackbelt newsletter, as well contact Shihan Olson.

AND if you wish to get the 2003 kata DVD ( $50 U.S. ) or the 1993 kata tapes, you can contract Shihan Olson at chrisandsusi@earthlink.net.  His mailing address is:

J.A.B.K.A.
16192 Bay Ridge Drive N.W.
Poulsbo, WA
98370 U.S.A.

The 1993 kata tapes are $12 U.S. each, and each cassette has from 3 to 5 katas on them:

Please verify by contacting Shihan Olson for the tape with the exact kata listing

The 1989 kata tape, which has all the katas on them, but only visual bunkai ( analysis ) of some of the moves, and which include an explanation of what is by Sensei Bill Olson, and Master Hill demonstrating the "Breather", is a good companion to the above tapes.  This tape goes for $16 U.S., I believe, and you can also get a copy of this if you request.

If you would like them sent to you, you will have to pay for shipping charges ( check with Sensei Fouch ).  You can also travel down to Silverdale ( Bremerton ) to pick up the tapes, if you're down working out with the American Butokukan students or blackbelts, or if you're down at a tournament.  Shihan Olson can in special situations bring tapes up to Canada, if he is also coming up here for a seminar, or for one of our tournaments.

If you would like to obtain the American Butokukan Newsletter, send down $15 U.S. ( $20 Canadian ) for Membership in Butokukan to Shihan Olson.



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