Welcome To The Bukonkai Website
Jeff Bishop receiving a KNBK pioneer award from Carl Long Hanshi
Bukonkai is a Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu study group (Kenkyukai) and Aikido Club. Based in the Rhondda Valleys, South Wales, UK, we study the Iaijutsu (sword drawing), kumitachi (partner exercises) and suemongiri (target cutting) of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, a koryu (traditional school) of Japanese swordsmanship which has an unbroken liniage dating back 450 years.
Our kenkyukai was sanctioned by Carl Long Hanshi, 22nd Shihan of the Masaoka line of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, and chairman of the Kokosai Nippon Budo Kai (KNBK). The KNBK was established in 2007 by Masayuki Shimabakuro Hanshi (21st Shihan) and is dedicated to the preservation and continuation of traditional Japanese budo (martial ways). We are proud to be able to help continue, and contribute to this cause by learning this great koryu under the overall guidance of Hanshi Long. For more information about the Kokosai Nippon Budo Kai, please access the links below.
Bukonkai is also an Aikido dojo of the Aikikai traditition. Aikido is a martial art which redirects the energy of an opponents attack with a wide range of techniques. Aikido studies involve using the empty hand, the japanese sword and Japanese short staff. Aikido is an incredibly rewarding budo, and is studied at Bukonkai under the sanction of the Shin-gi-tai Aikido Society and the Dai Nippon Budo Kai (DNBK), and more information about these organisations can also be found in the links below.
Our Dojo is led by Jeff Bishop, Godan Dan Renshi Aikido, who began his martial arts training with judo and karate in the early 70's. His exploration of martial arts led him to aikido In 1983, in which he found a strong affinity. Jeff continues training and teaching today with Bukonkai which he opened in 2011, after many years of training with some of the best Aikido teachers in the UK as well as Japan.
Jeff began training in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu after meeting Carl Long Hanshi in 2011. Since then he has attended seminars led by Hanshi Long in the UK, Europe and the USA, and has demonstrated iai with the KNBK at the World Butokusai in Japan. Jeff currently holds a Nidan rank in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu, and a Gondan rank and Renshi title in Aikido. For more information about Jeff Bishop, please see our contact page.
Here on our website you can find out about the history of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, from all the way back to the 16th century to the present day, take a look at the philosophy of the ryu which explains the relevance of studying Iaijutsu in modern times, and the curriculum which we study under the KNBK. There are also pages dedicated to Aikido, which details the arts philosophy and history, and also a page on the Aikido curriculum.
If you feel any of this is right for you, and you may be interested in training with us, please visit our contact page for information on how to find us, and how to get in touch. Iaijutsu and Aikido can be studied seperately or together, and have many benifits to offer us in our everyday lives.
Thanks for visiting, hope to see you soon.