Australian team at the Butokuden in Kyoto 2016

What can the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai do for me?


Become recognised and certified by the most respected martial arts organisation in Japan.
DNBK certifies the following Japanese arts:

Aikido, Aikijujutsu, Battojutsu, Jodo, Judo, Jujutsu, Jukendo, Karatedo, Kendo, Kobudo, Kyudo, Iaido, Naginatado, Okinawa Kobudo/Kobujutsu, Shizanjutsu, Sojutsu, and other recognized traditional Bujutsu of Japan 

Dai Nippon Butoku Kai has permission to issue honorific Samurai titles

  • Hanshi – Illustrious Samurai
  • Kyoshi – Master teacher Samurai
  • Renshi – Polished Samurai

Special Events

Dai Nippon Butoku Kai holds regular events open to “International Division” members. Events like:

World Butoku Sai

Members from around the world converge at the Butokuden in Kyoto for a one-week event. The Butokuden is the historical and spiritual home of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai where the amazing masters of all Japanese martial arts demonstrated their skill. The blood, sweat, and tears of millions of martial artists are soaked into the floor and pillars of this majestic building. These events usually include seminars by DNBK Honbu Sensei, demonstrations by Japanese and International members, testing for certifications/titles, and visits to sacred shrines.

International Rensei Taikai

Members from around the world converge on a host city for a 2 or 3-day event. The event usually includes seminars by Japanese and International Sensei, demonstrations by attending members, and testing for certifications/titles.

Shibu (local branch) Rensei Taikai

Members and non-members from a country or region get together for a 1 or 2-day event. This is a great opportunity for local members to meet other DNBK members from their region. And prospective members get a glimpse of the DNBK ID to see if suits their needs. It also allows DNBK ID officials the opportunity to meet new prospective membership candidates. This event can include seminars, demonstrations, and testing for certification/titles. 

Who can join the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai International Division?

The Dai Nippon Butoku Kai International Division (DNBK ID) strives to ensure the quality and standard of membership remain quite high. To achieve this membership is only open by invitation and recommendation from existing members. The criteria for membership is “Butoku” – Martial Virtue and excellent martial ability. I am reminded of something the President of DNBK said, “Techniques can easily be learned, but your behaviour is more difficult to change.” 

DNBK ID is an organisation that enlists membership from other organisations/dojos/schools. It does not seek membership from umbrella organisations or individuals. That way DNBK ID operates like a usual martial art organisation. For example, if Honbu needs to contact a member or members of a dojo, DNBK ID will notify the Country Representative who will then contact the Dojo leader who talks to the member(s). That way DNBK ID can reasonably manage an organisation with thousands of members. Dealing with individual members would be a logistical nightmare.

“If an individual wants to become a member then they should talk to their dojo Sensei.”

How can I join the Dai Nippon Butuku Kai International Division?

To join the DNBK ID you need to be recommended by a current member. If you do not know any DNBK ID members, then an excellent option is to attend an “Australian Shibu Rensei Taikai”. This will give you a good introduction to DNBK ID, its values, its members, and what DNBK can do for you. You can also contact Hanshi Kevin Walsh via the contact form on this website. Our goal is to hold a Shibu Rensei Taikai each year around the same time as an introduction for prospective DNBK ID members.

Who is the Australian DNBK International Division Representative?

DNBK Australian branch badge

Hanshi Kevin Walsh is the Australian representative for the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai International Division (DNBK ID). He began his martial arts journey in 1970 and joined DNBK ID in 2004. He attended his first DNBK International Rensei Taikai in Portugal in 2005. During Hanshi’s time at DNBK ID, he has attended DNBK ID events in Portugal, Belgium, France, England, and Japan. He was appointed Australian Coordinator in 2008 and later became the Australian Representative. Hanshi is also an appointed DNBK ID Kenshoin (Chief Advisor) for Jujutsu.

Hanshi has been to Japan many times attending elite Jujutsu seminars and World Butoku Sai events. Along with Kyoshi Leanne Walsh, they run the Craigieburn Martial Arts Centre (Rishin Kan), head the organisation Idokan Australia, and organise the “Fight for Life” fundraising event that has raised money for cancer research since 2010.


What is the history of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai?

Please read the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai history on the DNBK Official website. Please click here!