The UKBF covers the Budo divisions of Karate, Judo, Jujutsu, Kobudo, Iaido and Aikido.
Although now independent, the UKBF began in 2005 as an official branch representative of Japan’s oldest Budo fraternity the Kokusai Budoin. With the blessing of the late chief director Shizuya Sato, UKBF (then known as IMAF GB) began with main Dojo in Scarborough, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Peterborough and Wigan. The UKBF held its first major Budo workshop in 2006 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of British Karate and the British Ju Jitsu Federation. At this first UKBF Budo course in Wigan, masters from Japan’s three oldest and most venerable organisations, the Kokusai Budoin, Dai Nippon Butokukai and Seibukan taught.
In 2009 after becoming independent, the UKBF was given the mandate to award shogo (the teaching titles of Renshi, Kyoshi and Hanshi) by the national director of the Dai Nippon Butokukai, Japan’s oldest martial arts institution. The Dai Nippon director awarded the first Renshi titles to the technical directors of UKBF which acted as a governing body to national martial arts associations. UKBF disbanded in 2012 and director Simon Keegan simply kept it running in conjunction with his own club.
In 2017 and 2018 Budo Live was held and the United Kingdom Budo Federation was relaunched with its original principle of preserving the classical Japanese martial arts and a reorganised board of technical directors.