Our criteria is that you must be trained and graded in a recognised Japanese (or Okinawan) system of one of the main Budo styles.

The UKBF has technical directors, technical advisors and members in each of the below divisions.


Aikido was founded by master Morihei Ueshiba based on his training in styles such as Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu. Aikido is characterised by its circular motions, harmonious movements, throws and wrist and arm controls.

Iaido & Batto

Iaido is the name given to the drawing and cutting practice of the Japanese longsword and is related to the arts of Kendo and Kenjutsu.


Judo is one of the few martial arts to be a well established Olympic sport and it is one of the most popular martial arts in the world.


Jujutsu (also Jiu Jitsu, Jujitsu) describes the mostly unarmed fighting arts of Japan.  The Samurai practised Jujutsu as part of their repertoire alongside martial arts like Kenjutsu (swordsmanship) and Kyudo (archery).


Karate is the name given to the mostly unarmed fighting arts of Okinawa. Karate is split into sub regions of Okinawa, namely Shuri Te, Naha Te and Tomari Te.


Kobudo is the name given to Okinawa's weapons styles. The most popular Okinawan weapons include Nunchaku (flails), Bo (staff), Kama (sickle), Tonfa (side-handled baton) and Sai (hand held trident) and other more rare forms include shields, oars, knuckle dusters and spears.

Apply today as an individual or a club!


Latest News & Events

Jan 25th, 2021
Interview with Sue King 7th Dan

Interview With Sue King (7th Dan Shihan) UKBF Regional Officer for the Liverpool City Region. Sue is one of the senior female Jujutsu teachers in the country and an ordained

Oct 10th, 2020
Karate History Part 4

The following history is adapted from the book Karate Jutsu by UKBF director Simon Keegan. In part 1  we looked at early indigenous martial arts of the Ryukyu, discussing weapons and armour used on