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.

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Latest News & Events

Aug 10th, 2019
Dan gradings in Batley

The United Kingdom Budo Federation (UKBF) has awarded the grade of 7th Dan Shotokan Karate to Keith Prole Sensei. Keith began his martial arts training at the famous Leeds Budokan

Jul 17th, 2019
Budo Live September 22

The biggest event of the traditional martial arts calendar takes place on September 22 sanctioned by the UKBF. Budo Live returns: