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American Butokukan translates as the American “Institute of Martial Virtue;” a modern, comprehensive, integrated program of instruction in traditional East-Asian martial arts. The training is both mental and physical. Mental aspects of training involve the development of self-discipline, self-confidence, tolerance, and understanding. Physical training encompasses aikido, karate, and related weapons.

Aikido is the Japanese martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba. After the Founder's passing in 1969, his son Kisshomaru Ueshiba was inaugurated as the second Aikido Doshu (Leader of the Way). At present, Moriteru Ueshiba, grandson of the Founder, has succeeded his father as Aikido Doshu.

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The facts
The mission


Our mission is to help people improve themselves for the betterment of all.

We consider ourselves an inclusive system, and welcome experienced martial artists from all styles and backgrounds who wish to learn from us and share their knowledge. Of course, we focus most of our efforts on newcomers to the martial arts. Any of our branch schools are always open to visitors seeking to learn more about us. 


The History of the American Butokukan System. 

Our eclectic style is a result of the diverse martial backgrounds of its founder and senior instructors. The Butokukan's more than 50-year history begins with its founder Todd D. Jones, who in 1971 began his martial arts training under James Rene Diaz in Miami Beach, Florida. James Diaz, who rose to the rank of 4th Dan in MooDukKwan TaeKwonDo before his early death in 1983, was a senior student of Dr. Richard Chun, the first to teach TaeKwonDo in the USA.

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