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Kudo Daido Juku

What is Kudo?

Kudo Daido Juku is a martial art created by Azuma Takashi in 1981.

Kudo is a sytle which has various techniques from muay thai, boxing, jujutsu, sambo, submission wrestling and other martial arts.

One of the purposes of martial arts, especially "Budo" is to train the mind and body to become strong and utilize that strength for the improvement of our community.

Also it is a useful method of cultivating the youth who will contribute to the society through the tough times and events in their life.  "ku" means three important philosophical concepts.

1. Mujou kann (mujou kan) A view of life as something transient and empty. In other words, anything that has a shape be crushed or changed in its form someday.(Therefore it is no good for us to attached or obsessed by things.)

2. Sougo izonn (sougo izonn) Interdependancy. All things exist only because they depend on each other.( Therefore one should not be Self-righteousness, or self-conceited.)

3. Huhenn Hutou (huhenn hutou) open mind, impartiality, liberalism. We can gain all things if we try to do so earnestly, but in order to be free, we should never persist with them, even day by day affaires, separating ourselves from prejudice, bias and so on.

This perspective may be expressed "Open-Mindism" (Grand master Azuma's Original term) But It never means the way of "Self-centred" , "egoistical" but "Open mind with generous", "humble heart in robust belief" . The word "do" in Kudo means "a way of life".

So for those who think the word "Kudo" as a motto of our life, all these three concepts have a heavy, a deep meaning with us. That is to say, if we meet any kind of difficulties we must face them positively and never evade without challenge.

Kudo rules and HANSOKU (FOUL)

The KUDO rules

The KUDO rules overview Victory or defeat is decided by any direct attack using "

·        Punch

·        Kick

·        Elbow

·        Head-butt

·        Throw

Face protector (Neo headgear KU) must be worn and techniques are to be executed with bare hands and feet. Also ground techniques such as strangle and joint techniques are allowed to take give up.

Grabbing and swinging an opponent and punching, elbowing, head-butting or kicking an opponent with holding "KUDO-GI" are allowed for up to 10 Seconds.

But the allowed techniques are limited when there is a difference of over 20 Physical Index (height in cm + weight in kg) within the competitors.

·        Attack using elbow and head-butt are allowed.

·        Tackle and throwing are allowed.

·        Ground techniques are allowed twice during every 3 minutes of the original match, extension or re-extension for a maximum of 30 seconds each time.


To establish a standard of safety, the following shall be considered as "HANSOKU (FOUL)".

·        First HANSOKU (HANSOKU-1 (ichi) is a warning and does not result in a loss point. But if both competitors can not get any point until the end of the match, a competitor who has not HANSOKU will win.

·        Second times HANSOKU(HANSOKU-2 (ni) result in opponent's KOHKA point.

·        Third times HANSOKU(HANSOKU-3 (san) result in opponent's YUKOU point.

·        The competitor who commits 4(yon) times HANSOKUs result in SHIKKAKU(DISQUALIFICATION ) and opponent get WAZA-ARI point.

"HANSOKU- 4 (yon) " means "the fourth violating the rules" in Japanese. It becomes a loss on a foul from the DISQUALIFICATION.

History of Kudo Daido Juku

Kudo Daido Juku

Kudo Daido Juku was established in 1981 official by The Grand Master Takashi Azuma. Kudo was designed by Master Azuma to fully allow the multiple fighting styles to be used in one form. This in return maximise the abilities in an individual who then can defend him/herself in many styles and methods of self defence.

Grand Master Takashi Azuma established the Daido Juku World Headquarters (DWHQ) in 1981 aswell. With the establishment of Kudo Daido Juku as an officially recognized Budo martial art at the in 2001, the headquarters became known as Kudo International Federation World

Headquarters (KIFHQ) in Japan

Kudo International Federation Daido Juku has branches over 100 places in Japan and more than 40 countries all over the world and the number is growing.

The main reason for this is Kudo allows an individual to understand the benefits of using different fighting styles to its best ability.And it encourages to build confidence without arrogances for self defence purposes.

Principles of Kudo Daido juku

Through the pursuit of learning Kudo

To develop great physical and mental strength

To educate ourselves and to gain intelligence

Living generously and humanely among people

Improving our personalities

To become positive contributing members of society.

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Daido Juku

Daido Juku, also known as Daidojuku(大道塾) and Kudo(空道), is a martial arts organization founded in 1981 by Azuma Takashi. Azuma, originally a Kyokushin karate 1977 full contact karate champion, resigned from the Kyokushin organization to form Daidojuku in Sendai city, located in northern Honshū, Japan.


Daidojuku literally translated means "The Big Way". It incorporates techniques which were not present at that time in full contact karate styles. Azuma, being a third-degree black belt in Judo as well as a 4th-degree black belt in Kyokushin karate, recognized the potential for a hybrid martial art. These would not be restricted by the boundaries of a single style but would use techniques from various martial arts, namely, at the time of its creation in 1980, Judo and Karate. In the late 1980s and early 90s the style began to incorporate various techniques from muay thai, boxing, Jujutsu, sambo, submission wrestling, and other martial arts, fine tuning each technique for use within the Daidojuku style. One of the fundamental goals of Daidojuku being the creation of a versatile and realistic fighting style without compromising safety, Azuma created a style which incorporated various offensive as well as defensive techniques which includes punches to the head, elbow strikes, head butts, judo throws, jiu-jitsu jointlocks and other standup and ground fighting techniques.


In 1981, Daidojuku made its public debut at the 1981 Hokutoki Karate Championships, also known as Hokutoki. Originally known as Kakuto Karate Daidojuku or Combat Karate Daidojuku, the name of the style was changed to recognize its unique and unorthodox techniques as a mixed martial art. In 2001 at an official press conference held for Daidojuku, founder Azuma Takashi and president of Daidojuku, N.P.O., renamed the mixed martial art Budō to Kudo. This renaming allowed Kudo the opportunity of becoming an official Japanese Cultural Budō sport under the same category as Judo, Aikido and Kendo. Kudo and Daidojuku are worldwide copyrights and all of its instructors and branch chiefs are certified under the Kudo International Federation, also known as K.I.F.

Azuma currently holds an 8th degree black belt in Kyokushin Budokai, awarded by Shihan Jon Bluming and an 8th degree black belt in Daidojuku, awarded by the board of directors of Daidojuku.


Daido Juku competitors wear an official Kudo Gi gi (sleeves and body of the top gi, like a single-weave judogi, are created out of a single piece of cloth, unlike the traditional karate gi where the sleeves are sewn onto the body). This design of the Kudo gi makes it ideal for throwing and grappling techniques. Also required for competition are groin guard, mouth piece, official Kudo hand-wraps, official Kudo fist protectors and SuperSafe (official Kudo protective helmet). The fist protectors are MMA style gloves which cover the wrist, back of the hand and up to the 2nd joint of the knuckles. The SuperSafe head guard is a unique foam helmet developed by Hanshi Masayuki Hisataka for the Koshiki fighting system practiced by Shorinjiryu karateka to protect a fighter from facial injuries and head trauma. It is this helmet which allows the fighters in Daido Juku to punch and elbow the face, not allowed in more mainstream Kyokushin variants.

This helmet is known outside of Daido Juku circles jokingly as a "space helmet." On a funny note, Azuma Jukucho (founder and president of Daido Juku, also the creator of so called “space helmet”) has been quoted as saying in Japanese: “Call it whatever the hell you want, space helmet, aqua helmet, whatever…this is Kudo, this is Daido Juku.” (Jukucho laughs)

Famous Fighters

Minoki Ishihara, the karateka who fought Royce Gracie in UFC 2 had previously been a champion in Daido Juku Karate.
Semmy Schilt won Hokutoki Championship two times (open-weight division, 1996, 1997).
Yoshinori Nishi, who won Hokutoki Championship in 1984 and 1985 (open-weight division), competed in RINGS, and later founded Wajyutsu Keisyukai, an MMA school that produced Caol Uno and Akira Shoji among others.
Kenichi Osada, who has participated and won seven years.
Lee Hasdell, MMA pioneer from England who has fought in K-1, RINGS & Cage Rage.


「はみ出し空手」”Untamed Karate”, 1982
「格闘空手」”Combat Karate”, 1983
「格闘空手ゼミナール」”Combat Karate Seminar” published in 「空手道」monthly martial arts magazine, 1984
「格闘空手への道」”The Way toward Combat Karate”, 1984
「格闘空手II」”Combat Karate II”, 1986
「格闘空手への道」”The Way toward Combat Karate”, 1989 – Video release
「大道無紋」”Daido Mumon”, 1991
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