The Budokon Academy Program is available in limited cities world wide. This program is run by a local Budokon Director teaching the Budokon Belt System curriculum at the local level in weekly classes. It is different from the Budokon®University program which is held for 3 day periods (similar to a weekend retreat) in select cities world wide. Please see our current and updated list below for a Budokon®Academy near you.
WHO ATTENDS: People from all walks of life have taken the Budokon®MMA training: driven, educated, successful, ranging in age from young teen to senior citizen. There is no level of experience in yoga or martial arts required as we teach students at all levels our unique system from the ground up. An intermediate level of physical fitness is required.
WHERE: The Budokon®Academy training is typically held in Yoga or Martial Arts schools, health & wellness facilities.
COST: Tuition varies based on geographical location and currency. The average price in the US is between $120 and $170 per month.
REGISTRATION: To see if there is a Budokon®Academy in your area find a local director: click here.
The Budokon MMA (mixed martial arts) program is a course that teaches the Budokon integrated living model through our unique combination of martial, yogic, and living arts to anyone inspired by personal growth. We focus on 6 areas of personal development: Thought, Emotion, Relationship, Nutrition, Environment, and Movement. This program is an integral model involving 200 hours of life coaching, physical practice, and self study for each belt rank achieved. The belt ranking is modeled after the Japanese classic martial arts systems with student beginning at level one, white belt, and advancing through the system until finally achieving a black belt. The Budokon system has six belts: White, Red, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. Each belt requires a minimum of 200 hours which is achieved by training at a local academy or through the Budokon University Weekend model. In this case the student will attend 4 separate three day weekend phases. Training phases can be spread out over 6-24 months for each belt. It takes the typical student 3-12 months to achieve one belt. The black belt is typically achieved over a 5-7 year span. In the Budokon local Academy model the student will study under a local Budokon Sensei and only be required to attend Budokon University Weekends for testing.
WHAT ROLES DO THE MARTIAL AND YOGIC ARTS PLAY?
We use the martial arts in the developmental areas of emotion and movement. Along with the ability to defend oneself, Martial arts brings to the surface many underdeveloped areas in the student from physical weakness to unresolved emotional fears. There are numerous philosophical martial arts principles applied and taught in regard to self awareness, leadership, and service that apply to all areas of development.
The yogic work is used both physically and philosophically as a way to identify and heal emotional and physical injuries. We teach primarily yoga posture (Hatha Yoga) with no emphasis on yoga as an expression of religious theology. We ultimately use the yogic and martial arts as a way to measure the students physical and emotional growth throughout the course. Each system serves to elevate the student to peak physical and mental condition as well as teaching practical self defense.
UNDERSTANDING THE BUDOKON PHYSICAL PRACTICE
The Budokon physical practice is a set series of movements with six belted levels combining Yoga postures, Martial arts techniques, and animal locomotion therapy. Just as Ashtanga Yoga has a primary series and Karate has katas, Budokon has its own unique set series. Our University Weekends, Academy trainings, and workshops are focused on teaching these set series.
OUR MARTIAL ARTS CURRICULUM
The Budokon®Martial Arts curriculum consists of a combination of our signiture standing and grappling techniques all drawn from the Japanese fighting arts.
OUR LIVING ARTS CURRICULUM
The Budokon®Living Arts curriculum is focused on areas outside of physical movement such as communication, emotions, environment, and nutrition. In this part of the curriculum we look deeply at the experiences that form our beliefs and the beliefs that form our actions. We explore why we say what we say and do what we do. Each student shares personal stories and participates in a therapeutic group environment. This builds a sense of camaraderie among the students as they learn that they are not alone in their pain and can learn from the pain of others.
OUR YOGA CURRICULUM
The Budokon®Yoga curriculum is influenced by intelligent alignment principles, the freedom of creative sequencing cultivated in Vinyasa Yoga, and the circular nature of Martial Arts. The Budokon Yoga system can be summed up in one sentence: Budokon Yoga is the art of seamless transition coupled with the beauty of circular rotation. Within our hatha yoga practice we explore the the living arts curriculum. This body of work is focused on areas outside of physical movement such as communication, emotions, environment, and nutrition.
Budokon is an integral approach to the study of the universe and our relationship within it through the study of the Yogic, Martial, and Living arts. Similar to the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga or Kung Fu, Budokon has its own six pillar system which makes a body of science and philosophy used as a moral code to provide a practical means of realizing the highest ideals in daily living. Rather than separating different areas of human knowledge Budokon integrates them together. Budokon studies the tree of life as a whole rather than limiting itself to one branch. This tree is a great organization of diverse elements yoked together by the unifying natural law. Budokon seeks to understand this law and teach its principles.
The Aim of Budokon is to expand the awareness of individual consciousness and thereby expand the awareness of the collective consciousness. To accomplish this intention we need to audit our minds seeking out limiting beliefs that cause us to suffer in every area of our lives. In order to do this we must have a methodology. Budokon provides a specific life coaching method by teaching us to identify the fears of survival residing in our animal natures and transcend those fears towards our evolved self. Obstacles such as ignorance, intolerance, attachment, and selfishness are overcome by means of the Budokon practices. Budokon thus cultivates an ongoing zen state or single mindedness that helps us to free the mind from limitations.
The universe is a product of opposing forces: The static principle (yin, rest, Shiva, yogic asana) and the dynamic principle (yang, movement, Shakti, Martial technique). The external part of all energetic beings is the dynamic and the internal is the static. In a dynamic state energy becomes unorganized and distorted and only in the static state of rest can the energy reorganize itself. Energy undergoes many changes, gets distorted and then reorganizes itself during the period of rest. Thus a process of creation, preservation and deconstruction, reorganization and re-creation continues forever. Budokon believes that this universal truth exists in the physical world and applies to all energetic beings.
Budokon recognizes that desire is the motivating force behind these opposing forces. Many other spiritual sciences teach the renunciation of desire. They attempt to overcome desire through asceticism (abstinence from worldly pleasures). One is then left with the paradox that to achieve a state of non desire, one must have a strong desire to be without desire. Budokon asserts that desires are natural and as long as we are in the physical body we will have them. Therefore, it is the goal of Budokon to teach right action with desire rather the renunciation of it.
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