Budokan

Budokan, OutsideBudokan (centres for traditional Japanese sports), can be found in almost all prefectures in Japan. Usually, they are dedicated facilities for budo practices, which are often combined with a Western sports complex, and located in parkland or a landscaped setting.

In terms of profile and as sports, competition is important, and the larger training areas are designed to accommodate major competitive events.

BudokanFacilities focus around the main traditional budo practices (now ranked in importance by popularity) which are judo, kendo and kyudo. The kyudojo (archery hall) is specific for kyudo, but the other budo halls can accommodate, karate-do, shorinji kempo, naginata, and kobudo. There is often a dedicated space (doyou) for amateur sumo.

Japan Arena Budokan

In Britain, the budo practices have independent histories and development. Some such as judo have been considered as a western sport for some time, and for some seems no longer to have a cultural relationship to Japan. However, all budo practices, even the most recently created, do have the same origins and values. Bringing together all the budo practices in Britain under one roof would help in creating this integrity and keeping their authentic character.

While cultural character and identify is important for the value of budo practices, those that also have a competitive base do need a centre where competition of an international level can be held and keep that connection to the world of western competitive sport. The Japan Arena Budokan would have this as a prime objective.

Kyudojo - Practice Hall and Range for Kyudo

Kyudo is an essential part of any budokan, both for historical reasons, as a part of budo, and for its unique character.

The kyudojo, which has a standard range of 28 metres, can be an indoor arrangement, or follow the traditional form where the balance of the "inside" to "outside" is expressed.

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