Which martial arts are originally from Japan?

Japanese martial arts

IMAF-Kokusai Budoin: Under the auspices of the Japanese Imperial Family.
In Freiburg-Zähringen there is a center of this Japanese martial art.

An old, noble Japanese samurai tradition is also continued in Freiburg. Hans-Dieter Rauscher heads the traditional martial arts academy Asia Sports Center Samurai in Zähringen. This is the center of the IMAF-Kokusai-Budoin, the oldest Japanese Budo world umbrella organization.

Hans-Dieter Rauscher is not only the director and head trainer of the martial arts academy he founded, he is the founder of karate in Freiburg. Together with others he also founded the first German karate professional association. Hans-Dieter Rauscher received his training in Japan from great masters of karate art.
He received a very high distinction and honor in 2012: he was the first European ever to receive the highest Japanese karate license from the IMAF center in Tokyo. IMAF stands for International Martial Arts Federation, i.e. the international association for martial arts.
The Japanese martial art Budo differs from pure leisure martial arts. Originally this technique was developed for soldiers in armed and unarmed combat. The Japanese word Budo means something like "martial arts path" and is the generic term for all Japanese martial arts. The highest precision and sophisticated technology were decisive, and lifelong training was necessary. Today the goal is, how do I practice this martial art without killing or injuring my counterpart. The effects of such training go far beyond the purely physical developments and can influence an entire lifestyle.
Because from this doctrine it has always been not only about the outer, but also about the inner survival. There are very few organizations in Japan that are entitled to award individuals a title such as Hans-Dieter Rauscher received in recognition of special achievements in Budo. The awarding of the title is not just about an award for one's own martial art as such, but also an appreciation of the understanding and conscious life of the Japanese art of Budo. Before the Second World War, budo was organized and coordinated throughout Japan through a specific organization that was responsible for awarding the title on behalf of the Japanese imperial family. There are different titles, such as Renshi, Kyoshi, Hanshi and Meijin, plus the different belts, the Dan, which can be acquired according to one's own ability. In order to qualify for the 6th Dan in Japan, one must have been an apprentice to an excellent teacher for many years. In order to achieve the 7th Dan, more than ten years of lessons with a famous teacher are indispensable. In addition, it is important to be able to prove outstanding personal contributions to Budo. The number of those who have a 6th dan or higher is low.
After the Second World War, the Japanese martial arts were initially banned completely by the victorious powers and the associations dissolved. Only after this ban was gradually loosened, a new umbrella organization was founded, the IMAF-Kokusai Budoin, which was authorized by the Japanese emperor in 1952 to award titles again in the individual dispiplines. If every now and then non-Japanese organizations award such a title, it has no official character and is not recognized in Japan and by real Budo experts.

Barbara Broadspeaker

The last shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu

Tokugawa Yasuhisa is today the head of the Tokugawa dynasty, his great-grandfather Tokugawa Yoshinobu was the last Japanese shogun. This dynasty formed the heads of government of Japan (1603–1868) with the shoguns for almost 300 years. One of his ancestors is Tokugawa Ieyasu, who unified the Japanese Empire in the 17th century. Tokugawa Yasuhisa has been President of IMAF-Kokusai Budoin since 2000.



Shihan Hans-D. Rauscher
8. Dan Karate-Do, Hanshi
IMAF-Kokusai Budoin Branch
Director Germany, Chairman Europe.
Together with Jürgen Seydel, Hans-Dieter Rauscher was the founder of the 1st German Karate Association, the German Karate Association (DKB), as well as the long-time captain of the 1st German national karate team.

He was a trainer of special units of the GSG9 and of SEK special forces as well as trainer of the first
Mobile commandos MEK in

As the first and so far only European, he and the famous American karate pioneer Dan Ivan received the Hanshi title for Karate-Do from the Budo World Headquarters in Tokyo in 2002.

IMAF Representative Director
Germany Hans-Dieter Rauscher, head of the German IMAF-Honbu-Dojo Martial Arts Academy
Asia Sports Center Samurai
Freiburg, Karlsruher Strasse 52

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