Japanese Master Conducts Jukkendo-Judo Seminar in Cebu

Nori Bunasawa Sensei conducted the 1st Philippine Jukkendo-Judo Seminar - Cebu Leg on October 11, 2017 at the Citi Gym, Waterfront-Cebu City Hotel and Casino in Lahug.

Nori Bunasawa Sensei (3rd from left, kneeling) is with the participants of the 1st Philippine Jukkendo-Judo Seminar - Cebu Leg on October 11, 2017 at the Citi Gym, Waterfront-Cebu City Hotel and Casino.* (Photo by Kirk Gooding)

The seminar was attended by 16 Judo and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioners from the Atos Team as well as some other guests and was also graced by Ramon “El Presidente” Fernandez, Commissioner, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Atty. Vicente Fernandez, Executive VP, Philippine Judo Federation (PJF), and Nimrod NL Quiñones of the Cebu Province Sports Commission.

The 68-year old Bunasawa Sensei was visiting his first and long time student Kirk Gooding, whom he promoted to 1st Dan Black Belt in Jukkendo at the conclusion of the seminar.

Bunasawa Sensei is a 9th Dan Red and White Belt Kodokan (2016), 10th Dan Jujitsu, and Founder of Jukkendo.

The training was the first seminar in the Philippines to officially introduce this new comprehensive system of martial art based on Kodokan Founder Jigoro Kano Sensei’s Goshinjutsu Judo (Self-Defense Art, Way of Gentleness) and “Conde Koma” Mitsuyo Maeda’s pro-fighting MMA style of Judo /Jujitsu. Bunasawa Sensei, who has a background in Boxing, Karate, and Kempo, blended both grappling (nage-waza and katame-waza) (70%) with atemi-waza (body-striking techniques) (30%) to put together JUKKENDO.

Bunasawa Sensei, the Head Instructor of Bunasawa-kai, is a former Japanese Judo champion and several times international Judo champion. He was a US World Team coach (1975) and Japanese World (1969)/Olympic team member. He had studied under Yoshimi Osawa, 10th Dan Kodokan Judo, the only remaining living judan in Judo; Masahiko Kimura 7th Dan, All Japan Judo champion and Pro-Judo/Jujitsu fighter known for having defeated Helio Gracie by use of the “Kimura” lock; Kenji Tomiki, Founder of Tomiki Aikido; and Hiroshi Jono, Founder of Goshindo.

Bunasawa Sensei is the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of the Judo/Jiu-Jitsu/Pro-Fighting Journal and the author of numerous books including the story of Mitsuyo Maeda, The Toughest Man Who Ever Lived.

Eskrimador Celestino “Tinni” Macachor of the Eskrima De Campo JDC-IO system, the renowned Co-Author of the book Eskrima Beyond the Myth (2007) with Dr. Ned R. Nepangue, helped Gooding, himself an accomplished judoka, boxer, eskrimador, and knife specialist, organize the Cebu seminar.* (James U. Sy, Jr.)