Our beloved founder and original Grandmaster Mr. Chew Choo Soot.
This incredible man had the vision and determination to take a small family Karate Style and turn it into one of the leading clubs in the world. The following is the story of the birth and growth of our Karate Budokan International from it's early days in Malaysia to it's modern day presence in over a dozen countries.
The Karate Budokan International is a martial art institute of international repute, with, members and authorised instructors throughout the world. The organisation maintains a high standard in karate-Do and oriental weapons training among its members, and every effort is made to ensure that the members undergo a rigid test before being promoted to each higher rank.
The overall administration of the Karate Budokan International is under the authority of grandmaster Mr. Richard Chew, with delegation of authority and responsibilities to the International Chief Instructor and examiner of K.B.I. SHIHAN Mr. Wayne MacDonald. KBI Asia is under the control of Asia Chief Instructor Mr. B Parmesh.
The History of Karate-do
No doubt you are aware of the modern history of Karate & it's origins in
Okinawa. We have delved a little deeper and discovered an interesting history that dates back to approximately 500AD!
The system of martial arts we know, Karate is believed to have originated from
India where the biggest Karate club is now Karate Budokan International.
Tradition has revealed written evidence of bare handed fighting arts in a Buddhist scripture, Lotus Sutra indigenous to
It appears that an Indian monk named Bodhidharma introduced an early form of Karate at the shaolin temple in the Hunan
Northern China in around 520AD. According to legend, Bodhidharma travelled from
India and entered into the temple to teach the Shaolin monks Zen philosophy, but early in his instruction he found the monks to be inattentive and physically unfit. As a result, he introduced physical training known as 'shih pa lo han sho' or the 'eighteen hands of Lo-Han', reputed as the basis for Shaolin chuan fa (Kung Fu). from the Hunan province, chuan fa spread throughout China and was introduced to Okinawa centuries later through a tributary relationship between Okinawa and
A new name emerged ' Okinawa te' (
Okinawa hand), it would eventually become Karate (Chinese hand) and, finally Karate-do (the way of the empty hand).
There were originally three styles of Okinawa-te, named for the towns where they were located: Shuri-te, Naha-te & Tomari-te.
The most significant event, which affected the development of Karate, was the invasion of Okinawa by Lord Shimazu of the Satsuma clan of southern
Japan in 1609. Following the occupation, a number of ordinances were introduced, including a ban on all weapons and the practice of martial arts; this resulted in the three schools going underground. There is no such written history of this era as it remained secretive until Japanese feudalism was abolished in 1870. Kata was formulated prior to the abolishment as a moving dictionary of Okinawa-te, it was intended to appear as a dance form but actually consisted of disguised martial arts techniques that could be passed from generation to generation. Most historians believe that the secrecy remained until after 1900, when the first public demonstrations were given on Okinawa and following mainland
Gichin Funokoshi, an Okinawan schoolteacher is credited with giving the first demonstration in 1902. Funokoshi was then selected to give the first demonstration of Karate outside of Okinawa, this occurred in 1917 at Kyoto
Japan. In 1922 Gichin Funokoshi at the age of 53 was invited back to Japan for a second demonstration, Mr. Funokoshi remained on the mainland following this last demonstration and Karate was formally accepted in mainland Japan. In 1936 Funokoshi established a full time dojo in
Tokyo. Mr. Funokoshi had a pen name 'Shoto' which means waving pine. Funokoshi chose this name as he enjoyed the sound of the wind through the pine trees as he took evening walks in
Okinawa. As a sign of respect his students named the dojo the Shotokan, meaning 'Shoto's Club'. The style was never actually named by Funokoshi, but the name of the dojo became associated with the style itself.
Gichin Funokoshi believed that the aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in perfection of character. Training involves very little education on philosophy. Students are expected to learn the underlying philosophical principles through hard work and practice, by following the technical directions of the instructors, the examples of the senior students and applying themselves completely to each technique the Karate-ka will understand the technical and philosophical aspects of Karate-do.
So there you have it, from these mysterious times of feudal war the fastest growing Martial art in the world was formed. As you are about to discover Budokan was brought to life during the Second World War in
THE HISTORY OF KARATE BUDOKAN INTERNATIONAL
The following is a brief and interesting story about the founder of Karate
Budokan International and the origins of the style we practice today.
Mr. Chew Choo Soot was born on the 7th of February 1922.
At the age of 15 he became interested in and involved in weight lifting and fitness training. He became the Malaysian national weightlifting champion in 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942. He was introduced to the art of “Karate-Do” at the age of twenty during the Japanese occupation of
Malaya. Mr Chew made it on to the cover of a local publication and was contracted by a Japanese military officer to be his personal fitness coach. During one of the scheduled visits the young Mr Chew discovered the officer practicing movements, which we now know to be Kata, the styles practiced by the officer were Keishinkan and Shotokan. Mr chew was impressed and asked for tuition, the officer agreed. The founders of Karate Budokan International were Mr Chew, his sons Tony and Richard and daughter Angie, they studied a number of martial arts including chinese Kung fu, TaeKwonDo, and several styles of Karate-do including Shito-ryu, Shotokan and Keishinkan. Keishinkan is a minor style of the Shuri-te strain & is not widely known even in its country of birth. It comes from the line of Toyoma Sensei and the excellent qualities of its instructors are well known in Australia,
Malaysia & elsewhere. With the parting of Keishinkan in 1971 there has been no over riding influences on our style. There was a trend in the mid 1980’s in our Kata development towards the Shotokan style. It must be understood that Karate is an ever-evolving art & KBI is no different in this respect. So from these humble beginnings in a neighbourhood Malaysian Dojo K B I was formed.
Sadly Mr Chew passed away on July 18th, 1997.
Our Grandmaster now is his son and heir Sensei Richard Chew and Shihan Wayne MacDonald is the International Chief instructor.
We have now reached the 40th year of Karate Budokan International.
It is time to reflect on our humble beginnings from where our first training centre was opened, occupying a small space on the 1st floor of a shop house in Petaaling Jaya, Malaysia on 17th July 1966.
Our Founder Late Mr. Chew Choo Shoot, was persuaded by his friends to teach them karate so as to enable them to defend themselves in time of need. They found a suitable premise in Petaling Jaya for the purpose, and Mr. Chew Choo Soot felt obligated to start a karate class since his friends had gone to such an extent as to prepare a place for the dojo. The first course offered to the public was a “Karate Jodo Self-Defence” 3-Months Course, which would enable a student to defend himself under normal circumstances.
In two months time the membership grew from twelve enthusiastic students to more than three hundred and it was impossible for Mr. Chew to find sufficient time to train them, although he was assisted by his son Mr. Tony Chew. He then employed from Japan two Japanese instructors Mr. T. Yoneda and Mr. T. Ishikawa of the Shitoryu style from Osaka, to assist him to conduct the classes, as they could not stay in Malaysia for more than a few months the problem of getting replacements was very acute, as the more senior members in Malaysia were still too new to become even assistant instructors. In the meantime membership in the K.B.I. continued to grow by leaps and bounds.
With Mr. Tony Chew and one employed Phillipino instructor to carry on with the classes in Kuala Lumpur, Mr. Chew then went to Tokyo and selected a new group of four Japanese instructors from
Japan to build up the strength of the panel of instructors. in 1968 when K.B.I. opened the gates of it’s first headquarters building at the Loke Yew Road, Kuala Lumpur, we were having four Japanese instructors, one Phillipino instructor and two Hong Kong Kung-fu instructors to assist Mr. Chew Choo Soot to handle a membership of more than 6000 in most of the major towns in Peninsular Malaysia. By then Tony Chew had already left for
Australia for higher education. Besides Karate, the members, who held the rank of fourth Kyu and above, were also taught oriental Wushu weapons.
The first official headquarters building of K.B.I. at the Lote Yew road,
Kuala Lumpur, was declared open on 26th May, 1968 by the honorable Encik Mohd. Khir Jhohiri who was then the minister of Education of Malaysia. We then had a couple of years of rapid progress until November 1970, when the Japanese instructors had completed their term of employment and returned to
Tokyo. By then K.B.I. was celebrating its fourth anniversary and many young black belt instructors in
Malaysia has been trained by Mr. Chew Choo Soot to take over the classes from the foreign instructors. The young instructors were ready for the challenge ahead. With continuous training from Mr. Chew and other foreign visiting instructors brought in by him from time to time the local instructors improved steadily.
Mr Chews two sons Tony and Richard migrated to
Australia in 1968 and K B I schools soon developed all over the country. K B I is regarded as one of the strongest Karate styles in Australia, KBI has had members represent most states of
KBI has also had over 30 members represent
Australia at International competitions.
Our Grandmaster was a member of the Australian Team in 1980 and 1982.
Shihan Wayne MacDonald has represented Australia at 9 International events including 3 WKF World Championships in Sydney, Australia in 1986, Cairo, Egypt in 1988 and more recently in
Madrid, Spain in 2002.
Shihan has also been an Australian coach since 2003.
Karate Budokan International was a founding member of the Australian Karate Federation and has been a member of the World Karate Federation since the 1970’s.
Shihan’s Dojo in
Noosa Heads, Australia is now the International Headquarters of Karate Budokan International.
Many visiting world leaders of traditional and sport Karate hold regular seminars in Noosa.
India can rightly claim to have the largest K.B.I. membership in the world. More than 300,000 had received their training from more than 600 K.B.I. authorised instructors and assistant instructors in India it is, therefore, an undisputed fact that the Karate Budokan International is the largest and most active karate organisation in
India and possibly in the World.
Just like any other large organisations in the world there are bound to be a few “rotten apples” in the barrel. A handful of instructors were misusing their position to cheat the members and public by issuing their own Black belt and Kyu-grade certificates, which were not worth the paper on which they were printed. Incidents of such nature were discovered in Bombay, Trichy, Mangalore,
Bangalore, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. In order to satisfy their own greed some instructors left the K.B.I. and used the names of other styles to operate their
Dojos and issue their own grade certificates without caring for the proper standard of the members. Such instructors have been expelled from the K.B.I. in order that the high standard will be maintained and the good name of our organisation will be preserved. You can remain informed of any disciplinary action (expulsion, suspension or under review status) taken against former or current KBI Instructors on the Quality control page of this website.
In 1972 Mr. E.R. Jacob, who was then the President of the Ceylon Karate Association, invited Mr. Chew to Colombo and requested him to help the Association in the first ever karate-championships to be held in Sri Lanka by acting as the Referee and to teach the Instructors there to be judges. Although the standard displayed was rather poor the 1972 Ceylon Karate Championships held at
Colombo on the 15th of July, 1972, met with tremendous enthusiasm from the contestants and an audience of 5,000 people.
Today under Mr. Sarathsiri Desilva,
Sri Lanka is able to boast of extremely high standard in karate, with “Budokan” leading in the size of membership, quality in organisation and standard of performance.