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Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (DNBK) (Kyūjitai: 大日本武德會; Shinjitai: 大日本武徳会 Greater Japan Martial Virtue Society?) was established in 1895 in Kyoto, Japan, under the authority of the Ministry of Education and sanction of the Emperor Meiji.[citation needed] Its purpose, at that time, was to standardize martial disciplines and systems throughout Japan.[1] This was the first official martial arts organization sanctioned by the government of Japan. It stressed the martial virtues of samurai warriors and incomparable historical excellence in martial disciplines.[2]

In 1946, after the end of World War II, the Supreme Commander of Allied Powers issued a directive to dissolve all military-related organizations, and the DNBK was broken up.[citation needed] In 1952, the Japanese government founded the Kokusai Budoin (International Martial Arts Federation, IMAF) as the civil successor-organization of the DNBK.[citation needed] In 1953, the present Dai Nippon Butoku Kai was reestablished with a new charter and the new philosophical vision,[3] but not with an official assignment like in pre-World War II days. The DNBK aims to improve international understanding and world peace through promotion of martial arts training, education and service.

The DNBK's Virginia (USA) division was founded in 1972, and subsequently the USA division was established in 1985.[citation needed] In 1992, the DNBK's International Division Headquarters was established in Virginia, USA.[citation needed]

Martial disciplines

Disciplines which are officially approved and recognised by the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai include the following;

See also


  1. All Japan Kendo Federation, Japanese-English Dictionary of Kendo, Tokyo, Japan, 1 February, 2000. P 46

External links

fi:Dai Nippon Butokukai

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