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Budokan (武道館 Budōkan ) is a style of karate recognized by the World Union Karate Do Organization and the World Karate Federation. Karate Budokan International was founded on July 17, 1966 by Chew Choo Soot in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia and grew to expand throughout the world.
Mr. Chew Choo Soot was born in Alor Star, a Northern State of Peninsula, Malaysia, on February 7, 1922. As an infant, he lost his father and was brought up under the strict discipline of his grand father, an elderly Confucius scholar of the old school of China, who believed in education through books and not in martial arts.
At 15 years of age, Mr. Chew Choo Soot became very interested in weight lifting and enrolled for training at a small body building club in Epoh. Due to his dedication and training, he became the national Malaysian weight lifting champion in both the feather weight and the light weight classes in 1939, 1941 and 1942. During those years he also acquired an interest in martial arts and took up judo, jujitsu and wrestling.
It was not until he was 20 that Mr. Chew was introduced to Karate-Do, during the Japanese occupation of Malaya. He was then contracted by a Japanese military officer, who had seen him in health and strength magazines, to become a personal fitness and weight lifting coach. During one of his scheduled visits, the young Mr. Chew discovered the officer practicing movements which we now know to be ‘Kata’. The styles of karate practiced by the officer were Keishinkan and Shotokan. Mr. Chew was impressed and asked for tuition, which the officer agreed to. For more than 2 years afterwards, they spent the evenings training together in karate, jujitsu, judo and weight lifting until the Japanese Army officer left for Okinawa in 1945.
After the end of the Second World War, Mr. Chew went to Japan and Okinawa to further his karate training, as well as several trips to Taiwan to learn kung-fu and oriental weapons from a number of old kung-fu Masters of China.
In 1966 at the request of his friends, Mr. Chew then decided to start a dojo at Petaling Jaya with a small number of students and Karate Budokan International was first founded as a lesser organisation. There was a large amount of interest shown by people who wanted to learn karate, which became so great that he found it impossible to cope with the classes without seeking assistant instructors. As there were no other karate instructors in Malaysia, he then made two further trips to Tokyo and Osaka and employed 7 Japanese instructors to assist him to conduct the karate classes. These classes had then spread the art to the North and South of the Peninsula within 2 years.
Mr. Chew's ambition was to be able to travel to different countries and conduct karate classes when he reached the age of 80. Unfortunately, he fell ill by a paralytic attack on 4th February 1995 and died, in Malaysia, on 18th July 1997 at the age of 76 years.
- Karate Budokan International
- Hawkesbury Martial Arts
- Karate World
- Karate Budokan International UK
- Karate Budokan International India
- World Union Karate Do Organization
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