Welcome To The Bukonkai Website

Jeff Bishop receiving a KNBK pioneer award from Carl Long Hanshi


Bukonkai is a Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu study group (Kenkyukai) and Aikido Club. Based in the Rhondda Valleys, South Wales, UK, we study the Iaijutsu (sword drawing), kumitachi (partner exercises) and suemongiri (target cutting) of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, a koryu (traditional school) of Japanese swordsmanship which has an unbroken liniage dating back 450 years. Our kenkyukai was sanctioned by Carl Long Hanshi, 22nd Shihan of the Masaoka line of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, and chairman of the Kokosai Nippon Budo Kai (KNBK).


We are also an Aikido dojo of the Aikikai traditition, a martial art which redirects the energy of an opponents attack with a wide range of techniques. Aikido studies involve using the empty hand, the japanese sword and Japanese short staff, and is studied at Bukonkai under the sanction of the Shin-gi-tai Aikido Society and the Dai Nippon Budo Kai (DNBK).


Our Dojo is led by Jeff Bishop, Godan Dan Renshi Aikido, who began his martial arts training with judo and karate in the early 70's. His exploration of martial arts led him to aikido In 1983, in which he found a strong affinity. Jeff continues training and teaching today with Bukonkai which he opened in 2011, after many years of training with some of the best Aikido teachers in the UK as well as Japan. Jeff began training in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu after meeting Carl Long Hanshi in 2011. Since then he has attended seminars led by Hanshi Long in the UK, Europe and the USA, and has demonstrated iai with the KNBK at the World Butokusai in Japan. Jeff currently holds a Nidan rank in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu.


Here on our website you can find out about studying Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu and Aikido, and take a look at the philosophy of both arts and thier relevance in our modern times. If you then feel either art may be what your looking for, and you may be interested in training with us, please visit our contact page for information on how to find us, and how to get in touch. Iaijutsu and Aikido can be studied seperately or together, and have many benifits to offer us in our everyday lives.


Thanks for visiting, hope to see you soon.