Champions Bushido

Houston Nationals Karate

About Bushido Kai

Bushido Kai is a Karate Jutsu martial art. It is a Japanese style karate that requires weapons, forms, sparring, and self-defense.

The Bushido Kai system includes kata, one-step sparring, self-defense, hand and foot techniques, weapons, free sparring, tournament point sparring, ground fighting, breaking of boards and bricks, multiple attack defense, meditation, and aerobic workouts. Training includes endurance drills, open-hand forms, tournament katas, and creative musical weapons.

Bushido Kai is a classical art. We strive to keep high quality standards, thus ensuring that we can maintain true and correct techniques that have been passed down from the ancient masters.

Bushido Kai is taught in a logical process. It starts with the most basic concepts and works into the more advanced principles. All of the techniques are taught directly from beginner, intermediate, advanced, and black belt books written by Johnnie Murphy. These books formalize your training and aid in your knowledge of karate. These books contain important information and pictures about the scientific approach we take in the training, breathing, movement, flexibility, and physical fitness of the student. These books and other materials are available upon request. The information will aid and follow you in the pursuit of excellence for the rest of your life.

The art form that we teach was the first Japanese karate to be brought to this country. Mas Oyama brought karate to American in the late 1940s, originally as a demonstration art form and traveled around the USA demonstrating breaking, sparring, and other amazing martial arts feats. Mas was best known as the master who knocked out a full-grown bull and then broke off its horn. This demonstration was done on TV and created a vast wave of interest in karate in this country. Later on, Thai Kick boxers who were not defeated challenged the Japanese to a fight. Mas Oyama was the only one to respond and sent his students to Thailand where they promptly defeated the Thai team in one of the toughest and greatest series of matches ever seen.

Bushido Kai is basically a Kokushinkai style. However, due to legal reasons that are associated with the economics of the name, many here in America had to change the name of what they were teaching.

James Radcliff II was the head of Bekoku Bushido Kai, with its main school located in Colonial Heights, Virginia. Radcliff died of cancer in 1999. Upon his death, Johnnie Murphy became one of the most senior practicing students alive today. Johnnie was taught by Hulon Willis, who was taught by Mas Oyama, who was taught by Gechin Funikoshi and Chojin Yamagochi.

Johnnie Murphy founded Bushido Kai as it exists today. It is a full range art form teaching solid and reliable information and training skills. Bushido Kai is a living art form and current state of advancement is passed on to you through Johnnie Murphy’s many years of training, victories in trial by combat during competition and many thousands of hours of perfecting skill and contemplation on its best study.