History

The All Japan Martial Arts Federation (Zen Nippon Sogo Budo Renmei, or ZNSBR for short), was founded in 1952 by Suzuki Masafumi with support from the Imperial House. The Headquarters dojo is in Kyoto, Japan.


Masafumi Suzuki Kancho:

Suzuki Masafumi was a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Japanese budo. His knowledge was both broad and deep. The grades he held were reflective of this knowledge, and included: 10th dan in goju Ryu karate Do, 9th dan in Jujutsu (yawara style), 8th dan in kendo, 8th dan in iaido, and 5th dan in judo. Suzuki-hanshi’s teachers included such luminaries as Miyagi Chojun, Miyazato Ei’ichi, Shimabuku Tatsuo, and Toyama Kanken.


Upon the founding of the ZNSBR, it was common to have the opportunity to train with many notable teachers. At its opening, the ZNSBR was considered one of the world’s biggest budo academies. Within its walls were taught Okinawan Goju Ryu Karatedo, Okinawan kobudo, Kodokan Judo, Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu iaido, Kendo, Aikido, Ju jutsu, Naginata Do, and Jukendo.

After Suzuki Sensei passed away in 1991, leadership in the form of the presidency was passed to Kawano Yasuo, Suzuki sensei's designated successor. Kawano sensei began his study of Goju Ryu Karate directly under Suzuki sensei in 1958 at the ZNSBR-Nippon Seibukan Dojo of Kyoto when it was located on the grounds of the Shimogamo Shrine.

The modern Nippon Seibukan Hombu under Kawano Hanshi is headquartered at the Zuirin-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, and regularly utilizes the Butokuden for special training, events and demonstrations.

The organisation has now also re-established itself in other parts of the world as the Zen Nippon Sogo Budo Renmei – Nippon Seibukan Dojo of Kyoto (ZNSBR-NSD).

Arts associated with the ZNSBR are as follows –

Karate: Empty-hand Arts of Okinawa and Japan (including Okinawan Kobudo)

Jujutsu: Self-protection arts of traditional Japanese lineage

Goshinjutsu: Modern self-defense arts of Japanese derivation

Judo: Traditional Kodokan Judo as founded by Jigoro Kano

Aikido: Traditional Aikido styles descended from Morihei Ueshiba

Kendo: Kendo as defined by the All Japan Kendo Federation

Iaido: Traditional sword arts focusing on drawing techniques

Kobudo: Classical Japanese arts for example Kenjutsu, Naginatajutsu, etc.