Meet Sensei Toban Berdusco
Toban has been involved martial arts for over twenty years. Toban’s introduction into Butokukan started at the Coquitlam Dojo in the early 90s. In 2014 Toban successfully graded for the rank of Nidan in Butokukan. He is also a black belt in Tesshinkan Kobudo an Okinawan weapons system. In 2014 Toban was the grand champion of the all Butokukan tournament. He is passionate about the martial arts and self-defense and is eager to share his experiences with others. He believes that acquiring a martial art is a valuable endeavor. It is clear that he is passionate about the martial way and is excited to share his knowledge and experience with others.
Why Train with Us?
Karate has a myriad of benefits: it boosts self-confidence, builds strength and speed, promotes health and flexibility, teaches awareness, discipline and respect.
In my class you will learn how to punch, kick, strike, block, balance yourself and shift your weight. These basics will help you perform katas (pre-arranged set of movements), practice kumite (sparring) and ultimately prepare you to protect yourself in threatening situations.
A Brief History of Butokukan Karate
Master Nakachi came to America in 1959 and started to teach a style of karate called Shinpu-Ren. Nakachi had previously trained at the Butokukai in Japan; a school where various martial disciplines came to meet, share ideas and techniques. Nakachi found that he valued several of the other styles principles and, in 1963, decided to incorporate them all into a new style: Butokukan. Butokukan’s current Grand Master is Soke Robert Hill.
- I am a faithful member of Butokukan.
- I use Butokukan only in defence of myself, my loved ones and in defence of my country.
- I always respect my seniors as I do my senseis.
- I never make false statements to members of Butokukan.
- I never do anything that would degrade Butokukan as a martial art.
- These rules and laws I will ever hold true I am (your name).
BU – Martial
TOKU – Virtues
KAN – Training Hall
Training Hall of the Virtues of the Martial Arts.
Kara – Empty
Te – Hand
Way of the empty Hand
Confidence through Knowledge
- The White Ring around the outside of the crest represents all students (karateka), white through brown belt grade (kyu).
- TheBlack Ring inside the white ring represents the potential in every belt to become a black belt.
- TheBlack Background represents all the black belts. It is largest area, because as a karateka, you will spend most of your time as a black belt. The larger area on top signifies the lower ranks of the black belt (yudansha) rank, it tapers down to represent the fewer number of higher ranked black belts.
- TheRed Ring represents the master rank (Shihan), 8th– 10th degree (dan).
- TheFist (Seiken) represents all the body weapons. The seiken is the most commonly used technique (waza).
- The crest was designed by Yoichi Nakachi, in 1963, when the style changed from Shinpu-ren to Butokukan.