DNBK in principle welcomes all qualified candidates in the traditional Japanese Budo who wish to share the nobility and Samurai virtues in the highest form and spirit.

Those who wish to become a member of DNBK International Division must contact us directly with the following information required to be considered for a valid general membership.

Send the following information to DNBK ID office:


  1. Concise Vita, including Budo career
  2. Concise essay on philosophy of Budo, including the reason for applying the DNBK membership
  3. Copy of the last diploma received

The office of DNBK ID will notify you further protocol matter after examining the materials sent.

If you so desire, please contact any of the official representatives listed. They are the legitimate representatives appointed by the authority of the International Division and the Honbu of DNBK in Kyoto Japan as of 2016. As a general protocol and acceptable standard procedure, before selected in the membership, a candidate must be recommended by the current member in good standing, and one must be a person of integrity and sincerity, a strong supporter of traditional martial arts with a proven record of martial arts credentials.

As a general policy, verification of all of the above will be necessary before the approval of general membership. Paper documentation may not be sufficient for consideration, and thus official interviewing by the appropriate representative may be required. General membership is a necessary initiation step toward a certified membership of DNBK. General member is still a non-certified member. In order to become a certified member in DNBK, a formal examination process must be conducted by a designated official representative, dojo heads, and or Kenshoin.

Map of DNBK ID locations - click a continent to zoom in.

Please write to Headquarters, DNBKID for further information.


Updated July, 2016
Honbu Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, International Division