This article is from the Martial Arts FAQ, by Matthew Weigel email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
(Contributor: Bob Blount - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bushidokan is an eclectic art of recent origin, founded by Jim
Harrison in the late 1960's. Harrison has studied Judo and Shorin-Ryu
karate extensively. The Bushidokan Art is a combination of Okinawan
karate, judo, and some JJ, with the primary emphasis on karate. The
karate portion of Bushidokan's training is quite similar to Shotokan -
definitely Okinawan in ancestry. Bushidokan is best suited for those
interested in effective street self-defense, tournament fighting, and
fairly rugged physical conditioning.
Beginning students learn seven basic stances, seven basic strikes (six
linear, one circular), seven basic blocks (one of which is circular)
and seven basic kicks. Many of the self-defenses taught incorporate
techniniques not included in the "basic" seven, thus exposing the
student to a greater variety. These include a number of throws, a few
soft (redirecting) blocks, and several wrist/hand locks. Two basic
self-defense strategies - a direct counter and an indirect counter -
are taught for each type of attack. Sparring is introduced as
students progress, but is always optional, and ranges from "no
contact" to "full contact".