Welcome to the homepage of the Budokan Bad Homburg! 

We are pleased that you want to know more about our club. If you are interested in factual information about martial arts - particularly in Karate or Hwal Moo Do, you will find what you are looking for here. On the following pages you will find a number of interesting topics.

If you would like to learn one of these martial arts, just have a look at the training times given, or take part in a (non-binding) training sessio



Training starts on January 15th 2019



Whoever would get to like martial arts (again) could drop in to the training on Tuesday and Friday at 7.00 pm either to watch or to join in the training (T-Shirt and tracksuit trousers are needed).

A beginners course for children is not offered at the moment.


September 2018

Congratulations to all recent Dan graduates. After years of hard training they've achieved this personal success.

Examiners: Jörg Rippert 5. Dan, Norbert Hofer 4. Dan

Norbert Hofer

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Karate is more than just combat technique. It is a training of body and mind integrated into the mediative-philosophical teaching of East Asia”. Like this or similar are the statements of the experts about the contents of Japanese martial art, which are credited with very old and various roots. Someone who practices Karate today learns about it as a modern form of martial art, although Karate-Do with its three characteristics,

As a form of weaponless combat

As a comprehensive physical and spiritual exercise

As an artistic expression of movement

Is also a possible way of experiencing Zen Buddhism.

From centuries-old Far Eastern traditions Karate in Japan has been developed as a form of weaponless self-defence, which makes it possible to incapacitate one or more opponents. Thereby, the human limbs - especially fists, feet, elbows – optimally used as weapons, by which individual shots, punches and kicks are carried out with the utmost speed, hardness and precision specifically against sensitive points of the human body. This requires a high degree of coordination of mind, nerves and muscles. To achieve this, an intensive, sustained karate specific training is required, which systematically takes in body and mind.

Only in the last century, has a form of competitive sport been developed from the original self-defence art. In hand to hand combat the harsh attacks must be stopped shortly before the end. It is self-evident that a considerable amount of self-control is necessary. Even so Karate, which might seems to the observer at first glance a little rough, in reality a sport which requires the highest respect for the opponent. Thereby karate training achieves a considerable contribution to the development of the character, whilst it develops an aggressive fighting spirit on the one hand and teaches complete self-control on the other hand.

In addition to physical fitness training Karate is one of the few sports that also makes high demands on the mental agility of the athlete. Responsiveness is trained optimally by countless repetitions of very quick attack and defence variations and their combinations. It is clear that the monks of Zen Buddhism did not develop Karate only for self-defence, but principally as a physical complement to their spiritual exercise.

Whoever has practiced martial arts for more than 50 years, of course, naturally has a story to tell. Luckily there are some hunter-gatherers within the ranks of the Budokan, who have saved and preserved extensive material from these eventful years for the present and future. We want to pass the most interesting of them on to you in the form of small anecdotes. The history part of our Internet presence will soon be available in book form. The first part, which deals directly with the foundation phase, is now finished and is obtainable for a small fee. Those who are interested should contact Ferdi Ernst. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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