A work in progress don’t worry about the spellings I will sort it out later.


The More that (I try to look into the history at the Anglo Japanese Bujutsu Association the more confused I get so I will just lay out the fragmented facts as I see them and leave you to tell me if I am wrong.

I personally trained under Chief instructor Mr Tom Kavanagh and knew him as a friend outside of training.

Myself and Danny Munro (Tom Kavanaghs Son) have loads of photos and some video from the old days.


The following is information that I got from some of Frank Perry’s clubs websites on the internet…

One story


 The Anglo Japanese / Bu’sen School has a long history here in Europe. It is believed that Mr Uyeneshi started our school late 1896 he was then succeeded by the late Mishiku Sensei upon whose death Sensei Perry took over the responsibility of continuing this unique form of training


Lets look at half of this story

The Anglo Japanese / Bu’sen School has a long history here in Europe. It is believed that Mr Uyenishi started our school late 1896 he was then succeeded by the late Mishiku


If the above Information is true which I believe it is  then that probably makes the link for me as Mr Uyenishi is well documented on the internet


S.K. Uyenishi was an early pioneer of Jujutsu in the UK. In this book, published in the early 1900's he demonstrates various techniques including breakfalls, throws, and locks.

He opened a Dojo at 31 golden sq London and also wrote some books one of which was  Tenshin Shinyo Ryu Jujutsu Book by S.K. Uyenishi. Which makes me think that the style was from Tenshin Shinyo Ryu or at least influenced from there.


From another site on the net I found this:

Soon the Tani brothers were joined by Yamamoto. Apart from teaching at his school, it became obvious that Wright wanted the Japanese to perform on the music halls. Tani's elder brother and Yamamoto disagreed with this and returned to Japan. Shortly after, Wright brought in Uyenishi Sadakazu who, along with Yukio, had no objection to appearing on the boards. They caused a sensation, taking on all-comers of any weight and ability and beating them. Within a couple of years both Tani and Uyenishi broke with Wright who now disappears from the story. But all honor must be accorded Edward William Barton Wright (1860-1951) for it was he who introduced jujutsu to Britain


From another site on the net I found this:

Uyenishi, who used the stage-name Raku, opened the school in Golden Square mentioned earlier. .Uyenishi, with the aid of his pupil Nelson, wrote The Text Book of Ju Jutsu as Practised in Japan which was published in 1906. By circa 1908, when Raku left Britain, the school was taken over by William Garrud, another of his pupils. Tani, along with Miyake (there were other Japanese experts around by then, including Ono and Maeda - the latter being the originator of the Gracie jujutsu style), also opened a school, this in Oxford Street, which was to last about two years.

Early in 1906 Tani and Miyake also a published a book, The Game of Ju-Jitsu - for the Use of Schools and Colleges. It is worth mentioning that Mrs Emily Watt, a pupil of Raku, also wrote a book, The Fine Art of Jujitsu, in 1906. A further work was produced by Bankier, Ju-Jitsu: What It Really Is, in December 1904, this being based on a series of articles published in the Apollo Magazine of Health and Strength and containing many photographs of Tani and Uyenishi. It must be said, that while all the works noted are excellent, those by the Japanese are superior to those of Bankier and Watts.


It was about now that Kawaishi Mikonosuke arrived from America where he had spent the last five years. For a while he was a "traveling instructor" for The Budokwai, but then broke away with Cawkell and set up the Anglo Japanese Judo Club in Notting Hill Gate. After a few years he moved on to France where he became the major influence in French judo.


Barton-Wright was born in India to a Scottish mother and Northumbrian father in November 1860. After completing his education in Germany and France, he set out around the world, operating mining concessions in Spain and Portugal before moving on to Egypt, Japan, and the Straits Settlements. Many years later he told Gunji Koizumi: "I have always been interested in the arts of self-defense and I learned various methods including boxing, wrestling, fencing, savate and the use of the stiletto under recognised masters, and by engaging toughs I trained myself until I was satisfied in practical application." (Koizumi, 1950).


So when Barton-Wright came into contact with jujutsu it must have fascinated him. In his three years stay in Japan he studied the art under an unnamed sensei "who specialised in the kata form of instruction," and then took lessons at the school of Jigoro Kano, although he admitted that he had not been taught "the higher forms of the art." (Koizumi, 1950). When he returned to England and set up a martial arts school, he wrote to contacts in Japan asking for Japanese experts to be sent to England. Yukio Tani and Sadakazu Uyenishi were sent, and became the two pioneers of jujutsu and judo in England



During the mid-1930s, British women also trained in judo at the Anglo-Japanese Judo Club in Strathmore Gardens. Yukio Tani's daughter taught the Saturday afternoon women's class. Also, beginning in 1938, the British government began encouraging women to attend weekly "keep fit" classes. Self-defense was often part of the training, and for women this often included judo because it was advertised as being less dependent on physical strength relative to the opponent than were boxing or wrestling.


Jujutsu Arrives


On the 26th of September 1899 a British engineer, called Barton Wright, returned to England after an extended period of living and working in Japan.  He brought with him an eighteen year old Japanese man whom he had developed a friendship with, and who he believed had something special to give to the British people.  The Japanese youth was Yukio Tani (1881 - 1950) and he was an exponent of the Japanese art of Jujutsu.  The combination of Barton Wright, as entrepreneur /manager and Yukio Tani, a natural showman, led the two men into touring the Music Hall circuit, where Tani would challenge anyone willing to wrestle with him.  With the temptation of winning 1 for lasting each minute, overran initial 5 minutes, or 50 for winning, there was never a shortage of challengers.  However, at a diminutive 5 feet 6 inches (1.67Mts) Tani allegedly lost only one music hall match and that was to a fellow Japanese national.


In 1900 S.K. Uyenishi joined the circuit, but soon after began teaching self defence and physical education at the Army Gymnastic HQ in Aldershot.  In the May of 1906 the feet of arguably one of the most famous Judoka, in British history, touched our shores.  His name was Gunji Koizumi (1885 - 1965), a Chinese lacquer expert by trade he was also a master of Tenshin Shinyo Jujutsu, Kenjutsu, Akishima Ryu Jujutsu and Katsu.  He was only to stay for a year, training and instructing his martial Arts around the country, notably at the Kara Ashikaga Jujutsu School, the Piccadilly School of Jujutsu, the RNVR, etc. until he decided to journey to the United States.  He did, however return in 1910 and eventually founded the London Budokwai, in1918, offering Jujutsu, Kendo and other Japanese arts to the British public.  A year later Koizumi asked Tani to join him as an instructor at his school of Martial Ways and Tani accepted, retiring from his Music Hall bouts.


In 1919 another, yet to be famous, Martial Artist arrived in Britain.  This time it was a Japanese gentleman by the name of Masutaro O'Tani (1899 - 1977), who had worked his passage on a merchant vessel.  He was a Jujutsu man, having trained in Japan as well as Ceylon, where he had lived during his passage





Yukio Tani arrived in London 

Yukio Tani 


Sadakazu Uyenishi arrived in England


The British Society for Jiu Jitsu was founded by William Bankier with Yukio Tani as Instructor.

Yukio Tani opened the Japanese School of Jiu Jitsu at 305 Oxford Street, London W1

Tarro Miyake, a Judoka and Yoshin Ryu Jiu Jisuka, arrived in London.

Yukio Tani


Tarro Miyake joined Yukio Tani at the Japanese School of Jiu Jitsu.

Akitaro Ono, a 4th Dan Graduate of the Kodokan, arrived in London and worked with Uyenishi.


In May Gunji Koizumi arrived in Prestatyn, North Wales. He travelled to Liverpool where he took up the post of Instructor at a school for Jiu Jitsu.

Gunji Koizumi


In May Koizumi went to America


By May of this year Koizumi had returned to England


G Koizumi opened a Dojo in Grosvenor Place, London SW1 and called it the Budokwai. His first chief instructor was Yukio Tani


Masutaro Otani arrived in England.

Mautaro Otani


Jigaro Kano, founder of the Kodokan came to England accompanied by Hikoichi Aida, 4th Dan. Aida was appointed as Kodokan Coach to the Budokwai. Otani started studying with H. Aida. and Y Tani and G Koizumi were awarded 2nd Dans in Kodokan Jui-do


Masaturo Otani became assistant instructor to Yukio Tani.

Masutaro Otani


M Otani founded the Jubilee Judo Club


The British Judo Association was founded and named as the National Governing Body. The European Judo Union was formed.


M Otani founded the Masaturo Otani School of Judo


Kenshiro Abbe arrived in England


P Butler founded the A.J.A.


K Abbe founded the British Judo Council


R H Bleakman founded Budo of Great Britain, a Martial Arts Society with a Judo section


The M.O.S.J. and the British Judo Council amalgamated.



Danny Munro has a copy of one of Frank Perrys  early posters where he says on the back that the masters that he learned from in the USA were…

Kancho Oyama, Shihan Nakamura, Shihan Kishi. It also states that he learned from Mishiku who was a master of Indo/Goshin Juitsu/kendo.


Another account found at http://www.bu-sen.co.uk/Judo_information.html

The Anglo-Japanese judo club was founded by Kaoru Mishiku Sensei in 1929. Mishiku Sensei was a graduate of the Sekai Butokukai, which was the premier Martial Arts University of Japan.

The form of Judo practised by our club is Kyo Shin Do, which is not merely a style of Judo, but a philosophy, laying great emphasis on safety, discipline and the building of confidence.










Names in Bujutsu

 Frank Perry      Head of the BUSEN School of Martial Arts

 Tony Murphy   Former Sensei 1st Dan

John Whelan     Former Sensei 1st Dan Deceased

Barney Gorton Former Sensei 1st Dan

Ian Mcarther (Mac) Dan Grade

Steve Pratt       Former Sensei 1st Dan representative of Anglo Japanese Bujutsu Ireland

Andy McKay   1st Dan Former Sensei 1st Dan in Ireland

Mick Vernon    Sensei 3rd Dan Currently running the Haverlock Dojo

Mick Perkins    Former Sensei 1st Dan

Peter Cameron 5th Dan  Sensei Currently Technical Adviser to the A.J.B.A.

Tony Johnson   2nd Dan  Sensei and Secretary for the organisation, Currently Hayes Dojo

Danny Munro   2nd Dan  Sensei, Currently Hayes Dojo

Tom Kavanagh 7th Dan Deceased Former Head of A.J.B.A.

Kouru Mishiku 7th Dan Deceased Former Head of A.J.B.A.

Sean Kenny      Former Sensei 1st Dan in Ireland

Samantha         Former Sensei 1st Dan in Ireland


If  you should be on the above list then please let me know…




Master Kaoru Mishiku teaches Sempai Tom Kavanagh