American Bushido Karate Association

About ABKA

Phone: 770-720-1755


American Bushido Karate Association

This organization was founded by Dave Domer, Sensei on March 1, 1978. 

In a time of great turmoil, nationally in karate, concerning competition in various styles, organizations and tournament promoters, a time when students argued with officials at tournaments, a time when hand techniques from other martial arts began to replace karate punches and strikes, a time when many organizations were formed only for the business of tournament economy, Domer Sensei formed this organization out of necessity. The necessity of producing a workable curriculum in the art of karate which didn’t favor sport karate over kata, or the win of ability over experience, form or rank.

The main aim in founding this association was to produce karateka who follow the principals of bushido and have superior techniques and attitude, self-discipline, confidence and respect for all other karate styles and martial arts; be it boxing, wrestling, kick boxing, weaponry, etc.

Domer Sensei does not consider his style to be the best style of karate, for, there is not a “best style.”  It is the individual students who make each style best.

This organization was not formed with the sole aim of competing with other associations either in a sport way or economically.

The five goals of the student of the American Bushido Karate Association are to develop:

1. Self-confidence

2. Self-discipline

3. The mind and body

4. Self-defense

5. Respect for others


The Meaning of Bushido

“Bushido” is a Japanese term meaning “way of the bushi” (warrior).  It was a code of feudal ethics, a moral standard which flourished in Japan around the twelfth century.  It was never written down, but passed from warrior to warrior, from generation to generation by “word of mouth.”

Generally, bushido was mainly concerned with loyalty and courage. Loyalty was demanded by the Japanese feudal lord, of his warriors, and it took courage for them to protect him and his belongings from his enemies.  Courage was also required to adhere to the strict rules of ethics defining right and wrong ways in applying their martial skills.

Nitobe cites seven virtues of bushido as:

1. Justice: Dishonesty and deceit were considered unworthy acts and could not be used even to support a loyalty.

2. Courage: This was a combination of moral and physical courage based on serenity.

3. Benevolence: Draeger, in his book “Asian Fighting Acts”, describes benevolence as a composite of magnamity, affection, love, pity and sympathy.

4. Politeness: Courtesy was always related to a self-protection.  It “disciplined the soul and brought a refined harmony of mind and body.”

5. Veracity: Truthfulness or honesty was greatly valued.  During the feudal period bushi did not use written contracts for agreements.  Their word was enough.

6. Honor: the bushi was prone to kill all who “offended his honor”.

7. Loyalty: Deeply embedded in the bushi’s philosophy of life was his “idea of loyalty to his superiors”.

Remember these seven virtues of budo, for they are found in all correct budo philosophy.

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