The History

The name BUSHI BAN derives from two different words, Bushi-Do [Japanese warrior spirit and martial arts] and Bando [ ancient Burmese system of martial discipline]. The name Bushi Ban has come to mean "Way of Disciplined Warrior".
The BUSHI BAN curriculum provides a well rounded holistic approach in training covering hard and soft systems of American, Japanese, Okinawan, Korean, Chinese, Pakistani, Indian, Tibetan, Thai, Burmese, Mongolian, Brazilian, and other martial arts.

The Founder

Grand Master Zulfi Ahmed is the designer and developer of the Bushi Ban system. Grand Master Ahmed has over 30 years of martial arts experience and has won over 300 martial arts awards including the 1993 NBL World Traditional Weapons title, and the 1992 USKA Open Forms World Title, and has also been inducted into eleven different martial arts halls of fame.
Grand Master Ahmed has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Karachi. He has earned his Black Belts in many different martial arts and is recognized as the founder of the Bushi Ban system by several national and international martial arts organizations. He was also selected to be on the Pakistani National Tae Kwon Do Olympic Team and has represented Pakistan and the United States in national, international, and world events.
His extensive travels have allowed him to learn, teach, and compete with some of the best martial artists in the world.

The System

The BUSHI BAN system benefits the student in several key developmental ways: fitness, health and wellness, life skills,character building, personal development, self-defense, athletic competition, rich history and tradition, and lifestyle. Our advanced students are well rounded individuals who are constantly seeking knowledge through the Martial Arts, and who are willing to work hard to achieve their goals through dedication, loyalty and perseverance, and setting new standards to improve every aspect of their life.
Our students range from 4 years old to 74 years young and are given a wide range of choices in training covering methods resembling Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Yoga, cardio exercises, self-defense techniques, and many others. In addition, competitive events extend from non-contact to light contact and full contact sports such as karate type sparring, kickboxing, and grappling.
Our students are taught to practice the marital arts in the school, as well as apply their martial arts education in a constructive and productive way in their daily life.

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Bushi Ban International of Houston
5717 Richmond Ave., Houston TX 713-808-9682

Bushi Ban International of Houston Clear Lake
2465 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston Clear Lake TX 281-218-8989

Bushi Ban International of La Porte
923 S. Broadway, La Porte TX 713-476-1742

Bushi Ban International of Pasadena
7770 Spencer Highway, Pasadena TX 281-479-7979

Bushi Ban International of Southbury
1257 Southford Road, Southbury CT 1-800-868-8859

Bushi Ban Martial Arts & Fitness of Connecticut
821 Derby Avenue, seymour CT 2037329000

Bushi Ban Martial Arts of Almeda
8405 Almeda Genoa, Houston  TX 713-822-7643

Bushi Ban Martial Arts of League City
103 Davis Rd Suite V, League City TX 281-912-8146

Bushi Ban of Pearland
8201 Broadway Ste. 151, Pearland TX 281-997-9500

BushiBan International of Friendswood
125 W Parkwood Ave, Friendswood TX 281-482-8000

BushiBan International of Houston Woodforest
12730 Woodforest Boulevard, Houston Woodforest TX 713-451-5919

BushiBan International of Missouri City
7746 Highway 6, Suite A, Missouri City TX 832-833-0030

Bushi Ban of Pearland

Bushi Ban of Pearland

8201 Broadway Ste. 151
Pearland TX


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David Kovar

Lessons From A Real-Life Samurai

One time in the early 1990s I was approached by a middle-aged Japanese man who had entered my school. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was a martial artist. I could tell by his posture, his focus, his calloused knuckles and his sense of respect. He just had that way of carrying himself. He came in to inform me that he had recently moved to the area and was starting an instructor course on Okinawan Weaponry and he invited me to participate. Being the martial arts junkie that I am, I quickly accepted his offer. Since then, for the last twenty plus years, I have had the distinct pleasure of being a student of Shihan Mikio Nishiuchi.
During the first decade we focused primarily on Okinawan Weaponry, aka Kobudo, but since about the year 2000, our focus has been on Iaido, the

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 Zulfi Ahmed

July 2016 Issue of's Online Martial Arts Magazine featuring an interview with Grandmaster Zulfi Ahmed.


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Tom Callos


When you teach the martial arts, whether it be Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, Aikido, or what have you --you stand a very good chance of teaching young people.
And when you teach young people, when you "put on the uniform" of the teacher, the leader, the "one who knows," the one who gives directions, the one, for what ever period of time you"re given, is asked and/or expected to "teach the lessons," I think it"s one big whopping whale of an opportunity to do some of the best work our particular, odd, left-of-center, often goofy, all too self-serious profession sets in front of us.
And while teaching little Johnny and Sally how to punch people in the face, choke them, and or defend themselves from the same --might seem like the mission of the "martial arts" teacher -- from my point of view it is not the most important work, not the work that really matters at that age, that might really bring about the change we have the potential to play a role in, or that might actually make these little people more powerful, participative, engaged, compassionate --and thus happier and more connected to that which it is best to be connected to.
I treasure, however, the teacher, the smart, connected, awake teacher, who uses the martial arts, no, who uses the time they are gifted with to be an influencer, as a tool to provide experiences and viewpoints that speak of a better, more compassionate, less violent world. So Dan Rominski"s canned food drive work --and the work so many of you do where you&q

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    Fariborz Azhakh

    Talking vs. Behaving

    This morning as I dropped my son off at his school, like I do everyday, there was no place to park. So I made the decision to pull up against the red curb across the street. My son got out of the ca

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    birthdays in July

    July 1) Jorge Garibaldi

    July 1) Juan Jose Negreira

    July 1) Rick Pope

    July 1) Chris Dyer

    July 1) Hyun SO

    July 1) Ken Livingston

    July 1) Mathieu Daigle

    July 1) Al Cooper

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    passed away in June

    July 1) Sannosuke Ueshima

    July 1) Robert W. Smith

    July 4) Fumio Toyoda

    July 6) Robert Dalgleish

    July 7) Alexander Fu Sheng

    July 9) Jae Chul  Shin

    July 11) Robert Trias

    July 12) Henry Seishiro Okazaki

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My Sincere Advice to You

Sensei Benny Urquidez ans Master Steve Sexton

Steve Sexton


Benny Urquidez



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