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.
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 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.
Bushi Ban Pearland celebrates its 10 year Anniversary!
In March of 2006, the Pearland, Texas location of Bushi Ban International opened its doors. The school quickly grew to its 300+ member capacity in the first few years of operation. To date, over 120 students from Bushi Ban Pearland have been awarded black belts, with many continuing training to higher dan ranking. This school has been
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
July 2016 Issue of Martialinfo.com's Online Martial Arts Magazine featuring an interview with Grandmaster Zulfi Ahmed.
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.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
He has earned his Black Belts in many different martial arts and is recognized as the founder of the Bushi Ban's 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 arts in the world.
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
Senior Master Kazi M. Qais teaches Bushi Ban in Clear Lake, Texas. At 7th Dan, he is the senior most Bushi Ban practitioner after the founder. He also holds high rank in Taekwondo and Wado Ryu Karate Do. Master Kazi has trained and taught in multiple countries and systems over the last 40 years. First starting with Taekwondo in 1976, He led one of the first Dojangs in th
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