"Budokan" is a Japanese word which simply means "Martial Arts/Ways Training Hall," and one of the principal goals of the Michigan Budokan is to identify and acquire a permanent property in the Ann Arbor area from which to offer programs in Aikido and other traditional Asian martial arts, meditation, and related activities involving the development of the mind-body connection. The Budokan will be offered as a community space and home for groups that often must make do in tenuous arrangements not well suited to their activities.
For now, our "training hall" remains an aspiration, though one we intend to make a physical reality as quickly as possible. In the meantime, as we continue to raise funds for a permanent property, the Michigan Budokan will serve as a virtual training hall, doing what we can to support groups aligned with our mission as opportunities present themselves.
As an educational public charity dedicated to serving all members of our community, the Michigan Budokan's spaces, programs and resources will be made available without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, LGBTQ status, gender identification, or religion.
If you'd like to get a sense of the kind of things we're envisioning, please take a moment to look at the slide show below and be sure to come back to this site for news and updates!