A lot of the history and philosophy of the style can be found at the Bushi Natahn Association website. However, we’ll repeat some of the key points here.
The style itself was developed in 2012 by Johnathan Clayborn and Matthew Nadreau. The style is a hybrid style taking some elements of Krav Maga, Tang So Do, and Aikido and mixing those with unique techniques and modifying them to fit our philosophy. Even our name is representative of this hybrid philosophy. “BUshi” is the Japanese word for “Warrior” and “Natahn” is the Hebrew word for “Giving”. Literally translated; the Giving Warrior. Our logo is the same: the Star of David is representative of Israel – the birthplace of Krav Maga, the Um Yang in the center is for Korea – the birthplace of Tang So Do, and the Kanji are from Japan – the birthplace of Aikido.
The style is very much a modern style and focuses heavily on sparring, weapon disarms, and defending against multiple attackers once students progress into higher belt levels. We ensure that all students have a foundational knowledge of the concepts and the science behind the techniques. The mandate of the founders of the style is to only use techniques that are highly effective. Some styles retain outdated techniques simply because of tradition.
The school is designed to be a place of learning and practice. We encourage sparring, and at higher belt levels we require it. Sparring is always done in a fun and respectful capacity, and only after students have been in the program for a while. The point of sparring isn’t to hurt each other, but to practice the techniques that you have been taught in a more random setting.