What is Bushi Natahn?
Bushi Natahn is a style of martial arts that was developed in 2012 by Johnathan J. Clayborn and Matthew Nadreau. The style is derived from elements of Krav Maga, Aikido, Tang So Do, Karate, and unique moves.
What is the meaning of the logo? And the name?
This style is a hybrid of several different forms. Our name and our logo reflect this. Bushi is Japanese and means “warrior”. Natahn is from Hebrew and mean “Giving”. Literally translated, this is the art of the Giving Warrior, which is emphasized in our philosophy. As for our logo, the Star of David is representative of Israel, where Krav Maga originated. The Um Yang in the center, from Tang So Do’s birthplace of Korea. The symbols around the outside and in the middle are Japanese Kanji and they spell out the 7 pillars of Bushido.
What is the purpose of the Association?
The association exists to ensure the purity of the style. As more instructors begin to get certified and teach this style independently, it is important to have a central place that provides support to the schools. It also acts as a resource for instructors. The association legitimizes the instructors who teach this style, we formalize the curriculum and belt testing requirements. In addition, the Association tests and awards Black Belts. To ensure impartiality instructors do not grade their own students who are testing for Black Belt; a random panel of three other certified instructors oversee that process.
How big is the Association and who is in it?
Every certified, official instructor in the style is a member of the association. Every member has a voting voice in policy changes, curriculum changes, and the development and growth of the style. Currently, all of the schools are in the Western United States, but we are expanding and our Association infrastructure has been designed to work Internationally.