The Melbourne Budo Academy offers world class instruction in the traditional martial arts of Aikido, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Shinkendo (Japanese swordsmanship),  Japanese Jujutsu, and Judo.

Each discipline of martial art at Melbourne Budo Academy is headed by highly ranked and experienced instructors, with a strong direct lineage to the founders of their respective arts.

Our unique Japanese-style dojo is located in the inner city suburb of Fitzroy, close to Melbourne’s CBD.

The Academy

The Melbourne Budo Academy focuses on studying the ancient theory of martial arts and applying its virtues to a modern context and practice. At the core of our philosophy, Melbourne Budo Academy believes that martial arts provides a means for our students to constantly improve and strengthen their mental and physical character.

Through studying and practicing the beauty, elegance, and power of ancient martial arts and their theories, students learn about the discipline, precision, strength and hence effectiveness required of techniques.

On a deeper level, Melbourne Budo Academy considers the practice of martial arts a way of life; an aesthetic avenue to self-improvement, personal growth, and character development, encircling physical, spiritual, and moral aspects. The philosophical and physical commitment required of martial arts provides a passage for people to orient themselves and create focus in their lives, which can be applied to other aspects of their daily activities, and empowering individuals to live a happier and fuller life.

Academy News

Seminar – Kyoichi Inoue Hanshi

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Wee Warriors

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The Dojo

Melbourne Budo Academy is located on Level 1, 230 Brunswick Street (entrance via St David Street) at the heart of the vibrant and family-friendly suburb of Fitzroy near Melbourne’s CBD. The entrance is tucked away just off bustling Brunswick Street, surrounded by local cafes, shops, schools, libraries and residences.

The Fitzroy dojo is a full-time purpose-built traditional Japanese dojo, featuring 130 square metres of Japanese tatami mats on a sprung floor. The lofty ceilings lend themselves to martial arts throws and sword techniques, whilst the walls hold the sword racks, Japanese calligraphy, and the “shomen” (wall containing the pictures of the founders of the respective martial arts).

Melbourne Budo Academy also houses holistic healing spaces featuring Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Cupping, Myotherapy (including Sports and Remedial Massage), and Chinese Medicine. There are also Yoga, Mat Pilates, Kettlebells, Boxing and Metafit classes operating out of Melbourne Budo Academy.