The Brattleboro School of Budo: Celebrating 20 Years of Life Training Through a Balance of Body, Mind and Spirit.

BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT – Originally launched in 1995 by Kyoshi Patrick Donohue, the Brattleboro School of Budo is currently celebrating 20 years of successfully guiding students through a unique mix of traditional martial arts training, along with a variety of other training options which offers something for everyone to explore and enjoy.

Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of Brattleboro School of Budo

“I started training in 1976 and the school was originally established in 1995,” Patrick Donohue said in an exclusive, Standing Room Only interview. “Our training methods are second to none in the area and our training space – we've been at our current location for 10 years - is amazing and versatile... always clean and well organized.”

Donohue's traditional martial arts training includes Shorin-ryu and Goju-ryu Katate (empty-hand defense), Hakkoryu Jujutsu, AikiBudo and Tomiki Aikido (grappling defense), Kobudo (Okinawan and Japanese weapons) and Shiatsu (Eastern massage). Along with these traditional disciplines, the The Brattleboro School of Budo also offers fencing, women’s self-defense, basic pistol training, home firearm safety and private children’s lessons revolving around self-defense against bullying.

So, what exactly is the clear definition of budo one may ask, as this writer did? “Budo” is a compound of the root “bu,” meaning war or martial; and “do,” meaning the path or way. The term refers to the concept of formulating propositions, subjecting them to philosophical critique and then, following a path to realize them. “Do” in the Japanese context, signifies “way of life,” an experimental term in the sense that practice (way of life) verifies the validity of the discipline. The modern budo has no external enemy, but only the internal enemy – fighting one’s own ego.

Following this concept, The Brattleboro School of Budo offers students the opportunity to learn authentic, traditional martial arts; a holistic approach that emphasizes a balanced development of body, mind and spirit. Kyoshi, Patrick Donahue, a very personable and well-rounded instructor with 39 years of experience, has trained and taught around the world including the U. S. and Canada, Europe, Australia, Okinawa and Mainland Japan.

Kyoshi Donahue began his martial arts training in 1976 and then his study of the traditional budo arts in 1988. He has black belts in several disciplines, including the various styles of Shorin-ryu Karate-Do, AikiBudo and Kobudo. His training has taken him across the globe to demonstrate and train.

Despite his many accomplishments, however, Donahue also continues to expand his personal training and research with some of the most respected Sensei in the world. (Editor’s note: To learn more about Donahue’s specific studies and accomplishments, please visit his bio page at The Brattleboro School of Budo website.)

Donohue’s facility offers some of the finest martial arts training and education in the region, not only developing your physical skills, but also improving emotional stability and mental power as you gain a true understanding of Eastern philosophy, language, culture and history. The Brattleboro School of Budo also offers a variety of seminars, as well as arranging trips to visit schools in other states and around the world. Yes, students have the opportunity to learn from some of the world's greatest martial artists, both in America and abroad.

“We provide each and every student with the best training possible - whether a person desires training simply as a hobby or to get in shape, or if they seek to devote their entire life to the practice,” Donahue said. “Our dojo offers a non-competitive atmosphere that nurtures the student, while also providing the discipline and balance required to be prepared for serious situations of self-defense.

“Most importantly, however, our school requires each of us to develop greater insight into both ourselves and others, while accomplishing the task compassionately. We strive to mindfully find balance in all that we do and to have fun while we all learn together.”

Classes are Tuesday and Thursday: children's karate class is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., adult karate class from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. and Aikido class from 7:45 to 9:00 p.m. Donahue also does private lessons, however, it isn't his preferred method of teaching, as well as pistol training for the state of Massachusetts and the NRA for more than 10 years.

The Brattleboro School of Budo also has space available for rent (except on Tuesdays and Thursdays) for local band rehearsals, dance and yoga classes, martial arts and message therapy. To learn more about The Brattleboro School of Budoor inquire about upcoming training classes and seminars, please visit their website at The school is located at 464 Putney Road in Brattleboro, Vermont and the phone number is 802.257.4797.