Brattleboro School of Budo: Training for Life Through a Balance of Body, Mind and Spirit.

BRATTLEBORO, VT. – Launched in 1995 and now located at 464 Putney Road in Brattleboro, Vermont, the Brattleboro School Of Budo offers a unique mix of traditional martial arts training including 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 a variety of other training options including fencing, women’s self-defense, basic pistol training, home firearm safety and private children’s lessons revolving around self-defense against bullying.

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

So, what exactly is budo, you might ask (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.

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. The school is founded by Kyoshi Patrick Donahue, a very personable and well-rounded instructor with many years of experience, training and teaching 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 his study of the traditional budo arts in 1988. He has black belts in several martial arts, including the various styles of Shorin-ryu Karate-Do, AikiBudo and Kobudo. His training has taken him across the globe to demonstrate and train. Donahue also continues his personal training and research with some of the most respected Sensei in the world. (Editor’s note: To learn more about Donahue’s studies and accomplishments, please visit his bio 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 an understanding of Eastern philosophy, language, culture and history. 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,” Kyoshi Donahue said in a recent Standing Room Only interview. “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.”

To learn more about the Brattleboro School of Budo or inquire about upcoming training classes and seminars, please visit their website at The school is located at 464 Putney Road in Brattleboro, Vermont. The phone number is 802.257.4797.