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International Budo Federation

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The International Budo Federation is a multi-style martial arts and combat forms association which has representatives in 25 different countries.
It was formed in Holland in the mid 60s by Peter Schonewille 9th Dan. The late Nobby Clarke 6th Dan became the IBF UK first representative in 1966. The present International IBF President is German Friedebert-Georg Nerring 9th Dan. Nobby's son Martin Clarke 8th Dan is now the President of IBF UK.  Chris St John is President  N Ireland 6th Dan. IBF Jiu Jitsu England is headed by Tom Starling 7th Dan
Competitions and courses are organized throughout the UK and we also have access to International Competitions and courses.
IBF Australia. click here

John (Nobby) Clarke 6th Dan

1927 - 1990

Founder IBFGB


The IBF was one of the first organisations to organise International competitions for all its members, not just for an elite few. IBF UK has a very modern approach to the martial arts and recognises they need to change with the times. We were one of the first organisations to recognise that coaching plays an extremely important part in the promotion of Budo sports and ways; our President Martin Clarke introduced the IBF Coaching Award system way back in 1972. The Award system was updated some years ago and we now have the IBF Coaching Effective Programme that ranges from level 1 to 5. The IBF also recognises that not all Coaches can put their thoughts and ideas down on paper, so we have Practical Awards Instructor, Teacher and Master Teacher. IBF UK offers Club, Instructor and Student Insurance, big discounts on licences for member clubs, the ability to do your own grading’s up to 1st Kyu with the club keeping all the grading fees and much more. We also offer you the ability to form your own association under our umbrella.


Judo (Budo) in reality is not a mere sport or game. I regard it as a principle of life, art, and science. In fact, it is a means for personal cultural attainment

Jigaro Kano founder of Judo


We the IBF/BCSA should use our skills to produce better Human Beings

Martin Clarke founder CombatSombo



Phone: 00 44 (0) 1795 437 124
Mobile 078 46 193 712
International Budo Federation
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ME10 4RX



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