The Romanian Federation of Karate and Aiki Goshin-Do

The Romanian Federation of Karate and Aiki Goshin-Do was founded in 2001 by Shihan Liviu Bădescu who is also its president and representative.

FRKAG is affiliated with three professional federations based in Japan and the development of its students is confirmed by licenses and certificates which are internationally recognised.

Goshin-do is situated at the intersection of karate-do, aikijutsu, kobudo as well as complementary forms of training. This is reflected in the federation's structure:

- Division Karate Goshin-Do
- Division Aiki Goshin-Do
- Complementary Division
- Special Division

About Goshin-Do

Goshin-do is situated at the intersection of karate-do, aikijutsu, kobudo as well as complementary forms of training and the evolution implies branching out in a vast number of fields.

“Goshin-do claims a fundamentally different attitude in relation the errors that appear in combat sports: from the technical and spiritual perspective as well as from the transformation of Japanese Budo into a commercial substitute. The style's founder,  Takeshi Sawada (10th Dan), considers  the physical self-defence a mere by-product, a minimal level of apprenticeship and emphasises the fact that it's true value resides from it's spiritual significance.”*

* Extract from the book "AIKIGOSHIN-DO - Technical and Spiritual Depths" (AIKIGOSHIN-DO - Profunzimi tehnice și spirituale) by Liviu Bădescu, printing house Info–Shizuka, 1998, page 6

Karate Goshin-Do

Division Karate Goshin-Do deals with the study of karate-do. Karate-do is a path of physical, spiritual and moral evolution.

The word karate-do is comprised of 3 japanese characters: kara (empty), te (hand) and do (way).


Aiki Goshin-Do

Division Aiki Goshin-do deals with the study of aikijutsu.

Aikijutsu aims to harmonise one's movements and techniques with those of the opponent with the goal of dominating and controlling him.

NOTE: Aikido is a style derived from aikijutsu.



Complementary Division

"The name ko-budo is applicable to all the disciplines that use “unconventional” weapons on top of one's natural weapons for attack or defence. The possibility of wielding such a weapon definitely increases the chances of winning a confrontation. This does not mean that one should be dependent on a weapon, but on the contrary, learning  the art of wielding a weapon means learning to fight against it.

Currently, in professional karate schools, students of a certain technical level (imposed by each school separately) begin to use all sorts of unconventional weapons: Nunchaku, Sai, Jutte, Kusari, Gama, Bo, Boken etc...”*

* Extract from the book Martial Arts (Arte Marțiale) by Liviu Bădescu, printing house Teora, 2000, page 67


Special Division

The Special Division consists of forms of training complementary to a fighter: swimming, parachuting, rock climbing, diving, survival etc..




Liviu Bădescu

  • Hanshi 8th DAN Karate-Do;
  • Shihan 7th DAN Aikijutsu
  • Renshi 5th DAN Kobudo
  • Member of International Martial Arts Federation Kokusai Budoin IMAF – Tokyo;
  • 5th DAN Karate-Do IMAF;
  • International instructor GS-5 IMAF;
  • 3rd DAN Nihon Ju-Jutsu IMAF;
  • Director of the FRKAG Central Masters’ Counsel;
  • Tehnical Director IGKA Europe;
  • Vicepresident of the SAKURA Japanese Arts and Traditions Cultural Asociation

Mobile: 0040744709550



As a student at the University of Craiova - Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Liviu Bădescu becomes the first internationally recognised master of IGDKF in 1981. Wanting to obtain nothing but the truth he did not hesitate to travel the world (Europe: England, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Holland, Hungary, Slovenia, Belgium, France, Portugal, Norway, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Turkey, Czech Republic, Poland, Greece, Bulgaria, Scotland;  Asia: Japan, China, Hong-Kong; Africa: Morocco; South America: Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia; North America: New York, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles etc.) in order to study alongside the contemporary masters of Budo: Takeshi Sawada (10th DAN), Andre' Batille' (9th DAN),  Geyne Reid (8th DAN), Shizuya Sato (10th DAN), Hirokazu Kanazawa (10th DAN), Jun Osano (7th DAN), Katsua Yamaguchi (10th DAN), Seirin Tsumari (9th DAN), Terutaka Oshima (10th DAN), Hans Rauscher (8th DAN), Kurt Schoffmann (7th DAN) etc..

In 1991 Liviu Bădescu becomes federal coach of FRAM (Romanian Federation of Martial Arts) and is requested to be incorporated as a civilian professional in the “Panait Donici” Military Institute of Engineers, Constructions and Railway from Râmnicu Vâlcea.

Hanshi Bădescu is the producer and screen writer of a short film about Martial Arts called Silent Weapon (Arma Tăcută). The film was awarded a prize by the Bucharest Cinematography Institute and was used in training the staff of the Ministry on National Defence and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

He is also the author of:

  • Martial Arts (Arte Marțiale), printing house Teora 1998 and 2000
  • Spirit of GOSHIN-DO the Chance of a New Existence (Spiritul GOSHIN-DO Șansa unei noi existențe), printing house Info-Shizuka, Craiova 2005
  • AIKIGOSHIN-DO - Technical and Spiritual Depths (AIKIGOSHIN-DO - Profunzimi tehnice și spirituale), printing house Info-Shizuka, Craiova 2003

Hanshi Bădescu takes part in the most important manifestations of Martial Arts in the world both as student and professor. In 1996 he becomes a member of IMAF-Kokusai Budoin, being examined in the presence of professor Shizuya Sato (10th DAN) - the head of this prestigious organisation.

He is invited multiple times in Japan by important names of word wide Budo and is recognised publicly on national television as a good comrade and excellent teacher by representatives of other styles.

Liviu Bădescu (Hanshi 8th DAN karate-do, Shihan 7th DAN aikijutsu, 3rd DAN nihon jujutsu) is respected by many as well as envied.

In 2001, together with other personalities, he lays the foundation of the Romanian Federation of Karate and Aiki Goshin-Do, continuing to perfect his knowledge in order to transmit his best to that who earns his trust.


For seminars please contact Hanshi Liviu Bădescu at:
Mobile: 0040744709550


Dojo Central (Hombu Dojo)

Federalcoop Building, No. 1 Carol I Street, room 25, Rm. Vâlcea, România

The training is conducted by:
Hanshi Liviu Bădescu

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 +40 744 709 550 - Liviu Bădescu