25th Annual Bufest

September 8-10, 2023

Camp Cilca in Cantrall, IL

$200 if paid on/before July 1st
$220 if paid between July 2nd and  August 1st
$240 after August 1st
Cost includes:
     * Fri, Sat, Sun training
     * Cabins with bunk beds
     * All meals except Fri night

$60 Fri only
$160 Sat only with or without meals
$60 Sun only, with or without breakfast

Sponsored by Angie Smith and Eric Strong, this celebrates the 25th anniversary of BuFest! Lapel pins, cake, and other celebrations will be available.

Instructors for 2023

Roy Wilkinson, 15th dan
Karl Koch, 15th dan
Carol Koch, 15th dan
Jeff Walker, 15th dan
Jeff Christian, 15th dan


Zelle to Pretend1@yahoo.com (list Bufest on notes)

or send checks (with BuFest in the memo) made out to:

Angie Smith
47 Stonebrook Drive
Highand, Il 62249

BuFest was started in 1998 by Frank and Mary Hagen, with Dick Severance and Ed Martin as the original instructors and Glenn Morris conducting a firewalk. Frank and Mary passed on the running of BuFest to Eric Strong and Angie Smith. Other instructors were added to assist Dick and Ed over the years, who both continued to teach until their passing (Dick in 2009 and Ed in 2017).

Recent regular instructors have included Karl Koch, Carol Koch, Roy Wilkinson, Jeff Christian, Angie Smith, and Eric Strong, along with numerous guest instructors over the years. 

The spirit of BuFest is that of a weekend retreat, with tons of training, Saturday night training, and camaraderie (which we have all desperately needed in these pandemic times). It’s more important than ever we strive to carry on the spirit of training and friendship that Dick and Ed brought to BuFest over the years.

Suggested training materials to bring include: cane, bokken, training  knife, hanbo, kusarifundo, gi, and clothes for night training in woods. Bring plenty of snacks and water.

You’ll also need a towel, pillow, sleeping bag, and money for Friday evening’s dinner and for any available  merchandise.


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