Martial Arts Illustrated interview with Simon Keegan

Passionate about martial arts history, while at the same time dedicated to teaching Karate as something realistic and effective, Simon Keegan is the pioneer of a Karate method called “Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu”. This method of Karate aims to take the art back to its root and “trunk” not just the branches. Simon’s approach to…

Toshu Jutsu and White Crane

In this post I will introduce my training in Niseikai, a style which combines Naha Te (Goju Ryu) with Shi He Quan (Feeding Crane). Although I consider myself a Shoto Ryu stylist, one of my main teachers of the last 10 years has been Reiner Parsons of the Niseikai school, a very interesting style which…

The Bubishi

The Bubishi is one of the most valuable books a Karateka can possess. It is also of tremendous value to practitioners of Wing Chun, Hung Gar and White Crane. The book “The Bubishi” is sometimes called The Bible of Karate. It is to Karate what the “Book of Five Rings” is to the Samurai. Like…

The Bushinkai Method of Self Defence

THE SCIENCE OF VIOLENCE You cannot learn anything without learning some of the theories behind it. You wouldn’t learn to drive without knowing the Highway Code, you wouldn’t send a soldier into battle without telling him who his enemy was and you wouldn’t play a sport without knowing the rules. Of course in a street…

Karate for self defence

This is an archive blog post from 2012: In last night’s class I talked about the two primary functions of Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu being self defence through Karate and Karate through self defence. I’d like to expand on this with some ideas about Karate and self defence. Firstly, our goal of self defence. This…

Interview with Sifu David Keegan

You teach Tai Chi, but this isn’t your first martial art. Can you tell me what the first oriental martial art you studied was and when and why? I was born in 1950 and took my first martial art aged 10 so it was about 1960. We lived in Kirkby near Liverpool and we were…

Bushinkai testimonials

Ben Gaunt is a blackbelt with Bushinkai and one of our longest serving members I’ve been studying at Bushinkai for nearly 7 years. Even when I’ve lived in Basingstoke and Sheffield, I’ve attended classes – lessons are worth traveling for! I feel invigorated after every lesson; martial arts are good for the body and for…