Friends of Bushinkai: Tameside Karate

My daughter has just turned 5 and was interested in learning Karate. I don’t teach children myself and so I took her to Sensei Julian┬áMallalieu’s Tameside Karate which offers children’s classes on a Saturday afternoon at Copley sports centre, Stalybridge. The club has great lineage, coming directly under Karate, Kobudo and Batto master Fumio Demura…

Bushinkai Academy Of Martial Arts: White Lion Academy

The Bushinkai Academy of Martial Arts teaches a system of Karate, Jujutsu, Aikijujutsu and Kobudo and also offers classes in Tai Chi and Chi Kung and special tuition in Iaido. The Academy was founded 14 years ago by Simon Keegan who holds a Godan (5th Dan blackbelt) awarded by the World Union of Karatedo Federations.…

Hakugen Ryu: The forgotten style of Okinawa

One of the oldest Japanese schools from which Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu derives in Hakugen Ryu. It was an influence on our Nihon Jujutsu via Daito Ryu, and influenced our Toshu Jutsu via Kojigen Ryu. One of the first Japanese martial arts schools was Kashima no Tachi Shinmyoken, which was founded by Kunima Masato in…

What is Bunkai in Karate?

Bunkai is to analyse something to understand how it works. Bunkai is the Haynes Manuel of kata. Some techniques in kata have obvious applications, sometimes a punch is just a punch and a kick is just a kick. But other times kata have more abstract applications. In many Chinese styles the techniques are so flowery…

Okinawan Kata and Chinese Internal Martial Arts

One of the unique features of the Bushinkai Academy’s martial arts system of Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu is that the forms common to Karate and Jujutsu are taught relating to softer more natural movements found in Chinese internal martial arts systems. I have done a quick grab of a few Youtube videos (no endorsement is…

Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu: Learning the Art

Bushinkai is comprised of two academies, the Metal Tiger Academy teaching traditional Tai Chi; and the White Lion Academy teaching Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu. What is Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu? HKTJ is a system of Karate and Jujutsu that returns the arts to their origin as a complete method self defence. Hakuda (a method of…

Coming Soon: The Lost Book of Kushanku

The Bubishi has long been regarded as the ‘Bible of Karate’, an anthology of Chinese martial arts and related information that was taken to Okinawan in the 1800s. But what if another document was taken to Okinawa even earlier in the 1700s? A document that became the very foundations on which Karate was built? That…