Why choose Bushinkai?

  1. Bushinkai has two Academies – White Lion (Karate/Jujutsu) and Metal Tiger (Tai Chi) fully recognised by respective governing bodies like the World Union of Karatedo Federations and the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts.
  2. Our classes teach practical self defense, and may also improve your fitness, confidence and relaxation
  3. Bushinkai classes are intelligently taught and focused on martial arts. We do not pad out classes with games and hours of pressups. Yes, we do spirited warm-ups but the focus is on the martial arts
  4. Our classes are taught in a real martial arts Dojo not a labour club or church hall. Karate and Jujutsu are taught in a fully matted Dojo on the top floor. Our centre also has a shop for all your kit and safety equipment.
  5. Bushinkai classes are for adults. We are not a babysitting service so you don’t have to worry about being in a class full of kids.
  6. The Bushinkai Method is an effective self defence approach that deals with the realities of violence. The Bushinkai Method is the Science of Violence, the Science of Technique and the Science of Learning
  7. We are not a pyramid scheme, McDojo or “belt factory” – we pride ourselves on tradition and quality
  8. At the heart of our styles is “bunkai” meaning studying the traditional forms to apply their applications. Hidden within the old forms are a wealth of self defence principles
  9. Bushinkai Instructors go through a coaching program after years of training – not every good blackbelt instantly makes a good teacher, so our seniors are not only taught the techniques but also taught to teach
  10. Insurance is through a reputable insurer and your safety is paramount. Our Dojo is also fully kitted out with mats, bags and pads
  11. Bushinkai headteacher Simon Keegan has decades of experience in the martial arts, his grades were awarded by Japan’s oldest governing bodies, he has trained with some of the world’s senior masters and he holds blackbelts in several martial arts
  12. Simon is backed by several other experienced club instructors who also have a wealth of knowledge and teaching ability
  13. We have regular visits from several senior instructors at no extra cost
  14. Bushinkai is a member of the United Kingdom Budo Federation meaning our students have an opportunity to cross-train in a variety of martial arts. We have affiliates in 10 different countries.
  15. Bushinkai does not follow the latest fads and we don’t teach classes in 20 different arts.
  16. Classes and gradings are reasonably priced. There are no silly contracts or mandatory block payments
  17. Our Karate style has a strong lineage in legitimate Okinawan and Japanese Karate styles, such as Shoto Ryu, Shotokan, Goju Ryu – and also in authentic Japanese Jujutsu. We are not a “made up” style. All our history and lineage can be documented
  18. For example Bushinkai headteacher Simon Keegan in Shoto Ryu was graded by Reiner Parsons (7th Dan Kyoshi) who was graded by Ikuo Higuchi (9th Dan Hanshi). Master Higuchi is the senior student/successor of Makoto Gima (Shoto Ryu founder) who was a student of Itosu and Yabu and the first man graded 1st Dan by Gichin Funakoshi, as well as the first Shoto 10th Dan (awarded by Kanken Toyama). Therefore we have a direct Shoto Ryu line. 
  19. Our other Shotokan lineage is from Simon’s teacher (for 10 years) Kyoshi Robert Carruthers (7th Dan Kyoshi Shotokan), who trained with masters such as Enoeda and Suzuki and his primary teacher was Simon’s good friend Shihan Phillip Handyside (8th Dan Shotokan). Mr Handyside was a student of Kanazawa (Shotokan) and Chew Choo Soot (Budokan). When Simon joined Japan’s oldest martial arts fraternity the Kokusai Budoin his grade (2nd Dan at the time) was recognised in the Karate division headed by Kanazawa Sensei. Simon was awarded 5th Dan by Shihan Handyside after grading on the mat
  20. Our Tai Chi style is currently focused on the internationally standardised Beijing 24 form, but we also look at the combat origins of the Yang style and our approach to Tai Chi is pragmatic and realistic. Our Tai Chi instructors were traditionally taught and have also trained with some of the world’s leading masters.
  21. Our training is great for fitness giving a whole body workout and good flexibility and cardio. But we also ensure our exercises and stretches are not damaging to your joints
  22. Not only are we committed to teaching realistic self defence and improving your health we are also dedicated to preserving and developing the arts through research groups and academic discussion
  23. We are focused on your learning and development at your own pace. We are not there to wins medals or trophies – we are there to help you
  24. Information is there at your fingertips. As well as this website we also have a lively Facebook group and several other online information sites including a Youtube channel. So you can be a part of Bushinkai even when you’re not in classes.
  25. Bushinkai Karate classes are carefully structured with a detailed syllabus and curriculum so your learning and development is easily monitored.
  26. When you join Bushinkai you receive a smart license book and receive your grading certificates from our association headquarters. 
  27. As well as its main style Shoto Ryu, our Karate classes also include elements of old Okinawan styles and skills like Toshu Jutsu, Tegumi, Uchinadi and Karate Jutsu. Our Karate is a glimpse into Karate’s ancient past before it became a sport.
  28. Our Tai Chi classes perfectly complement the Karate classes. As well as being good for health our Tai Chi is also practical, teaching a range of strikes, blocks, locks and throws.
  29. As well as many of our students being complete beginners, we also teach many advanced students who have been blackbelts in other styles. There is something for everyone in Bushinkai.
  30. The skills we learn in Bushinkai can be practiced at home (for example Kata) so you can easily maintain your training without expensive equipment. 
  31. As well as self defence, we also study a range of weapons from classical Japanese, Chinese and Okinawan methods such as Sai, Bo, Katana, Jian, Dipdao, Tonfa, Nunchaku and Tanto.

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