Sifu David Keegan who first studied martial arts in 1959, has been awarded the grade of 5th Dan after dedicating almost 20 years to the study of Yang Style Taii Quan.
He was awarded the 5th Dan grade, known in Chinese martial arts as Yinhu—wu duan: Silver Tiger by the directors of the United Kingdom Budo Federation and The Empire Martial Arts Association with the grade officially awarded by the president, Shihan Colin Hutchinson 6th dan who himself had received his Renshi title from the Dai Nippon Butokukai and previously graded under Japan’s Kokusai Budoin.
Dave had held the grade of 4th Dan since 2007 and prior to that had been awarded 3rd Dan in a grading by Reiner Parsons.
One his 5th Dan he was congratulated by Sifu Steve Rowe (head of Shikon, BCCMA, 8th Dan, student of Ma Lee Yang) who wrote: “Dave – Congratulations on your well deserved and long overdue 5th Dan. May your Martial Arts journey continue for many more years and extra Dans to come.”
Shihan Phil Handyside (head of Shobukan, student of Kanazawa and Soot, 8th Dan World Union of Karatedo Federations) also wrote: “Congratulations David from all at the SKO UK. No Better man deserves such an honour. Again Congratulations.”
Dave was congratulated by the head of the United States National Karate Association and a friend of Bruce Lee, Hanshi Jim Mather, who wrote: “Congratulations and best wishes, Keegan Sensei, from myself and the United States National Karate Association.”
And congratulations also came from the Dai Nippon Butokukai’s Shihan Trevor Gilbert of Kyokushin Karate who wrote: “Congratulations David, all good wishes and a big “osu!” from Trevor Gilbert!”
Here are some pictures from Keegan senior’s martial arts journey so far: