Sifu David Keegan awarded 5th Dan

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.”

David Keegan's 5th Dan grade signed by Shihan Hutchinson

David Keegan’s 5th Dan grade signed by Shihan Hutchinson

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:

Jim Blundell whose brother Bernie was Dave's first Jujutsu teacher in 1959

Jim Blundell whose brother Bernie was Dave’s first Jujutsu teacher in 1959

over 40 years ago Dave used to go training with Sensei Andy Sherry's Red Triangle in the park (as Peter Hignott 1st Dan was a good friend)

over 40 years ago Dave used to go training with Sensei Andy Sherry’s Red Triangle in the park (as Peter Hignott 1st Dan was a good friend)

As a corporal with the duke of Lancaster's own (he inspected by the queen) he was taught Kobudo by a drill sergeant

As a corporal with the duke of Lancaster’s own (he inspected by the queen) he was taught Kobudo by a drill sergeant

Sifu David Keegan in Chinaalmost 30 years ago with best friend John Barrie, a 1st Dan under Sensei Enoeda

Sifu David Keegan in China almost 30 years ago with best friend John Barrie, a 1st Dan under Sensei Enoeda

teaching me Tai Chi around 17 years ago

teaching son Simon Tai Chi around 17 years ago

The guy who came second must have mastered levitation! Europe Chinese Martial Arts Championships, Dave having a laugh with another competitor and the mayor of Shanghai

The guy who came second must have mastered levitation! Europe Chinese Martial Arts Championships, Dave having a laugh with another competitor and the mayor of Shanghai

myself and dad with our classmates Alan and Graham at euro championships in about 2000

Simon and Dave with classmates Alan and Graham at euro championships in about 2000

Performing yang style sword

Performing yang style sword

Simon and Dave during their 3rd Dan gradings with Reiner Parsons

Simon and Dave during their 3rd Dan gradings with Reiner Parsons

Dave with two of his Japanese teachers

2005: Dave with two of his Japanese teachers Yoshida and Tose

Dai nippon butokukai UK headquarters

Dai nippon butokukai UK headquarters

Teaching at Empire Judo and Iaido club

Teaching at Empire Judo and Iaido club

Simon and Dave working qin na

Simon and Dave working qin na

as technical director for Chinese martial arts

as technical director for Chinese martial arts

Dave shares his skills with other arts

Dave shares his skills with other arts

Dave has trained with Bob Carruthers in Filipino stickfighting, Japanese Iaido, Okinawan Karate, and more. Bob awarded him 4th Dan in 2007

Dave has trained with Bob Carruthers in Filipino stickfighting, Japanese Iaido, Okinawan Karate, and more. Bob awarded him 4th Dan in 2007

Putting the Jian skills to the test

Putting the Jian skills to the test

2013: David Keegan performing an Iaido demo for a Japanese festival

2013: David Keegan performing an Iaido demo for a Japanese festival

awarded a hand painted kanji by Hanshi Tattersall 9th Dan

awarded a hand painted kanji by Hanshi Tattersall 9th Dan

Yang style family: Shikon head Steve Rowe, Metal Tiger headteacher David Keegan and Bushinkai chief instructor Simon Keegan

2014: Yang style family: Shikon head Steve Rowe, Metal Tiger headteacher David Keegan and Bushinkai chief instructor Simon Keegan

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