Bushinkai Heritage 3: Japanese

The Bushinkai Academy has a strong heritage and lineage in Okinawan, Japanese and Chinese martial arts and these cultures. In this third article we will look at our Japanese heritage. The purpose of these articles is to demonstrate the richness of our heritage in each tradition separately.

Simon, Sam and Ben's demo

Simon, Sam and Ben’s demo at Doki Doki Japanese Festival

Family heritage

Simon Keegan’s great uncle Bill Nelson commenced study of Nihon Jujutsu in 1945, training under Gerald Skyner, who taught under Mikonosuke Kawaishi. The style taught was Aikijujutsu, derived from Kawaishi’s studies under Yoshida Kotaro, senior student of 35th generation Daito Ryu grandmaster Sokaku Takeda. Simon’s other great uncle Ted Molloy was a master at arms in the Royal Navy who fought in Japan and China. Simon’s father and uncle (see further on Okinawan and Chinese articles) commenced study of Japanese martial arts in 1959. Paul Keegan was a member of the To-Ken Society and David Keegan has extensively studied Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu. Simon Keegan commenced study of Japanese martial arts in the mid 1980s, and in 1995 began studying with the Bushido Academy, learning various Japanese martial arts and grading 1st Dan in 1999.

Simon was accepted into Kokusai Budoin, Japan. His grade of 2nd Dan was endorsed by Shizuya Sato, he also trained under Mitsuhiro Kondo, was graded under Hirokazu Kanazawa and Ikuo Higuchi's Shotokan and Shotokai divisions and his license was signed by the hereditary Shogun, Mr Tokugawa Yasuhisa

Simon was accepted into Kokusai Budoin, Japan. His grade of 2nd Dan was endorsed by Shizuya Sato, he also trained under Mitsuhiro Kondo, was graded under Hirokazu Kanazawa and Ikuo Higuchi’s Shotokan and Shotokai divisions and his license was signed by the hereditary Shogun, Mr Tokugawa Yasuhisa

2nd Dan Nihon Jujutsu presented in 2002 by Kokusai Budoin, Japan

2nd Dan Nihon Jujutsu presented in 2002 by Kokusai Budoin, Japan

Bushinkai head Simon in 2002 studying the Japanese koryu of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu

Bushinkai head Simon in 2002 studying the Japanese koryu of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu

Visiting the treasures of the Tokugawa shrine

Visiting the treasures of the Tokugawa shrine

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

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

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