Focus: Shobukan headteacher Shihan P Handyside 8th Dan – 50 years in the martial arts

Shihan Philip Handyside (8th Dan) is the headteacher of Shobukan Karate and a great friend and supporter of Bushinkai. This page is a tribute to his 50 plus years in the martial arts.

Shihan began his studies in Judo/Jujutsu with Richard Butterworth who introduced the arts to Preston in 1954. It was not the art of Jujutsu that really captivated the young Phil Handyside – it was Karate, specifically a demonstration by Sadashige Kato who then held the extremely high grade (at the time) of 5th Dan.

DISCOVERING THE ART OF SHOTOKAN KARATE WITH A JAPANESE MASTER

Sadashige Kato photographed by Mr Handyside in 1964

Sadashige Kato photographed by Mr Handyside in 1964

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Sadashige Kato photographed by Mr Handyside in 1964

Even as a white belt Phil Handyside looked pretty deadly

Even as a white belt Phil Handyside looked pretty deadly

1960S JKA TRAINING

Phil took his coloured belt grades in the early 1960s under the very headquarters of Shotokan Karate – the Japan Karate Association (JKA) which was represented in this country by the KUGB led by masters like Kanazawa and Enoeda. With the headquarters mostly in London and Liverpool, Phil found a teacher whose class he could travel to – named Cyril Cummins (now an 8th Dan). His Shotokan grades in the 1960s therefore were recognised by the superpower of Shotokan in the world directly under Masatoshi Nakayama’s JKA Headquarters.

Here are some pictures of Mr Handyside on his early Karate journey from white belt to black belt:

Phil (in black) training with Cyril Cummins

Phil (in black) training with Cyril Cummins

Phil as a greenbelt circa 1970

Phil as a greenbelt circa 1970

Showing Yoko Tobi geri

Showing Yoko Tobi geri

In 1974, Mr Handyside established the Red Sun Karate Club which later became the Shobukan Karate Organisation… In the early 1970s high grades were still very rare and it was common to begin teaching before black belt.

Phil as a purple belt early 1970s

Phil as a purple belt early 1970s

As a purple belt in 1974

As a purple belt in 1974

 BLACKBELT IN SHOTOKAN KARATE UNDER HIROKAZU KANAZAWA

In 1975 mr Handyside left the KUGB/JKA and joined the SKI Under Hirokazu Kanazawa Sensei then 7th Dan, Asano Sensei then 6th Dan, Kawazowe then 5th Dan, and H Tomita then 4th Dan. He was awarded his 1st Dan by Kanazawa Hanshi.

Hirokazu Kanazawa (10th Dan IMAF) Founder of Shotokan Karate International

Hirokazu Kanazawa (10th Dan IMAF) Founder of Shotokan Karate International

Kanazawa pictured in Preston by Mr Handyside

Kanazawa pictured in Preston by Mr Handyside

Kanazawa pictured in Preston by Mr Handyside

Kanazawa pictured in Preston by Mr Handyside

To this day Mr Handyside considers Kanazawa Sensei to be his greatest influence.

My mentor Shihan Handyside with his mentor Hirokazu Kanazawa

Shihan Handyside with his mentor Hirokazu Kanazawa

KARATE BUDOKAN AND THE BIRTH OF SHOBUKAN

In 1977 as a 1st Dan in Shotokan Karate and having studied the martial arts around 14 years, Handyside Sensei sought out another master, this time the Malaysian grandmaster Chew Choo Soot.

He escorted Grandmaster Chew around the North West to promote Budokan Karate from Malaysia. Now recognised by WUKO, but in those days outside the Governing Body.

He gained 2nd Dan with the KBI, and after organising the KBI World Open Championships in 1979 at the Preston Guild Hall. 

Budokan grandmaster Chew Choo Soot teaching in the Jubilee club, Preston

Budokan grandmaster Chew Choo Soot teaching in the Jubilee club, Preston

The combination of Shotokan and Budokan (and of course Jujutsu, Kobudo and other arts) led to a unique and dynamic method of Karate called Shobukan.

SHOBUKAN KARATE ORGANISATION: THE 1970S TO 1990S

The distinctive white jacket and black hakama of Phil Handyside

The distinctive white jacket and black hakama of Phil Handyside

The Shobukan club in 1977

The Shobukan club in 1977

Phil Handyside in around 1980

Phil Handyside in around 1980 as a 3rd Dan with the British Isles Karate Association

A powerful 1980s breaking demo by Shihan Handyside

A powerful 1980s breaking demo by Shihan Handyside

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National newspaper coverage following a cutting demo assisted by snooker world champion Steve Davis

National newspaper coverage following a cutting demo assisted by snooker world champion Steve Davis

A Wigan club was established in the late 1970s headed by Bob Carruthers and early students included Steve Lowe (now 6th Dan with World Kobukan Federation) and Peter Lee Bibby (now 5th Dan and a leading referee with the World Karate Federation) as well as Steve Brennan (later 4th Dan Karate Jutsu), Bob Carruthers is currently 7th Dan Karate and a teacher of Filipino stickfighting.

Bob Carruthers being awarded his 1st Dan circa 1983, Mr Handyside is seated far right

Bob Carruthers being awarded his 1st Dan circa 1983, Mr Handyside is seated far right

When Mr Handyside returned to Shotokan he had to retake 2nd Dan and Gain 3rd Dan under the British Isles Karate Association. He later took 4th Dan and was tested for 5th Dan by Sensei Terry Stuart and Sensei Dicky Wu of the IKA.

Bob Carruthers split from Shobukan as a 2nd Dan and joined UKASKO and later KYR in 2000.

Mr Handyside with his senior student Chris Radcliffe

Mr Handyside with his senior student Chris Radcliffe

Mr Handyside has been a staunch instructor within Steve Rowe’s Shikon organisation for many years, gaining the Shihan grades of 6th Dan, 7th Dan and 8th Dan.

2003: 40 years in the martial arts

Shihan Handyside 8th Dan

Shihan Handyside 8th Dan

Me (far right), Bob next to me and Shihan Handyside in hakama in 2003

Shihan Handyside in hakama in 2003. Also pictured Simon Keegan (far right), Bob Carruthers (next right), Lee Bibby (next right)

I trained on this course in 2003 and was very impressed by Shihan Handyside’s skills and demeanour. Bob Carruthers was my teacher at the time, so meeting his teacher was an honour.

2013: 50 years in martial arts

Today Shihan Handyside is not only the head of the international Shobukan Karate Organisation (SKO) he is also a mentor to the Bushinkai Academy.

Shihan Handyside 8th Dan visiting our Dojo

Shihan Handyside 8th Dan visiting our Dojo

Mentor: With Shihan Handyside

Simon Keegan with Shihan Handyside

Ben with Shihan Handyside 8th Dan

Even as a 50 year veteran 8th Dan, Shihan Handyside is still happy to get on the mat and train. Here he is pictured with Bushinkai student Ben who he paired up with on Steve Rowe’s recent Shikon seminar

Steve Rowe, Phil Handyside, Simon Keegan, Alfie Lewis

Steve Rowe, Phil Handyside, Simon Keegan, Alfie Lewis

Having just passed my 5th Dan

Simon Keegan beside Shobukan Red Sun instructors Andy Harrison and Chris Radcliffe having just graded 5th Dan under Shihan Handyside

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