Bushinkai Karate books: Historical studies on Toshu jutsu

A new book has been published on line that reveals the lost origins of Shotokan.

The Lost Book of Kushanku identifies a manuscript that was taken to Okinawa long before the Bubishi and influenced Karate from the 1700s.

This work identifies Chinese masters Kushanku and Iwah and sheds new light on where Shotokan/Shorin forms like Wansu/Kushanku/Passai/Pinan (Empi, Kanku, Bassai, Heian) came from.

The book has been written by Bushinkai chief instructor Simon Keegan. It has been read in over 50 countries, praised by 8th, 9th and 10th Dan Karate masters and established a lost link between Karate and the Chinese internal arts of Hsing-I, Tai Chi and Bagua. It also sheds new light on the origins of Jujutsu schools like Yoshin Ryu, Kito Ryu and Shingan Ryu.

Simon Keegan teaches a system called Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu, a system that was developed in tandem with this research. Heading an international school called the Bushinkai Academy, Simon’s work is published on this site.

An eighth generation martial artist, Simon has decades of experience in the Okinawan, Japanese and Chinese martial arts receiving his grades and training from the highest authorities.

He was admitted to Japan’s oldest martial arts fraternity the Kokusai Budoin (established in 1952) as a 2nd Dan in Hirokazu Kanazawa’s Shotokan Karate division and Shizuya Sato’s Nihon Jujutsu division.

Kokusai Budoin’s first chairman was Prince Kaya Tsunenori (uncle of Emperor Hirohito), and was followed by Japanese prime minister Prince Higashikuni. The current president who stamped Simon’s license is Tokugawa Yasuhisa the great-grandson of the 15th and final Shogun of Japan, Tokugawa Yoshinobu. Masters in the organisation include Hironori Ohtsuka, Gogen Yamaguchi and Minoru Mochizuki.

Training under masters like Reiner Parsons and his teacher Tadanori Nobetsu, who founded a style of Naha Te Karate based on both Goju Ryu and Feeding Crane Quan Fa, Simon progressed to the grade of 3rd Dan. After being awarded 4th Dan by the World Karate Association as a founder member of the English Karate Federation, Simon was awarded the title of Renshi, endorsed by the national director of the Dai Nippon Butokukai.

Previous recipients of the Renshi (“polished teacher”) from the 19th century-established Dai Nippon Butokukai include Shotokan founder Gichin Funakoshi and Goju Ryu founder Chojun Miyagi.

Simon was graded 5th Dan by the headteacher of Shobukan Karate, Shihan PAJ Handyside, who graded him in the same Dojo where he had been taught by Malaysian Budokan founder Chew Choo Soot.

Following on from the success of The Lost Book of Kushanku, Simon is researching a second study called The Lost Tiger of Canton which focusses on the origins of Goju Ryu, Uechi Ryu and Shorei Ryu in the tiger boxing systems of Guangdong and includes fascinating new evidence of the lost origins of forms like Seishan (Hangetsu).

Manchester Karate and Jujutsu classes are held at Van Dang Martial Arts, Manchester on Thursday evenings 8pm-9:30pm. Email kaicho@runbox.com for more details.


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