Sokon Matsumura: What did he actually teach?

Sokon Matsumura is arguably the most influential Karate master who ever lived. He taught masters like Itosu, Azato, Kyan, Motobu, Yabu and Funakoshi, his life spanned almost the entire 19th century. He is thought to have created kata like Bassai and Naihanchi and passed on forms like Channan, Kushanku, Gojushiho, Jutte, Chinto and Rohai. He…

Bushinkai mascot gets her first stripe

Poppy Keegan, daughter of Bushinkai chief instructor Simon and granddaughter of Metal Tiger Academy principal Dave passed her first grading today in Shito Ryu Karate. Bushinkai classes are adults-only, but luckily we know an excellent instructor nearby who does teach little ones – Sensei Julian Mallalieu and his wife Sharon. Julian has a great pedigree…

Manchester Karate: A bit of fun sparring

In Bushinkai we pride ourselves on strictly practical, combat based martial arts. But you have to have fun too right? So after class instructors Simon and Kicki had a “playfight” and an excuse to do those silly flying kicks that we never teach in class! All just in fun folks… Bushinkai class times: 8:00-9:30pm Thursdays…

Bushinkai Headteacher Simon Keegan

The Karate and Jujutsu style of Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu was formalised by Simon Keegan (Renshi) who holds several blackbelt grades including 5th Dan in Karate. This is not a new art that he has “invented” however but rather a faithful transmission of the traditional arts he has studied assimilated into one coherent curriculum. Simon has decades of…

Bushinkai: Now recruiting new students

Bushinkai teaches a Karate and Jujutsu system with a difference. Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu is the best of the old and the best of the new. it goes back to the days when Karate was a combat method not a sport. But it is also on the cutting edge of self defence. Classes are held:…

Where do the Karate kata come from?

The practitioners of Karate can be arranged in a pyramid. Go back to about 1700 and there’s two or three Karate practitioners we know the name of (Hama Higa, Takahara), go to about 1750 and there’s a few more, like Sakugawa, Yara, members of the Kojo family, members of the Motobu family. Go to the…

Happy Father’s Day from Bushinkai

Bushinkai’s chief instructor Simon Keegan went to visit his dad, Metal Tiger Academy headteacher David Keegan for Father’s Day, taking along five year old Poppy and nine month old Edward. Of course a family gathering wouldn’t be a family gathering without some martial arts, so here is three generations in their Karate Gi having a…