A roundup of the last 18 months for the Bushinkai Academy…
In December 2012 I travelled to the legendary Honbu Dojo of the Shobukan Karate Organisation where Chew Choo Soot gave his famous Budokan seminar and I was awarded 5th Dan by headteacher PAJ Handyside 8th Dan. In February 2003, David Keegan, myself, Ben Gaunt 1st Dan and Graham Winstanley 4th Kyu attended a seminar with Shikon head Sifu Steve Rowe 8th Dan where he taught based on the principles of Karate and Tai Chi. The seminar was also attended by Shihan Handyside and Master Alfie Lewis.
In around March 2013 I was interviewed for Martial Arts Illustrated by Alfie Lewis, 18 years after first meeting him on the FSK/WKA circuit. The magazine ran seven feature pages and a front cover mention – so a big thanks to Bob Sykes for his generous (unpaid for) coverage of our system.
Shihan Handyside also visited our Dojo for classes and gradings including teaching this session below:
Next Alfie invited us to perform a demo at his Fight Night in Liverpool in around May 2013. We were the only club invited to demo that evening so a great honour. Sam Bainbridge, Claus Hansen and I gave an impromptu Jujutsu demo, Kicki Holm gave a wonderful performance of Empi and David Keegan performed the Tai Chi sword which delighted the spectators.
In July we had a grading where Dan Sanchez became the first Bushinkai student to be awarded 2nd Dan in Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu.
In November 2013 we did another demo, this time for Doki Doki Japanese Festival. Sam, Ben Gaunt and I performed a Jujutsu demo, I gave a Karate demo of kata Meikyo, Kicki performed Gankaku and David Keegan performed Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido.
In February 2014 we attended another super seminar with Steve Rowe, hosted by Alfie Lewis – the hospitality and training wonderful.
In April 2014 was another Bushinkai grading as Sam and Claus were awarded 5th Kyu blue belts, Josh and Andy were awarded 8th Kyu yellow belts.
Earlier in the year David Keegan was also awarded 5th Dan for his Metal Tiger Academy teachings by the TEMAA association and was warmly congratulated by Shikon instructors Steve Rowe and Phil Handyside.
In May I released my e-book The Lost Book of Kushanku which aims to give historical origins to Karate’s oldest forms. Lost Book of Kushanku has been read in over 100 countries.
If you would like to join the Bushinkai Academy and take part in our adventures, the Thursday evening class 8pm-9:30pm is the perfect place to start. See Class details here.
Bushinkai is an exciting club to be a part of so why not join us yourself and learn the art of Toshu Jutsu.