An introduction to our Karate classes

An introduction to the Karate & Jujutsu of the Bushinkai Academy.

The basic information:

Bushinkai Karate classes are 8pm-9:30pm on Thursday evenings at the Hakutora Academy, Van Dang Martial Arts, Newton Street, Manchester. The class is suitable for anybody over 16 whether beginner, intermediate or advanced.

The style:

Our system Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu represents the “trunk” of Karate not just the branches. It is Karate in its original combat context. The system is closely related to Shobukan Karate which combines Shotokan and Budokan.

From a practical point of view how is the style effective?

Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu (HKTJ) is a complete Karate/Jujutsu method that teaches all fighting ranges from punches and kicks, to elbows, knees and headbutts, to throws, locks, groundwork, chokes, submissions and weapons. We teach acccording to The Bushinkai Method of Self Defence which is based on The Three Sciences:

1) The Science of Violence
2) The Science of Technique
3) The Science of Learning

As a Karate method HKTJ uses reality based combat bunkai (such as grappling, chokes, pressure points) as applications for the kata. We also teach Okinawan flow drills, Chinese push hands and other drills lost from Japanese Karatedo.

Is the style recognised?

Yes. Bushinkai is affiliated to Shobukan Karate Organisation and Shikon Martial Arts which are affiliated to the World Union of Karatedo Federations (world governing body), and the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts. Bushinkai is also a founder member of the United Kingdom Budo Federation.

Does the style have kata:

Yes the repertoire of forms are 90% standard across styles like Shoto Ryu, Shotokan, Shorin Ryu, Matsubayashi Ryu, Wado Ryu and Kobasyashi Ryu. The kata we teach are:

  • Heian Shodan (also called Pinan Nidan)
  • Heian Nidan (also called Pinan Shodan)
  • Heian Sandan (Pinan Sandan)
  • Heian Yodan (Pinan Yodan)
  • Heian Godan (Pinan Godan)
  • Gekisai Dai (Fukyugata)
  • Tekki Shodan (also called Naihanchi)
  • Bassai Dai (Passai, Patsai, Bazi Da)
  • Empi (Wansu, Wanshu)
  • Kanku Dai (Kushanku, Kusankun)
  • Wankan (Matsukaze)
  • Matsu
  • Jutte
  • Nijushiho (Niseishi)
  • Hangetsu (Seisan, Seishan)
  • Bassai Sho (Passai Gwa)
  • Kanku Sho (related to Chatanyara Kushanku)
  • Meikyo (Rohei)
  • Gojushiho (Useishi)

Does the style use weapons? 

Yes they include Okinawan and Chinese weapons (Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu  – Emono Jutsu)

  • Rokushaku Bo
  • Sai
  • Nunchaku
  • Tonfa
  • Dipdao
  • Jian

Japanese weapons:

  • Jo
  • Tanjo
  • Tanto
  • Katana

Who are the instructors at the Manchester headquaters?

  • Simon Keegan 5th Dan
  • Dan Sanchez 2nd Dan
  • Kicki Holm 2nd Dan

Chief Instructor’s Credentials: Simon Keegan Renshi

  •  8th Generation Hereditary Headteacher of Sakugawa Ryu (Okinawan-Japanese martial arts lineage)
  • Pioneer of Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu
  • 5th Dan Shobukan Karate (World Union of Karatedo Federations)
  • 4th Dan Renshi Shoto Ryu Karate Jutsu/Jujutsu (Endorsed by head of Dai Nippon Butokukai)
  • 3rd Dan Nisseikai Karatedo (Kokusai Budoin, Japan)
  • 2nd Dan Nihon-den Jujutsu (Kokusai Budoin, Japan)
  • 2nd Dan Judo- Honourary (European Jujutsu Union, Kodokwan, Aiichi University)
  • 2nd Duan Kung Fu (Taiji Quan). Studied for 16 years.
  • Former Gold and Silver medallist – Karate (Kumite), Kobudo/Iaido (Kata), Kickboxing
  • Featured on cover of Martial Arts Illustrated and Traditional Karate
  • International Director: United Kingdom Budo Federation
  • Vice President: International Toshu Jutsu Federation
  • Founder member: English Karate Federation
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