Sakugawa Ryu Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu: Traditional Karate style

Manchester Karate Class:

Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu (Karate & Jujutsu)
Thursday Evening 8-9:30. Price £6
Van Dang Martial Arts, 12 Newton Street
Manchester Piccadilly
Chief Instructor: Simon Keegan 5th Dan
Instructors: Kicki Holm 2nd Dan, Dan Sanchez 2nd Dan
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Hakuda is a term for old style southwestern Japanese Jujutsu. Toshu Jutsu is an old term for Shuri-based Karate. “Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu” brings together traditional Karate and Jujutsu methods in one effective system. The name of the Karate tradition is Sakugawa Ryu, named after Master Kanga Sakugawa.

Toshu Jutsu is taught by Renshi Simon Keegan (5th Dan World Union of Karatedo Federations) who is the hereditary headteacher of an eight generation family boxing tradition and also has decades of experience in several styles of Karate. Simon is the head of the Bushinkai Academy, teaching traditional Karate and Jujutsu for 15 years.

The Hombu Dojo (headquarters) of the Bushinkai Academy and for the Sakugawa Ryu of Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu is a three storey martial arts centre of excellence called Van Dang Martial Arts. This centre run by martial arts masters who understand the needs of teachers and students, is a welcoming home for anyone who wants to learn real Karate and Jujutsu.

Sakugawa apparently as an old man


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Sakugawa Ryu is a 250 year old Karate Ryu-ha. It dates back to around the 1780s when a Toshu Jutsu (also pronounced Karate Jutsu or Tode Jutsu) master named Kanga ‘Tode’ Sakugawa combined his studied of traditional Okinawan Te (which he learnt under Takahara Peichin with Chinese martial arts which he learnt under Wang Zong Yue. Sakugawa’s masterpiece was the kata we call Kushanku (or Kanku Dai in Shotokan). You can read more about Sakugawa’s studies under Wang Zong Yue in our internationally-acclaimed e-book The Lost Book of Kushanku. Sakugawa’s job was working on cargo ships. At the time in the 1780s, Simon Keegan’s great-great-great-great-great grandfather Nils, a Swedish sailor was also working in shipping in Okinawa – our Sakugawa family boxing tradition is detailed here: Sakugawa Ryu hereditary tradition. One of Sakugawa’s greatest students was Sokon Matsumura whose martial arts is investigated on this page: Bushi Matsumura.

Toshu Jutsu is taught today in the way that Sakugawa, Matsumura and Azato envisioned. It is taught with traditional weapons like Bo, Katana, Tonfa, Nunchaku and Sai, it is taught for self defence combat not sport.

Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu follows the tradition of Sakugawa-Matsumura-Azato-Funakoshi who called his tradition Shoto Ryu in the 1920s.

Funakoshi teaching bunkai, possibly for Tekki Shodan


Simon Keegan was awarded 4th Dan Renshi in Shoto Ryu, with his Renshi title endorsed by the same institution that presented it to Funakoshi. Simon has since been awarded 5th Dan in Shobukan Karate, a style which combines Kanazawa-ha Shotokan with Budokan (based on Kanken Toyama’s Itosu based Tomari Te).

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

Hirokazu Kanazawa

Senior International instructor Simon Keegan 5th Dan

Senior International instructor Simon Keegan 5th Dan

Simon was awarded his 5th Dan by Shihan Handyside, whose teacher Hirokazu Kanazawa 10th Dan was not only a student of Shoto Ryu founder Gichin Funakoshi but also trained with Itosu’s Shorin Ryu successor Chosin Chibana. Simon was awarded his Renshi title and previously up to 3rd Dan by Kyoshi Parsons who received his from Ikuo Higuchi (9th Dan Shoto Ryu) who teacher Makoto Gima was the first student awarded 1st Dan by Funakoshi and the first Karateka awarded 10th Dan (by Kanken Toyama).

Hirokazu Kanazawa and Simon Keegan performing Kanku Dai, the kata created by Tode Sakugawa:

Simon’s Sakugawa Ryu credentials are therefore from numerous sources including. 1) Hereditary tradition (ryuha keizu) 2) Shobukan lineage 3) Shoto Ryu lineage.

If you would like to study the skills of this traditional Karate method,

simply email or email our chief instructor directly on

Or you can always come along to one of our classes. Just wear comfortable training attire such as tracksuit, t-shirt and shorts or a Karate suit if you have one.

Fees are as follows:

  • Karate/Jujutsu lesson (90 minutes) £6
  • Tai Chi lesson (1 hour) £5
  • Full membership, license book and insurance (£30 for first year, £25 for subsequent years)

Class times:


Van Dang Martial Arts (Hakutora Dojo)
Newton Street Manchester




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