A look at the two primary influences on Bushinkai’s Karate system, Shobukan Karate and Nisseikai Karate. The Bushinkai system is called Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu and the Ryuha (family transmission) is called Sakugawa Ryu. Bushinkai is run by Simon Keegan (5th Dan Renshi), an eighth generation martial artist, who has trained with many different teachers, but he considers the two biggest influences to be Shobukan and Nisseikai.
Shobukan Karate is derived from Shotokan and Budokan Karate.
Shobukan Karate was established by Shihan PAJ Handyside 8th Dan who has over 51 years in the martial arts. Among his teachers were Shotokan instructors Tomita, Kobara and Kato but his biggest influence was Hirokazu Kanazawa 10th Dan. Not only did Kanazawa Sensei train under the founder of Shoto Ryu, Gichin Funakoshi and masters like Masatoshi Nakayama he also travelled to Okinawa where he studied with Shorin Ryu masters Chibana and Higa and also studied Yang style Tai Chi.
Another of Mr Handyside’s mentors was Malaysian Budokan founder Chew Choo Soot 10th Dan whose style was derived from the teachings of Okinawan master Kanken Toyama who may be considered a Tomari Te practitioner. For more information click here Kanken Toyama.
Bushinkai chief instructor Simon Keegan trained for eight years under Sensei Steve Bullough (grading 1st Dan) who had studied both Shotokan and Budokan Karate and then Simon studied for around 12 years, first with Sensei Bob Carruthers (grading 2nd Dan) and then with Bob’s teacher Shihan Handyside (grading 5th Dan). Simon therefore trained for 20 years in Shobukan/Shotokan/Budokan based styles which was on top of his previous study of martial arts on an informal basis within his family boxing tradition.
For more information click here Shihan Handyside, Shobukan headteacher.
Nisseikai Karate is a Naha Te method derived from Goju Ryu Karate and Feeding Crane Quan Fa. It is headed by Tadanori Nobetsu 9th Dan (Hanshi) who was a student of Goju under masters like Yamaguchi and Asada but also trained with the Liu family lineage holders of Feeding Crane in Taiwan. Nobetsu Sensei was born in 1935 in Kyushu and in 1965 he established Niseikai in Ageo, Saitama Prefecture.
An interesting aspect of Liu family Shi He Quan is that the family had a book called “The Secret Shaolin Bronze Man Book” – apparently almost identical to the Bubishi.
Simon’s teacher Reiner Parsons (7th Dan Kyoshi) trained under many teachers including Morio Higaonna (10th Dan Goju Ryu), Kai Kuniyuki, Kazuo Sakai (Wado Ryu), Shizuya Sato (Wado Ryu and Nihon Jujutsu) and was also graded 6th Dan by Shoto Ryu headteacher Ikuo Higuchi. However his biggest influence is Nobetsu Sensei.
In 2014 Nobetsu Hanshi is Chief Director of Kokusai Budoin, IMAF, Japan’s oldest martial arts fraternity.
Manchester Karate Class:
Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu (Karate & Jujutsu)
Thursday Evening 8-9:30. Price £6
Van Dang Martial Arts, 12 Newton Street
Chief Instructor: Simon Keegan 5th Dan
Instructors: Kicki Holm 2nd Dan, Dan Sanchez 2nd Dan
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Bushinkai head Simon Keegan graded:
- 10th kyu to 1st Dan under Steve Bullough (Bushido – previously studied Shotokan, Budokan and others)
- 2nd Dan under Bob Carruthers (Shotokan/Shobukan)
- 3rd Dan under Reiner Parsons (Nisseikai/Shoto Ryu)
- Renshi (4th Dan) under a panel including Reiner Parsons (Shoto Ryu)
- 5th Dan under Shihan Handyside (Shobukan/Shotokan/Budokan)