Bushinkai Karate: Two Primary influences

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.

My mentor Shihan Handyside with his mentor Hirokazu Kanazawa

Shobukan headteacher Shihan Handyside with his mentor Hirokazu Kanazawa

SHOBUKAN KARATE

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.

Mr Handyside (wearing hakama) on a seminar celebrating 40 years in martial arts. I am far right with Bob beside me

2003: Simon Keegan (then 2nd Dan) far right. with his sensei Bob Carruthers (then 5th Dan), next right and his sensei Phil Handyside (8th Dan), wearing hakama

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.

Chew Choo Soot

Malaysian Budokan grandmaster Chew Choo Soot 10th Dan

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.

Kanazawa pictured in Preston by Mr Handyside

Kanazawa pictured in Preston by Mr Handyside

Sadashige Kato photographed by Mr Handyside in 1964

Sadashige Kato photographed by Mr Handyside in 1964

Budokan grandmaster Chew Choo Soot teaching in the Jubilee club, Preston

Budokan grandmaster Chew Choo Soot teaching in the Jubilee club, Preston

Basics

Simon during his 5th dan grading with Shihan Handyside in the same club where Chew Choo Soot taught

A visit from Shihan Handyside 8th Dan

Simon as a 5th Dan training with Shihan Handyside 8th Dan

Shihan Handyside 8th Dan

Shihan Handyside 8th Dan

For more information click here Shihan Handyside, Shobukan headteacher.

NISSEIKAI KARATE

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.

My Nisseikai teacher Reiner Parsons and Tadanori Nobetsu who combined Goju Ryu with Taiwanese Feeding Crane

My Nisseikai teacher Reiner Parsons and Tadanori Nobetsu who combined Goju Ryu with Taiwanese Feeding Crane

Simon with Hanshi Nobetsu, master of Feeding Crane

Simon with Hanshi Nobetsu

Karate and white crane master Nobetsu. Simon is pictured in the front row, training in 2003

Karate and white crane master Nobetsu. Simon is pictured in the front row, training in 2003

Simon and Dave during their 3rd Dan gradings with Reiner Parsons

Simon and father Dave during their 3rd Dan gradings with Reiner Parsons

Bob Carruthers and Reiner Parsons: I've trained and graded under both of these karate teachers and learnt a lot from both

Simon with Bob Carruthers (formerly Shobukan) and Reiner Parsons (Nisseikai)

My Shotokan teacher Bob congratulating my Goju Ryu teacher Reiner on his 7th Dan

Bob congratulating Reiner on his 7th Dan and giving him Sai as a gift

Hanshi Tadanori Nobetsu 9th Dan

Hanshi Tadanori Nobetsu 9th Dan

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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
For more information email: kaicho@runbox.com

Notes:

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)
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