Bushinkai class roundup

Karate, Jujutsu & Kobudo Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu is a complete system of martial arts blending the Karate and Kobudo of Okinawa (otherwise called Toshu Jutsu) with the Jujutsu of southwestern Japan (also called Hakuda). It is the perfect system for self defence. The class also makes study of Nihon Jujutsu (Tokyo area Jujutsu), Aikido…

Henri Plee 10th dan (1923-2014)

Henri Plee, the father of European Karate has died. Plee set up Europe’s very first Karate clubs in 1956 after his colleagues Jean “Jim” Alcheik and Claude Urvois studied the art under Minoru Mochizuki in Shizuoka. Plee was a 3rd Dan Judo instructor at the time and so brought over Hiroo Mochizuki (now 9th dan…

Hironori Ohtsuka: Karate & Jujutsu pioneer

A look at the Karate of Hironori Ohtsuka (10th Dan Meijin, Kokusai Budoin). Founder of Wado Ryu Karate The Okinawan art of Karate Jutsu (previously Toshu Jutsu) was introduced to mainland Japan by Okinawan Gichin Funakoshi and his Okinawan assistant Makoto Gima. Among the earliest Japanese students was Hironori Ohtsuka, also a master of Jujutsu.…

Bushinkai: Authentic study in the traditional martial arts

Bushinkai is based in the heart of Manchester City centre and teaching self defence based practical martial arts that are also completely authentic and traditional. We do not teach the latest fads, just tried and tested Karate, Jujutsu and other arts. The Bushinkai Academy holds regular classes in Karate/Jujutsu/Kobudo and also has seminars in Aikido,…

Bushinkai renews support for Kokusai Budoin UK

Kokusai Budoin is the oldest and most respected Japanese martial arts fraternity in the world. Its members have included Karate masters like Hirokazu Kanazawa, Hironori Ohtsuka and Gogen Yamaguchi; Judo master like Kyuzo Mifune and Aikido masters like Minoru Mochizuki, kenji Tomiki and Gozo Shioda, as well as grandmaster Kisshomaru Ueshiba. Its Iaido and Kendo…

Hirokazu Kanazawa awarded title of Meijin

After writing my previous blog article on Kanazawa Sensei I discovered a piece of news I thought worthy of its own news story. Hirokazu Kanazawa has been awarded the status of Meijin (which may be translated as man of enlightened reputation) by the hereditary Shogun of Japan, and the great grandson of the last ruling…