Authentic Japanese & Okinawan Martial Arts

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ABOUT THE ARTS:

KARATE & KOBUDO

The Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu system is comprised of Okinawan Karate (Ryukyu Kempo Toshu Jutsu) and southwestern Japanese Jujutsu (Hakuda Kempo) as well as Okinawan and Japanese Kobudo. It is heavily influenced by the Shotokan Karate of Hirokazu Kanazawa 10th Dan IMAF (director student of Shoto founder Gichin Funakoshi and also a student of Tai Chi and Shorin Ryu Karate) and also by the Goju Ryu Karate of Nisseikai founder Tadanori Nobetsu 9th Dan IMAF. Bushinkai headteacher Simon Keegan was graded 5th Dan Shotokan by Shihan PAJ Handyside who was in turn a student of Kanazawa Sensei. And Bushinkai instructor Kicki was graded directly by Kanazawa Sensei. Prior to this Simon and Bushinkai instructor Dan trained under Reiner Parsons, a student of Nobetsu Hanshi. The Bushinkai method (Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu) has the forms of Shotokan with the internal power of Nisseikai. Other influences include Budokan Karate, Taiji Quan, Hsing-I Quan, Aikido, Aikijujutsu, and Shito Ryu Karate. The Jujutsu in this system is reminiscent of the Chinese influenced schools such as Yoshin Ryu and Yagyu Shingan Ryu. Weapons studied include Bo, Nunchaku, Tonfa and Sai. Simon Keegan has published several international research papers on Karate history.
Classes: Thursday 8pm-9:30pm, Van Dang Martial Arts, Manchester. Price £6

Simon with Hanshi Nobetsu, master of Feeding Crane

Simon Keegan (5th Dan Renshi) and Tadanori Nobetsu (9th Dan Hanshi)

NIHON JUJUTSU 

Nihon Jujutsu simply means Japanese Jujutsu (as opposed to say Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). The art of Jujutsu refers to unarmed or lightly armed schools of combat. Takenouchi Ryu, Tenshin Shinyo Ryu and Daito Ryu are excellent examples. With the end of the Samurai class, Budo like Judo, Aikido and Karatedo became more popular than the old Ryu and many died out or instead mishmash styles of western “Goshin Jutsu” were taught as Jujutsu, One of the great masters of the 20th century was Minoru Mochizuki (10th Dan Aikido 9th Dan Nihon Jujutsu IMAF)  of the Yoseikan school. He and others like Jun Osano and Shizuya Sato took the advanced teaching methodology of Judo and Aikido and set out specific quality controlled syllabus for the art of Nihon Jujutsu. When Bushinkai headteacher Simon Keegan joined IMAF in 2003 as a 2nd Dan in Jujutsu, it was on a seminar with Mitsuhiro Kondo 9th Dan (student of Minoru Mochizuki) and Simon studied and honed his skills in Jujutsu being recognised in Nihon Jujutsu by Shizuya Sato. Alongside empty handed Jujutsu the art also includes small weapons like the Tanto and Tanjo.
Regular Nihon Jujutsu classes are currently cancelled but the art is taught on seminars

Inside the Bushinkai Dojo

Portrait of Nihon Jujutsu grandmaster Shizuya Sato hangs in our Dojo

IAIDO

The art of drawing and cutting with the Japanese sword is taught in many Koryu (old Samurai traditions) schools including Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu. When our school became affiliated with Kokusai Budoin IMAF in 2003, headteachers Simon and David Keegan both had years of experience in Japanese and Chinese swordsmanship, but through IMAF David Sensei was introduced to the Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu school. In England he trained with a student of UK Iaido branch director Renshi John Lovatt and then in Europe with Dr Elizabeth Noisier before training in Belgium and France with masters like Keiji Tose and others such as Hara and Yoshida. He also received personal tuition and friendship from Hanshi Allan Tattersall (8th Dan Iaido with Dai Nippon Butokukai and student of great Iaido master Haruna) who was affiliated directly to the Soke (grandmaster) of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu.
Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido is taught on seminars and Azato-ha Kenjutsu is taught as part of Kobudo classes 

Dave with two of his Japanese teachers

David Keegan with Hanshi Tose and Hanshi Yoshida

BUSHINKAI INSTRUCTORS IN AUTHENTIC JAPANESE & OKINAWAN MARTIAL ARTS

Senior International Instructor (Karate & Nihon Jujutsu)
SIMON KEEGAN RENSHI

Senior International instructor Simon Keegan 5th Dan

Senior International instructor Simon Keegan 5th Dan Renshi

  • 5th Dan Karate (graded by Shihan PAJ Handyside 8th Dan, student of Hirokazu Kanazawa 10th Dan IMAF)
  • 4th Dan Renshi Shoto Ryu Karate & Jujutsu (“Polished teacher” shogo endorsed by national director of Dai Nippon Butokukai)
  • Previously held Kokusai Budoin IMAF grades of 3rd Dan (graded by Reiner Parsons Kyoshi 7th Dan) and 2nd Dan Nihon Jujutsu (authenticated by Shizuya Sato 10th Dan)
  • Trained under Japanese masters such as Shizuya Sato (Hanshi 10th Dan IMAF), Tadanori Nobetsu (Hanshi 9th Dan IMAF) and Mitsuhiro Kondo (Hanshi 9th Dan IMAF)
  • In 2015 celebrates 15 years running Bushinkai Academy and 20 years formal study of Shotokan-Budokan Karate on top of previous study

Senior International Instructor (Tai Chi & Iaido)
DAVID KEEGAN RENSHI

David Keegan demo with Japanese sword

David Keegan 5th Dan is adept with both Japanese and Chinese sword and heads several association divisions

  • 5th Dan Taiji Quan (awarded by UK Directors of United Kingdom Budo Federation & TEMAA, headed by Colin Hutchinson 6th Dan, 5th Dan IMAF)
  • Studied Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu with masters such as Keiji Tose (9th Dan IMAF), Hara, Yoshida and Noissier (6th Dan IMAF)
  • Invited to teach Iaido at an international Japanese festival
  • Has lived and worked in the Far East and trained with a number of Chinese, Japanese and Filipino grandmasters
  • In 2015 it is around 55 years since he first commenced study of Jujutsu

National Instructor (Karate)
KICKI HOLM SENSEI

Kicki Holm demonstrating the final move of Matsu

Kicki Holm 2nd Dan, a student of Hirokazu Kanazawa and a world champion

  • 2nd Dan Shotokan Karate – graded directly by Hirokazu Kanazawa (10th Dan IMAF)
  • Member of Danish national Karate team
  • Has won several gold and silver medals in world championships

Regional Instructor (Karate & Jujutsu)
DAN SANCHEZ SENSEI

Bushinkai grappling coach Dan watches the fighters

Jujutsu specialist Dan Sanchez

  • 2nd Dan Karate & Nihon Jujutsu
  • Studied Karate for over 10 years
  • Has trained under several Jiu Jitsu world champions

PICTURES OF OUR TRAINING IN KARATE, KOBUDO, NIHON JUJUTSU AND IAIDO

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

Nobetsu Hanshi. Simon is pictured in the front row, training in 2003

Performing kata Meikyo

Simon performing kata Meikyo, the most advanced form of the Tomari Te kata at a Japanese festival

Bushinkai head Simon in 2002 studying the Japanese koryu of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu

Bushinkai head Simon in 2002 studying the Japanese koryu of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu

Simon during his 3rd Dan grading with Reiner Parsons Kyoshi

Simon during his 3rd Dan IMAF grading with Reiner Parsons Kyoshi

Simon during his 5th Dan Shotokan grading

Simon during his 5th Dan Shotokan grading

Simon's mentor Shihan Handyside with his mentor Hirokazu Kanazawa  10th Dan IMAF

Simon’s mentor Shihan Handyside with his mentor Hirokazu Kanazawa 10th Dan IMAF

Simon's teacher Kyoshi Reiner Parsons 7th Dan with his teacher Hanshi Tadanori Nobetsu 9th Dan IMAF

Simon’s teacher Kyoshi Reiner Parsons 7th Dan with his teacher Hanshi Tadanori Nobetsu 9th Dan IMAF

David Keegan performing Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu

David Keegan performing Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu

David awarded a hand painted kanji by Hanshi Tattersall 9th Dan Dai Nippon Butokukai

David awarded a hand painted kanji by Hanshi Tattersall 9th Dan Dai Nippon Butokukai

Simon Keegan (now 5th Dan) as a 2nd Dan Nihon jujutsu wearing IMAF badge in Poland

Simon Keegan (now 5th Dan) as a 2nd Dan Nihon jujutsu wearing IMAF badge in Poland

Simon and Kicki

Simon and Kicki

Simon performing kata:

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