Karate heritage and lineage

Bushinkai has been established as a Karate school for 15 years and its heritage goes back hundreds of years. Bushinkai is a member of the British branch of Kokusai Budoin, the oldest and most venerable Japanese martial arts fraternity in the world which includes some of the highest ranking Karate grandmasters in the world. These masters have included Hironori Ohtsuka, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Ikuo Higuchi, Kazuo Sakai, Gogen Yamaguchi and Tadanori Nobetsu.

The system we teach is called Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu which has influences from many arts including Nisseikai Karate Nihon Jujutsu and Aikido – but at the core of it is Shoto Ryu Karate. This article explains the rich heritage of our school.

Shobukan – our parent school

Bushinkai headteacher Simon Keegan was graded to 5th Dan by Shihan PAJ Handyside 8th Dan and was previously taught by one of Shihan’s senior students from many years ago, Shihan Bob Carruthers 7th Dan.

Shobukan was established 40 years ago. Shihan Handyside was taught by masters such as Hirokazu Kanazawa (10th Dan Meijin Kokusai Budoin) who graded him to 1st Dan and Grandmaster Chew Choo Soot (10th Dan) who graded him to 2nd Dan. Kanazawa Soke is one of the few Shotokan masters alive to have trained with Gichin Funakoshi. He has also studied Shorin Ryu Karate, Judo and Yang style Tai Chi. Grandmaster Chew’s Budokan Karate is derived from the teachers of Kanken Toyama. Bushinkai and Shobukan are members of Sifu Steve Rowe’s Shikon International, in turn members of the main British and worldwide governing bodies for Karate and Kung Fu.

Shobukan lineage:

Tode Sakugawa
Sokon Matsumura
Anko Azato
Gichin Funakoshi
Hirokazu Kanazawa
Shihan Handyside
Simon Keegan

Kokusai Budoin Karate

Bushinkai is a part of Kokusai Budoin UK. The chief director is Tadanori Nobetsu (9th Dan Goju Ryu) the founding headteacher of Nisseikai Karate and the vice chief director is Ikuo Higuchi (9th Dan Shoto Ryu) headteacher of Gima-ha Shoto Ryu Karate.

Kokusai Budoin was established shortly after the second world war and has included the senior grandmasters of Shotokan, Goju Ryu and Wado Ryu Karate. Kokusai Budoin membership gives us a direct link to the art’s origins in Japan.

Bushinkai head Simon Keegan was graded up to 3rd Dan in Kokusai Budoin Japan. He was graded by Reiner Parsons Kyoshi who was in turn graded by Ikuo Higuchi.

Higuchi’s teacher Makoto Gima was the first man to ever be awarded a black belt in Karate (by Gichin Funakoshi) and the first to ever be awarded the high grade of 10th Dan (by Kanken Toyama).

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A family boxing tradition

Bushinkai head Simon, his father David Keegan, and his great uncle Bill Nelson were all blackbelts but the martial arts tradition goes back further. Simon’s great great grandfather was a Swedish Royal Navy sailor born in 1866 who taught his sons and grandsons how to box. It is believed he was also taught to box by his father and grandfather. His great grandfather was a member of the Swedish East India Trading Company who lived and worked in Okinawa at a time when exports vessels came under the protection of Karate master Tode Sakugawa,

Family lineage:

Nils (working with Tode Sakugawa in Okinawa in 1790s)
Johannes Nilsson
Nils Johann Nilsson
August Nilsson
William Henry Nelson
Charles James Nelson and William Henry Nelson (grandfather and great uncle of Simon Keegan)

Kata taught in the system (Okinawan name given, Japanese name in parenthesis)

Pinan Nidan (Heian Shodan)
Pindan Shodan (Heian Nidan)
Pinan Sandan (Heian Sandan)
Pinan Yondan (Heian Yondan)
Pinan Godan (Heian Godan)
Naihanchi (Tekki Shodan)
Passai (Bassai Dai)
Kushanku (Kanku Dai)
Wansu (Empi)
Matsukaze (Wankan)
Niseishi (Nijushiho)
Bassai Sho
Kanku Sho
Jutte
Rohai (Meikyo)
Gojushiho

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