Self defence training for beginners and advanced

Through our Karate and Jujutsu school we teach an effective self defence method. Over the last 15 years of Bushinkai we have taught police, soldiers, doormen, fighters – as well as complete novices of all shapes and sizes. As well as learning the core basics such as stances, posture, strikes, blocks, throws and join manipulation,…

Thursday nights at Hakutora Academy Manchester

For a varied array of martial arts Thursday nights at Hakutora (Van Dang) in Manchester city centre offer a superb array of martial arts. In the main top floor Dojo from 6:30-8:00pm is Muay Thai and Wing Chun and from 8:00pm is this Bushinkai Academy teaching Karate, Jujutsu and Kobudo. Meanwhile in the studio next…

Hakutora product review: Athlete SAS bar

Walking into the Hakutora shop last week, I was given a bar of soap and told “try this!” At first I thought maybe my personal hygiene was being questioned but actually my good friend Mr John Dang was just recommending a product that has been formulated with the martial artist in mind. If you do…

Bushinkai: Traditional Karate, Nihon Jujutsu, Kobudo, Iaido, Tai Chi

Bushinkai, teaching the traditional martial arts of Japan, Okinawa and China is a member of the UK branch of Japan’s most venerable Budo organisation that is headed by some of the senior Japanese masters in the world. Bushinkai student membership and grades are recognised by the Shikon organisation, under the main Karate and Wu Shu governing bodies. Bushinkai…

The Bushinkai Hombu: Inside Hakutora Academy

The Hakutora Academy (Van Dang Martial Arts) has been the North West’s top martial arts centre for over 30 years. Each of the instructors are certified with lineage in their specialist arts. Here are some of the classes and instructors inside: Jeet Kune Do with Steve Powell Chinese Kickboxing with John Dang BJJ and Capoeira with…

History of British Karate and Jujutsu

The first Englishman to be made a Samurai was William Adams (read his Wikipedia page) in the 1600s. But Adams was a one-off. He did not begin an Anglo-Japanese tradition. The English-Japanese tradition of the 1600s began and ended with Adams. It was not until the late 1800s that Japanese sharing their culture with Brits…