The chief instructor of Bushinkai is Simon Keegan who teaches every week at the Hombu. Simon is the senior Shotokan Karate instructor recognised by Kokusai Budoin UK, the British branch of Japan’s oldest martial arts fraternity. The Kokusai Budoin includes masters like Hirokazu Kanazawa, Tadanori Nobetsu and Keiji Tose and has previously counted among its members Gogen Yamaguchi, Kyuzo Mifune, Hironori Ohtsuka and many more. he holds the title of Renshi (polished teacher) only awarded by organisations like Dai Nippon Butokukai and Kokusai Budoin and previously held by the likes of Gichin Funakoshi.
In addition to Karate. Simon holds blackbelt grades in Nihon Jujutsu (authentically Japanese Jujutsu recognised by grandmaster Shizuya Sato), Judo and Taiji Quan. He has graded on the mat up to 5th Dan and has decades of training in the traditional martial arts. He has trained with some of the world’s leading grandmasters including Tadanori Nobetsu, Shizuya Sato, Mitsuhiro Kondo, Li De Yin and many leading western exponents.
Simon teaches a practical self defence based approach to Karate called Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu.
Among the styles that have influenced him over the last 15 years are Shobukan, which Simon studied for 10 years with Kyoshi R Carruthers and then with the founder Shihan Handyside and Nisseikai which Simon studied for 10 years with Kyoshi R Parsons and on seminar with the founder Tadanori Nobetsu. Prior to this he trained in the Bushido Academy with Shihan S Bullough for almost a decade on top of informal study with his father and other relatives. Simon has more than 25 years of formal study.
He has not only trained in Japanese and Okinawan Karate but has also studied classical Japanese and Chinese martial arts.
Simon has performed demonstrations of classical Japanese martial arts for many notable organisations including Japanese cultural festivals.
Despite his traditional leanings Simon still likes to get on the mat and spar with other Karateka and is even happy to mix it up with Thai boxing seniors.
Aside from Simon one of the senior Karateka in Bushinkai is Kicki Holm (Danish national squad), a student of Hirokazu Kanazawa and a multi time world champion.
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