Karate lineage

Lineage pedigree of Bushinkai’s four main Karate lines from Shotokan, Budokan, Goju Ryu and our headteacher’s family boxing tradition. Every teacher in the lineage had several other teachers, but this is designed to be a simplified pedigree of how the tradition was passed: SHURI TE Mainline lineage of our Karate (Shotokan line) TOMARI TE Secondary…

The lost master: Anko Azato

Anko Azato was the primary teacher of the world’s most famous Karate instructor, Gichin Funakoshi. But Azato Sensei’s life is largely undocumented. In this article Simon Keegan delves into the man’s history and arranges a realistic timeline for the great Bushi. BACKGROUND AND EARLY YEARS Anko Azato 安里 安恒 was born in Azato village in 1827.…

Bushinkai Karate & Jujutsu: Now enrolling new students

A look at the Bushinkai Academy in action. Bushinkai has its headquarters at Van Dang Martial Arts (Hakutora Martial Arts), Manchester City Centre and teaches a self defence orientated system of Karate, Jujutsu and Kobudo called Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu. The head of the White Lion Academy is Simon Keegan (5th Dan Renshi), who holds Japanese and…

Bushinkai Academy of Martial Arts

The Bushinkai Academy was established 15 years ago and teaches Karate, Jujutsu, Tai Chi and Iaido across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. We also have international affiliates around the world. Here are the main classes in the north west: Bushinkai classes for 2015: Tai Chi and Iaido headteacher: David Keegan 5th Dan Karate and Jujutsu headteacher:…

The old ways of Karate and Jujutsu

Both Karate and Jujutsu have become popular sports – we only have to look at UFC champions like Lyoto Machida who holds blackbelts in both arts. But despite being effective arts for MMA, the roots of Karate and Jujutsu are even more effective in real combat, self defence or in other words, when there are…