About the Bushinkai Academy

Bushinkai was established more than 15 years ago. The school is comprised of White Lion Academy (teaching Karate, Jujutsu and Kobudo) and the Metal Tiger Academy (teaching Tai Chi, Chi Kung and related Chinese martial arts). Bushinkai has a great reputation and we don’t chop and change for the latest fads. Our focus is and always will be on the traditional arts of Japan, China and Okinawa. Bushinkai is about excellence, effectiveness and tradition.

Bushinkai’s chief instructor is editor of Martial Arts Guardian, the best online martial arts magazine and a true quality standard.

Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu is the name of our Karate, Jujutsu and Kobudo system. The name Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu is a throwback to the pre-war Karate systems (names such as Ryukyu Kempo Tode Jutsu or Rentan Goshin Karate Jutsu were used in Okinawa). Hakuda is an old term for Jujutsu or Yawara common to southwest Japan and Toshu Jutsu is an old Okinawan term for Karate. Many people think of Jujutsu as Judo/BJJ a grappling art but styles such as Akiyama Yoshin Ryu or Yagyu Shingan Ryu had much more in common with Karate. Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu aims to take Karate back to its roots as a complete combat art.

Dan and Joe practicing the grab and kneestrike portion of the drill

Dan and Joe

The Bushinkai Method is central to our martial arts. The belief is that whether you are teaching Karate, Wing Chun, Ninjutsu or Aikido, there are certain boxes that must be ticked for the art to be self defence worthy. We call these the 3 Sciences. The Science of Violence, The Science of Technique and The Science of Learning. Understanding self defence, gaining the technical principle competance to make techniques effective and the ability to learn the arts so they are effective. Read more about our self defence approach,

Hakutora Academy is our Hombu Dojo (school headquarters). Formerly known as Van Dang it is Manchester’s premier martial arts centre. A three storey Dojo teaching Karate, MMA, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Wing Chun and many more arts. It is a martial arts centre for martial artists. Don’t forget it also has the area’s best martial arts shop downstairs including the Hakutora range of equipment.

Shikon is our association run by Sifu Steve Rowe. This means we are affiliated to Karate England, the English Karate Council, the World Union of Karatedo Federations, the International Karate Union, United World Karate, the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA), the European Wushu Federation and the International Wushu Federation. Therefore Bushinkai grades, whether in Karate or Tai Chi or recognised by the main governing bodies in each country and the world.

Simon after training with grandmaster Fumio Demura

Simon after training with grandmaster Fumio Demura

Kokusai Budoin UK is the British branch country of Kokusai Budoin (IMAF), Japan’s oldest martial arts fraternity. Kokusai Budoin is a venerable organisation that has included masters like Hironori Ohtsuka, Gogen Yamaguchi, Kyuzo Mifune, Minoru Mochizuki and Hirokazu Kanazawa. Bushinkai is a member of Kokusai Budoin UK which means we have a direct link to the senior grandmasters in the world of each of the Japanese martial arts. Kokusai Budoin, like Bushinkai is about tradition and excellence.

Chief Instructor Simon Keegan is one of the area’s most qualified exponent’s of Karate and Kokusai Budoin UK’s highest ranking Shotokan instructor. He graded to 5th Dan under the major world governing bodies and has trained with some of the world’s senior Japanese masters. Competing in Karate at national level by the age of 16 he holds blackbelts in several martial arts styles.

Senior International instructor Simon Keegan 5th Dan

Senior International instructor Simon Keegan 5th Dan

Bushinkai is part of Shobukan Karate Organisation established over 40 years ago by Shihan PAJ Handyside, a seasoned practitioner of Shotokan, Budokan and Jujutsu. Simon was graded by Shihan Handyside and previously studied for over 10 years with one of Shihan’s senior students Kyoshi R Carruthers.


Nisseikai is one of the styles that has influenced our Karate. Nisseikai was established around 50 years ago by Hanshi Tadanori Nobetsu who combined his study of Goju Ryu with Feeding Crane Kung Fu. Nobetsu Hanshi is the chief director of Kokusai Budoin. Simon trained under Nobetsu Hanshi as far back as 2004 and also trained and graded under Nisseikai Kyoshi Reiner Parsons.



Van Dang Martial Arts (Hakutora Dojo)
Newton Street Manchester
Contact: kaicho@runbox.com


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