Shihan Philip Handyside (8th Dan) is the headteacher of Shobukan Karate and a great friend and supporter of Bushinkai. This page is a tribute to his 50 plus years in the martial arts.
Shihan began his studies in Judo/Jujutsu with Richard Butterworth who introduced the arts to Preston in 1954. It was not the art of Jujutsu that really captivated the young Phil Handyside – it was Karate, specifically a demonstration by Sadashige Kato who then held the extremely high grade (at the time) of 5th Dan.
DISCOVERING THE ART OF SHOTOKAN KARATE WITH A JAPANESE MASTER
1960S JKA TRAINING
Phil took his coloured belt grades in the early 1960s under the very headquarters of Shotokan Karate – the Japan Karate Association (JKA) which was represented in this country by the KUGB led by masters like Kanazawa and Enoeda. With the headquarters mostly in London and Liverpool, Phil found a teacher whose class he could travel to – named Cyril Cummins (now an 8th Dan). His Shotokan grades in the 1960s therefore were recognised by the superpower of Shotokan in the world directly under Masatoshi Nakayama’s JKA Headquarters.
Here are some pictures of Mr Handyside on his early Karate journey from white belt to black belt:
In 1974, Mr Handyside established the Red Sun Karate Club which later became the Shobukan Karate Organisation… In the early 1970s high grades were still very rare and it was common to begin teaching before black belt.
BLACKBELT IN SHOTOKAN KARATE UNDER HIROKAZU KANAZAWA
In 1975 mr Handyside left the KUGB/JKA and joined the SKI Under Hirokazu Kanazawa Sensei then 7th Dan, Asano Sensei then 6th Dan, Kawazowe then 5th Dan, and H Tomita then 4th Dan. He was awarded his 1st Dan by Kanazawa Hanshi.
To this day Mr Handyside considers Kanazawa Sensei to be his greatest influence.
KARATE BUDOKAN AND THE BIRTH OF SHOBUKAN
In 1977 as a 1st Dan in Shotokan Karate and having studied the martial arts around 14 years, Handyside Sensei sought out another master, this time the Malaysian grandmaster Chew Choo Soot.
He escorted Grandmaster Chew around the North West to promote Budokan Karate from Malaysia. Now recognised by WUKO, but in those days outside the Governing Body.
He gained 2nd Dan with the KBI, and after organising the KBI World Open Championships in 1979 at the Preston Guild Hall.
The combination of Shotokan and Budokan (and of course Jujutsu, Kobudo and other arts) led to a unique and dynamic method of Karate called Shobukan.
SHOBUKAN KARATE ORGANISATION: THE 1970S TO 1990S
A Wigan club was established in the late 1970s headed by Bob Carruthers and early students included Steve Lowe (now 6th Dan with World Kobukan Federation) and Peter Lee Bibby (now 5th Dan and a leading referee with the World Karate Federation) as well as Steve Brennan (later 4th Dan Karate Jutsu), Bob Carruthers is currently 7th Dan Karate and a teacher of Filipino stickfighting.
When Mr Handyside returned to Shotokan he had to retake 2nd Dan and Gain 3rd Dan under the British Isles Karate Association. He later took 4th Dan and was tested for 5th Dan by Sensei Terry Stuart and Sensei Dicky Wu of the IKA.
Bob Carruthers split from Shobukan as a 2nd Dan and joined UKASKO and later KYR in 2000.
Mr Handyside has been a staunch instructor within Steve Rowe’s Shikon organisation for many years, gaining the Shihan grades of 6th Dan, 7th Dan and 8th Dan.
2003: 40 years in the martial arts
I trained on this course in 2003 and was very impressed by Shihan Handyside’s skills and demeanour. Bob Carruthers was my teacher at the time, so meeting his teacher was an honour.
2013: 50 years in martial arts
Today Shihan Handyside is not only the head of the international Shobukan Karate Organisation (SKO) he is also a mentor to the Bushinkai Academy.