Bushinkai teaches a system called Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu. It breaks down like this:
Hakuda: (Okinawan Baida) a term used in Southwestern Japan for practical Jujutsu prior to the modern era
Kempo: (Chinese Chuan Fa) a term denoting Chinese style forms of boxing
Toshu Jutsu: (also Tode Jutsu) an Okinawan term for what is now called Karate Jutsu.
HKTJ is a system designed to teach Karate & Jujutsu in its original combative form rather than the modern sporting forms.
First and foremost is the Bushinkai Method of self defence which teaches self defence in a scientific quantifiable way (the Science of Violence, the Science of Technique, the Science of Learning).
Bushinkai was founded 15 years ago. Our headquarters (Hombu) is Hakutora Academy (formerly Van Dangs) in Manchester City Centre. Our Hombu Karate classes are Thursdays, 8pm. Bushinkai is comprised of:
White Lion Academy (Karate, Kobudo, Nihon Jujutsu)
Headteacher: Simon Keegan 5th Dan
Metal Tiger Academy (Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Iaido)
Headteacher: David Keegan Sifu
Simon follows in a long family tradition of martial arts and military service. This tradition is called the Sakugawa Ryu and Kigan Shorei Ryu. Read about this eight generation family tradition here.
Bushinkai is part of the Shobukan Karate Organisation, founded in 1973. The headteacher Shihan PAJ Handyside (8th Dan) is Simon’s teacher’s teacher and Shihan graded Simon on the mat up to 5th Dan. Shihan was taught by masters like Kanazawa (Shotokan Meijin), Chew Choo Soot (Budokan Grandmaster) and Shotokan teachers like Tomita, Kato, Cummins, Makinson, Kobara and Asano. Shihan Handyside has been in martial arts since 1963. Our Karate lineage from Simon Keegan and his teacher Sensei R Carruthers to Shihan Handyside goes through Hirokazu Kanazawa to his teacher Gichin Funakoshi, his teacher Anko Azato, his teacher Sokon Matsumura to his teacher Tode Sakugawa (see also Sakugawa Ryu).
Bushinkai and Shobukan are part of Shikon, run by Sifu Steve Rowe, a Yang style Tai Chi master who has trained directly with the family head Ma Lee Yang. Like Shihan Handyside, Sifu Rowe is a friend and mentor to Bushinkai.
Bushinkai is also part of Kokusai Budoin UK, the British branch of Japan’s oldest martial arts fraternity the Kokusai Budoin (IMAF). The chief director is Hanshi Tadanori Nobetsu 9th Dan, master of Goju Ryu Karate under Eichi Miyazato and practitioner of Feeding Crane under the Liu family holders of the Bubishi. Nobetsu Hanshi is the teacher of Simon’s Goju Ryu instructor Reiner Parsons, and from Miyazato goes back to Chojun Miyagi and his teacher Higaonna Kanryo.
The deputy chief director is Ikuo Higuchi, headteacher of Shoto Ryu Karate, the original form introduced to mainland Japan in the early 1920s by Gichin Funakoshi and Makoto Gima.
The previous chief director, Hanshi Shizuya Sato was a master of Nihon Jujutsu (the division in which Simon was recognised as 2nd Dan in 2003) and studied under Ohtsuka (Wado Ryu), Mifune and Ito (Judo) and Kenji Tomiki (Aikido).
David Keegan is also an experienced practitioner of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, grading with Keiji Tose’s Iaido division.
Bushinkai head Simon Keegan’s grades are as follows within Kokusai Budoin:
5th Dan Karatedo: Graded on the mat under Shihan Handyside. Recognised in Hirokazu Kanazawa’s division
3rd Dan Karatedo: Graded on the mat under Kyoshi Parsons. Recognised in Tadanori Nobetsu’s division
2nd Dan Nihon Jujutsu: Granded on the mat under Hanshi Lee-Barron. Recognised in Shizuya Sato’s division
He also holds the following awards:
Renshi: Polished teacher (recognised by Kaicho of Dai Nippon Butokukai)
4th Dan Karate Jutsu, 4th Dan Jujutsu, 3rd Dan Judo (hon): WKA, WKF, IJJF, EJJU (Simon was a founder member of English Karate Federation as a 4th Dan in 2007, and also held membership of the IJJF and was awarded also in EJJU, part of the IJJF.