Karate Jutsu & Nihon Jujutsu classes:
Van Dang Martial Arts (Hakutora Dojo)
Newton Street Manchester
Simon Keegan 5th Dan (Kokusai Budoin)
Kicki Holm 2nd Dan (Shotokan Karate International)
Karate Jutsu & Nihon Jujutsu studies:
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Our research on Nihon Jujutsu (Yawara) featured in Martial Arts Guardian:
Our research on the early years of British Karate (1956-1964) featured in Martial Arts Guardian:
Our research on the early years of British Jujutsu featured in Martial Arts Guardian:
Simon has formally studied Karate 20 years and is approaching 30 years since he first began learning the arts. He has received his grades from Japan’s oldest martial arts fraternities.
5th Dan Karate (IMAF, IKU, WUKF), 4th Dan Jujutsu, 2nd Dan Nihon Jujutsu, 3rd Dan Judo (honourary)
Simon was born in Liverpool in 1979, his first contact with martial arts was practicing Jujutsu with his dad at the age of about 6 and boxing as an 11 year old. His dad trained in some of Liverpool’s first Jujutsu and Karate clubs, and his great uncle trained in the country’s third ever Jujutsu club. (Read about Simon’s lengthy family martial arts tradition here).
By the time Simon was 16 he was training with Stephen Bullough in his Bushido and Karate classes (where he trained for eight years) and competing at national level in Karate, kickboxing and kata. He also began formal study of Chinese martial arts aged 20.
In 2000 he founded the Bushinkai Academy and continued his study of Shotokan/Budokan in the Shobukan system with Kyoshi Bob Carruthers, and later Bob’s teacher Shihan Phil Handyside. He has trained in this system for 15 years following the previous 8 with Bushidokan. He also studied Jujutsu, initially in a system comprising Kenjutsu, Aikijujutsu, Koppo Jutsu, Kosshijutsu, Iaijutsu and Jodo and then in Nihon Jujutsu.
Simon has been a part of Kokusai Budoin, as well as IMAF UK and IMAF GB (later the United Kingdom Budo Federation) since 2003, and had chance to meet and train with masters like Mitsuhiro Kondo (one of the first Karate masters in Europe), Tadanori Nobetsu and Shizuya Sato. His grades were endorsed by the hereditary Shogun Tokugawa Yasuhisa.
He has also had Hanshi Terry Wingrove as a mentor for the last 10 years. Wingrove Sensei invited Simon to the founding of the English Karate Federation, and to be a member of the International Ju Jitsu Federation and Simon was his invited guest in Poland and at his Seni demo in Birmingham. Simon hosted one of the celebration courses of the 50th anniversary of British Karate along with Wingrove Hanshi and other invited teachers.
Simon was awarded his 3rd Dan and later Renshi by his Goju Ryu teacher Reiner Parsons within Kokusai Budoin and in 2012 graded to 5th Dan in Shobukan under Shihan Handyside.
His daughter who is just 6 trains in Shito Ryu Karate (Genbukai) with Sensei Julian Mallalieu, who enabled Simon to attend a seminar with Shito Ryu, Batto Jutsu and Kobudo master Fumio Demura.