The Bushinkai Academy has divisions including Karate, Jujutsu, Tai Chi and Aikido. This page looks at the resume of the Karate and Jujutsu chief instructor. For each of his grades, dates and officials are given, along with governing bodies. The chief instructor teaches at our headquarters Hakutora, Manchester, on Thursday evenings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
KARATE AND JUJUTSU HEADTEACHER:
Simon Keegan Renshi (5th Dan Karate, 4th Dan Jujutsu, 3rd Dan Judo)
Kokusai Budoin Karate Grade: 5th Dan
- Graded on the mat by Shihan PAJ Handyside (8th Dan World Union of Karatedo Federations) under Shikon (18/12/2012).
- Recognised 5th Dan by Kokusai Budoin. Senior ranking Shotokan practitioner in UK branch of Kokusai Budoin.
- Chief director of Shotokan in Kokusai Budoin is Hirokazu Kanazawa Meijin
- See pics of Simon’s 5th Dan grading here.
- Grading katas: Meikyo, Bassai Sho, Kanku Sho, Kanku Dai
Title: Renshi (4th dan shogo)
- Renshi (polished teacher) is a shogo (teaching title) issued by traditional Japanese organisations such as Kokusai Budoin and Dai Nippon Butokukai
- Renshi is awarded at least two years after 4th Dan. Date of Simon’s issue: 8/5/2010
- Simon’s group was given the mandate to award shogo by the national head of Dai Nippon Butokukai
- Senior grade on panel that awarded Simon Renshi was Reiner Parsons Kyoshi
- Also holds 4th Dan Freestyle Karate & Jujutsu (awarded 1/1/2007) by WKA.
Previous Kokusai Budoin Grade: 3rd Dan
- Graded on the mat by Reiner Parsons (7th Dan Kyoshi)
- Reiner had been awarded 5th Dan by Tadanori Nobetsu and 6th Dan by Ikuo Higuchi
- Ikuo Higuchi is headmaster of Shoto Ryu and senior student of Makoto Gima (Senior student of Gichin Funakoshi).
- See pics of Simon’s 3rd Dan grading here.
- Grading katas: Seisan, Niseishi
- Previously graded 2nd Dan Karate under Bob Carruthers (7th Dan) – Grading katas Empi, Bassai Dai, Wankan
Kokusai Budoin Nihon Jujutsu Grade: 2nd Dan
- Graded 2nd Dan on the mat under J Lee-Barron and G Scarrott
- Recognised as 2nd Dan Nihon Jujutsu upon entry to Kokusai Budoin in the division headed by Shizuya Sato 10th Dan
- Also awarded 3rd Dan Judo by Kodokwan, Kodokwan Judo club Zambia, Aiichi Judo Club Japan, European Jiu Jitsu Union
Other posts held:
- Founder member of English Karate Federation
- Vice president of United Kingdom Budo Federation/British Jujutsu Federation/International Toshu Jutsu Federation
- Shikon and Shobukan member
- Former regional director Kokusai Budoin, Japan
- Former editor: Martial Arts Guardian
- Co-ordinator: Mirror Fighting
Duke of Lancaster’s Own – artillery
- Served 1996-1998
- Cavalry Trooper 24930904
Read some of his articles:
- The Lost Book of Kushanku
- Interview with Hanshi Patrick McCarthy
- Who was Anko Azato?
- Karate Jutsu master Kanken Toyama
- The early years of British Karate
- the early years of British Jujutsu
- Authentic Japanese Jujutsu
The Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu system as featured in Martial Arts Illustrated, reprinted in concise form in Classical Karate & Jujutsu magazine.
Van Dang Martial Arts (Hakutora Dojo)
Newton Street Manchester