The Bushinkai Academy and the old ways of Jutsu

Bushinkai was established more than 15 years ago and teaches the classical arts of China, Japan and Okinawa with emphasis on tradition, good health and self defence.

We teach adult-orientated classes in the traditional way. our Tai Chi is proven to help with health benefits and our Karate is effective for self defence. We have taught many many students of all abilities from all round the world.

Simon Keegan pictured in Martial Arts illustrated

Simon Keegan pictured in Martial Arts illustrated


The divisions are as follows:

Metal Tiger Academy: Teaching Tai Chi and Chinese internal martial arts

Sifu David Keegan first studied martial arts in around 1959-1960 with Jujutsu. He has subsequently studied many different styles including Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu (Iaido). He also lived and worked in China in the 1980s. For the last 18 years however his focus has been on studying traditional Yang family Taiji Quan for health. In this regard one of our school’s greatest friends has been Sifu Steve Rowe who trained with the grandmaster of Yang style in Hong Kong.


Hakutora Academy: Teaching Karate, Jujutsu & Kobudo

Simon Keegan follows in a long family tradition of martial arts and begun when he was young. He has formally studied Shotokan/Budokan based Karate for more than 20 years and this is his main influence. He holds 5th Dan in Shobukan Karate. Simon also holds Dan grades in Jujutsu and other arts.


Simon with Rokushaku Bo

Simon with Rokushaku Bo

Simon after training with grandmaster Fumio Demura

Simon after training with grandmaster Fumio Demura

Simon, Sam, Ben and Kicki planning a demo

Simon, Sam, Ben and Kicki planning a demo

Simon Keegan 5th Dan and Kicki Holm 2nd Dan practising Kobudo

Simon Keegan 5th Dan and Kicki Holm 2nd Dan practising Kobudo

The Bushinkai family:

Shobukan headteacher: Shihan PAJ Handyside 8th Dan
Bushinkai Tai Chi chief instructor: David Keegan 5th Dan
Bushinkai Karate chief instructor: Simon Keegan 5th Dan
Aikido chief instructor: Robert Casement 3rd Dan
Bushinkai Kata coach: Kicki Holm 2nd Dan
Bushinkai grappling coach: Dan Sanchez 2nd Dan


3 generations

About our system of Karate:

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.

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.

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.

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

Real self defence

The Karate taught in Bushinkai is effective, realistic and great for self defence. Students are taught the most basic and brutal self defence responses.

Anything and everything goes in our Karate – headbutts, elbows, knees, chokes, eye gouges. Attackers don’t play by the rules. Why should we?

Self defence (or self protection whatever you want to call it) is foremost in our Karate.

Prior to Karate becoming more of a sport around the 1940s, it was regarded as a complete self defence method in Okinawa and that’s how we teach it.

Our classes are small groups of adults students, no little kids running round.

In terms of self defence, some of our students have included police, doormen, soldiers and those working with volatile people. The stuff we teach works.

Intelligently taught self defence

From a self defence point of view we teach quite scientifically in that we teach in the most efficient way for students to maximise the amount they learn.

Yes, they learn the realities of self defence, yes, they learn the tools to make their techniques effective but they also are drilled in such ways that makes this information instinctive.


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