Latest Karate, Jujutsu, Tai Chi and Aikido class information

The Bushinkai Academy teaches Classical Martial Arts from its two main centres in the North of England:

Metal Tiger Academy: Headed by Sifu David Keegan
– Chinese Internal Martial Arts (Tai Chi, Shaolin and Chi Kung)
Based in the Wigan-Dalton area – see address below.

White Lion Academy: Headed by Shihan Simon Keegan
– Japanese and Okinawan martial arts (Karate, Nihon Jujutsu, Aikido, Kobudo)
Based in Manchester City Centre- see address below.

A seminar with Sensei Fumio Demura

Sifu David Keegan, who began his martial arts studies more than 55 years ago has dedicated much of the last 20 years to the Chinese art of Yang style Tai Chi. He has also trained under some of Japan’s leading grandmasters of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu. Read more about Sifu here.

Shihan Simon Keegan has formally studied the Shotokan/Budokan style of Karate for more than 20 years and graded on the mat up to 5th Dan in Karate and also holds 5th Dan in Jujutsu. But he has also looked further back at some of Karate’s older roots. Training in Okinawan Karate Jutsu and Kobudo, studying Chinese martial arts and researching authentic Hakuda and Yawara (old schools of Jujutsu). Read more about Simon here. 

Manchester: Karate & Jujutsu

Circle Martial Arts
Marlboro House
52 Newton Street, Manchester M1 1ED
Monday evenings: 8:30pm
Sunday mornings: 10:00am
Shihan: Simon Keegan (5th Dan Renshi Karate & Jujutsu)
Sempai: Philip Jennings

The Karate and Jujutsu taught in Bushinkai is called Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu. This is the original Okinawan method of Karate (Toshu Jutsu) intertwined with the brutally effective Japanese Jujutsu known as Hakuda Kempo.

We do not teach sport Karate nor do we teach Brazilian ‘Ju Jitsu’ – our Karate and Jujutsu is direct from the masters of Japan, Okinawa, China and Malaysia.

Over hundreds of years Karate was passed down by masters like Sakugawa, Matsumura, Azato, Motobu, Matsumora and Kyan as a devastating fighting art. It was only in around the 1920s that it was promoted as a sport for self development and wellbeing. Since then select masters have taught the old ways and our school has been lucky to receive some of the original teachings.

Bushinkai headteacher Shihan Simon Keegan has trained with some of the world’s leading masters of Karate in order to get close to the source of this effective fighting art.

We also have an affiliated Aikido school with direct lineage to the founder, based in the Isle of Man.

Wigan: Tai Chi

Dalton school (Dalton St Michael CofE)
Higher Lane
Wednesdays and Thursday: 7:30pm
Sifu David Keegan



Tai Chi (also called Taiji Quan) is a classical Chinese martial art.

It is a very misunderstood martial art and in order for it to be authentic must come from one of the main family styles such as Yang, Chen, Sun, Wu, or Hao.

In Bushinkai we mostly teach Yang style, with some tuition in Sun style, and Cheng Man Ching style (from student Tim Kelly).

Originally we trained in a school where the instructor had been taught by Professor Li De Yin, and this tuition covered Beijing Yang style and Sun style.

Now we are looking to the more traditional roots of the Yang style and in this pursuit have trained with the likes of Sifu Steve Rowe who trained in China with the grandmaster of Yang style Ma Lee Yang.

Sifu David Keegan is our Tai Chi headteacher and on top of his decades of study of other martial arts has dedicated much of the last 20 years to studying Yang style.

Teaching Judo and Jujutsu students and instructors

Tai Chi classes:

Dalton school (Dalton St Michael CofE)
Higher Lane

Wednesdays and Thursday 7:30pm


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