Manchester: Karate & Jujutsu
Circle Martial Arts
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 Jutsu (Toshu Jutsu) intertwined with the brutally effective Japanese Jujutsu/Yawara 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. Simon’s mentor in Karate Jutsu is Hanshi Terry Wingrove. He has also trained and graded under Shihan Phil Handyside & Bob Carruthers (Shobukan Karate), Reiner Parsons (Nisseikai Karate), Steve Rowe (Karate and Tai Chi) and many more. On a seminar basis he has trained with such masters as Tadanori Nobetsu, Fumio Demura, Shizuya Sato and Mitsuhiro Kondo. Read his full biography here and see his training timeline here.