Bushinkai chief Instructor Simon Keegan has released his book on the history of Karate Jutsu. It includes contributions from ten 9th Dans, Japanese masters, instructors in Okinawa and Chinese style inheritors.
The origins of Karate are shrouded in mythology and a book that tells the art’s complete history is both necessary and timely. The art of Karate was developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom, now Okinawa, over hundreds of years. Like many martial arts it was once designed to main, disable or kill but has since become adapted into a way of life and a sport that is seen in both the UFC and in 2020 makes its Olympic debut. Author Simon Keegan is a 5th Dan black belt recognised by some of Japan’s oldest and most venerable sanctioning bodies. In producing this unprecedented history he has been given access to information, pictures and records from Japan, Okinawa and the west that have never before been published. For the first time the complete history of Karate can be told.
What the masters say:
It’s a must for any Karateka to read time and time again to understand the origins of Karate and its structure, and essential for the bookshelf of any serious martial artist – Steve Rowe 9th Dan
Simon Keegan has a true passion when it comes to the martial arts. It is a special breed of man who lives the arts, rather than just doing them. He is without a doubt one of the true guardians of the history of the arts. They are in good hands – Alfie Lewis 9th Dan
I was immediately impressed with the quality of Keegan’s articles. So I knew his book would be a well-researched, well-documented, and enlightening text. It ties down many of the loose ends and nagging questions that have existed for many years – Jim Mather 9th Dan
Simon is skilled in the history of quite a number of martial arts of Japan, China and other eastern arts. I would recommend that you read this and his other works – Phil Handyside 9th Dan
I am glad to be part of Simon’s effort to share knowledge of the history of Karate with this book – Fumio Demura 9th Dan
Simon has earned his place as a modern day Sherlock Holmes determining the true origins of Karate and separating the fact from the fiction which abounds martial arts – Terry Wingrove 9th Dan