Simon Keegan, Renshi (6th Dan Karate, 5th Dan Jujutsu, 3rd Dan Judo, 2nd Duan Taijiquan)
– Dai Nippon Butokukai (Kyoto, est 1895)
– Kokusai Budoin (Tokyo, est 1952)
– International Ju Jitsu Federation (Kyoto, est 1956)
– World Union of Karatedo Federations
– Karate Jutsu International
Simon Keegan 6th Dan in 2018
2018: Presented with 6th Dan Karate (Rokudan) by Frank Williams 7th Dan on behalf of Shihan Handyside 9th Dan, headmaster of Shobukan Karate International.
Frank Williams 7th Dan and Simon Keegan 6th Dan
5th Dan and Renshi level teacher and international researcher (2012-2018)
Publishes an internationally best-selling book called Karate Jutsu
, a complete history of the art featuring contributions from Japanese masters, teachers in Okinawa and forewords from six 9th Dans.
Featured in Ippon magazine
2018: Affiliates to the Jujutsu division of the Dai Nippon Butokukai, Japan’s oldest and most venerable governing body as part of the school Myoshin Ryu. Hamada Hanshi gives Simon a gift of calligraphy by Prince Higashifushimi. Also appointed UK Chief Researcher of the International Ju Jitsu Federation (IJJF) and Karate Jutsu International
Dai Nippon Butokukai welcome letter
Wearing traditional Yoiroi Kabuto
2018: Marks 20 years of training in Yang style and Sun style Taiji Quan with new studies into the Yang family long form.
Hosts the official presentation of his teacher PAJ Handyside’s 9th Dan
2018: Teaches a special seminar at Alfie Lewis’s legendary Mushinkai Dojo in Liverpool, Budo Live in Tameside and Batley Budo Course in Yorkshire.
2017: Awarded 5th Dan Jujutsu (already holds 5th Dan Karate)
2016: Performs Karate with the London Symphony Orchestra, the first time Karate has ever been performed at the legendary LSO. The music was specially composed to fit the kata.
Performing kata with London Symphony Orchestra
2015: Becomes co-ordinator of Daily Mirror’s MMA/UFC site and founding editor of Martial Arts Guardian.
2015: Quoted in the book Shotokan: The Stylistic System published in Italy
2015: Already a 5th Dan Karate and 4th Dan Jujutsu, is awarded an honourary 3rd Dan Judo recognised by Kodokwan, EJJU, IJJF and Aiichi University. Demonstrates Karate and Jujutsu at Japanese cultural festival for the second year
2014: Attends seminar with Fumio Demura in Shito Ryu Karate, Toyama Ryu Batto Jutsu and Kobudo and the premiere of the documentary The Real Miyagi
2013: Writes The Lost Book of Kushanku e-book, read in more than 100 countries and studies on the history of Karate, Jujutsu and Tai Chi
2013: Appears on the cover of Martial Arts Illustrated and interviewed by Alfie Lewis. Performs a demo in the ring during a WMO fight night, for Alfie attended by the legendary Terry O’Neill
In the ring in Liverpool
2012: Grades 5th Dan Karate on the mat in Shobukan (Shotokan/Budokan) under Shihan PAJ Handyside 8th Dan, recognised by Karate England, WUKF and IMAF. The grading is held in the same Dojo where Budokan grandmaster Chew Choo Soot taught
Shihan Handyside and Simon Keegan
Chew in 1978 and Simon in 2012 in Jubilee Club Preston
4th Dan and Head of United Kingdom Budo Federation and chairman of TEMAA (2007-2012)
2011: Awarded black sash 2nd Duan Taiji Quan (2nd Dan Yang style Tai Chi)
2010: Awarded the shogo title of Renshi (polished teacher) the same title Gichin Funakoshi was awarded by the Dai Nippon Butokukai.
The Nottingham seminar on which Simon was awarded the title Renshi
Hanshi Tattersall presents Renshi awards and a handpainted Bu kanji (which is the logo on this site) to David Keegan
2009: Awarded black sash 1st Duan Taiji Quan (1st Dan Yang style Tai Chi) after 11 years training in the art
Teaching Judoka in Scarborough
2009: Cross training in Escrima including seminars with Grandmaster Rene Tongson the grandmaster of the Classical style of Abaniko Tres Puntas. Also cross training in Muay Thai
Training with Abaniko Tres Puntas grandmaster Rene Tongson
2008: Celebrates 8th anniversary of Bushinkai at Dai Nippon Butokukai UK Hombu. Appears on the cover of Traditional Karate magazine
With Hanshi Tattersall, UK head of Dai Nippon Butokukai who authorised Renshi award
2007: Becomes a founder member of the English Karate Federation and becomes chairman, Karate technical director and Jujutsu technical director of TEMAA for the next five years. Awarded 4th Dan Karate/Jujutsu by the World Karate Association also recognised by IMAF GB. Formalises a Karate/Jujutsu system called Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu.
2nd Dan-3rd Dan and Japanese training: Kokusai Budoin & Dai Nippon Butokukai (2000-2007)
2006: Hosts 50th Anniversary of British Karate masters course teaching alongside masters from Kokusai Budoin, Dai Nippon Butokukai and the Seibukan. Becomes a member of International Ju Jitsu Federation and Karate Jutsu International and begins training under Hanshi Wingrove.
With Hanshi Patrick McCarthy
2006: Becomes International Director of IMAF GB (later UKBF)
2005: Attends International Ju Jitsu Federation seminar in Gdansk, Poland as the guest of Hanshi Terry Wingrove and trains with Alan Ruddock, student of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba
In Poland with Karate Jutsu master T Wingrove and Aikido master A Ruddock
2004: Authorised to teach Yang style Tai Chi (Taiji Quan) and opens a Kwoon in Prestwich
3rd Dan Nisseikai certificate
2004 onwards: Trains under masters Shizuya Sato (Nihon Jujutsu), Mitsuhiro Kondo (Aikijujutsu) and Tadanori Nobetsu (Nisseikai Karate) and grades 3rd Dan Nisseikai Karate under Reiner Parsons who studied Karate under Nobetsu, Sakai, Higaonna and Kai and Nihon Jujutsu under Sato. The Nisseikai style combines Naha Te (Goju Ryu) with Feeding Crane (white crane) Kung Fu.
2004: Awarded 2nd Dan Ryukyu Kempo Karate Jutsu (already holding 2nd Dan in Shotokan and Nihon Jujutsu)
2003: Performs Yang style and Chinese sword at Euro Wushu championships
2003: Becomes a member of Kokusai Budoin Japan with 2nd Dan Shotokan Karate (Hirokazu Kanazawa’s division) and 2nd Dan Nihon Jujutsu (Shizuya Sato’s division) grades recognised by hereditary shogun Tokugawa Yasuhisa. Attends the unveiling of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s treasures for the first time outside of Nikko Toshugu shrine
Three Jujutsu masters Simon learnt under, Jack Hearn, Kondo and Sato
The Koryu art of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu
Tokugawa shrine treasures
2003: Attends seminar celebrating 40 years Budo of Shihan Handyside with Shobukan and Red Sun clubs
Simon (far left) with seniors including Frank Williams, Chris Ratcliffe and Bob Carruthers
2002: Performs Chinese sword in front of mayor of Shanghai at Euro championships
2001: Joins the Bugei Renmei and grades 2nd Dan Jujutsu under J Lee-Barron and G Scarrott (tuition is in Jujutsu, Aikijujutsu, Iaido, Jodo, Ninjutsu and more) and 2nd Dan Shotokan Karate under R Carruthers
2000: Attends seminar in Chinese martial arts with Chinese National Living Treasure Prof Li De Yin
Li De Yin
2000: Establishes the Bushinkai Academy at the Northwest College of Martial Arts, Wigan teaching Karate, Jujutsu and Kobudo.
Kyu grade to 1st Dan and the competition years (1995-2000)
2000: Competes in final Karate competition placing in World Karate Association championships
1999: Attends seminar in Chinese martial arts with Chinese National Living Treasure Prof Li De Yin
1999: Awarded blackbelt 1st Dan by Sensei S Bullough (WKA) in Karate and Bushido
1998: Recognised as a club instructor in Karate and ‘Bushido’
1998: Begins formal study of Tai Chi, training at an academy for nine years. Tuition is in Yang style long form, traditional Sun style, Beijing competition forms, Chinese sword, Hsing-I Chuan, Ba Duan Jin, Chi Kung and related arts
1998: Wins silver at FSK championships weapons kata (Iaido)
1998: Grades taken 2nd Kyu, 1st Kyu
As a brown belt
1998: Competes at European Martial Arts championships
1997: Recognised as an assistant instructor in Karate and ‘Bushido’
1997: Grades taken 4th Kyu, 3rd Kyu
1996: Joins the British army specialised training in counter terrorism and urban warfare. In 1997 is part of the regiment at Aintree when the IRA bomb threatens the Grand National
1996: Wins British Gold medal in kumite twice
1996: Grades taken 7th Kyu, 6th Kyu, 5th Kyu
1995: Grades taken 9th Kyu, 8th Kyu
1995: Joins the Bushido Academy under Shihan Stephen Bullough, eventually becoming his teacher’s senior student. Tuition is in Bushido (Jujutsu, Aikijujutsu, Kenjutsu, Iaido, Judo, Jodo) and Karate.
Early days (1979-1994)
1990s: Joins first boxing club, also learns fencing, archery and Chinese broadsword.
Young Simon with Chinese broadsword aged about 13
1988: Father David Keegan returns from living and working in Hong Kong and China and returns with Simon’s first Kung Fu suit.
Simon’s father and uncle John in China in the 1980s
1986: Begins informal study of Jujutsu under father David Keegan around this time
Young Simon aged about 8
1979: Born in Liverpool
Simon’s father David Keegan with Japanese masters Tose and Yoshida
Corporal David Keegan in the 1970s
1959: Simon’s father David Keegan and uncle Paul Keegan begin training in Jujutsu in Liverpool under the Blundells
1950s: Simon’s great uncle Bill Nelson studies Judo at the Northern headquarters of Gunji Koizumi’s British Judo Association
Family martial arts heirlooms
1940s: Simon’s great uncle Bill Nelson studies Kawaishi Ryu Jujutsu under Gerald Skyner and attains blackbelt
1939-44: Simon’s grandfather and great uncles serve in WW2. His great uncle Ted Molloy serves in Japan, China and the battle of Okinawa
Great uncle Ted in China and Japan
1928: Simon’s great uncle William Nelson begins teaching boxing and unarmed combat to his sons and their friends
1914-18: Simon’s great grandfathers P Keegan, W Nelson, J Lawless and E Molloy serve in WW1 where they are taught Jujutsu-based combatives
1840s-1880s: Simon’s great great grandfather August Nilsson and his father Nils Johann are taught unarmed combat, stick and sword in the Swedish royal Navy
1840s: Simon’s great great great grandfather Herve Briant serves in the French royal Navy at the time marines were sent to Okinawa and devised a Karate-based fighting system called Chausson.
1780s: Nilsson family in Canton and Okinawa as part of Swedish East India Trading Company