Chief instructor awarded 6th Dan

Bushinkai chief instructor Simon Keegan has been awarded 6th Dan (Rokudan) by his teacher Shihan PAJ Handyside 9th Dan. As Shihan Handyside is in ill health the presentation was made by senior Shobukan instructor at the Red Sun Dojo Frank Williams 7th Dan. The award was made on behalf of Shikon and the World Union of Karatedo Federations.

Frank Williams 7th Dan and Simon Keegan 6th Dan

Simon Keegan’s Karate Grading History:

Simon took his first black belt grade on the mat (examiner: S Bullough) in 1999.

Two years later in 2001 he regraded for 2nd Dan in Jujutsu on the mat in London (examiner J Lee-Barron) and shortly after graded 2nd Dan on the mat in Shotokan Karate (examiner R Carruthers).

Simon joined Kokusai Budoin in 2003 where he was was recognised in 2nd Dan in Shotokan Karatedo (division head H Kanazawa) and Nihon Jujutsu (division head S Sato). Simon graded 3rd Dan on the mat under Kyoshi Reiner Parsons in Liverpool. The style was Nisseikai (division head T Nobetsu).

In 2007 as a founder member of the English Karate Federation, chairman of TEMAA and international director of IMAF GB  Simon was awarded 4th Dan in Karate/Jujutsu by the WKA recognised by his Shotokan teacher R Carruthers and his Goju Ryu teacher R Parsons.

In 2010 Simon was awarded the title of Renshi (polished teacher) by the UK head of the Dai Nippon Butokukai, Hanshi Allan Tattersall, also recognised by IMAF GB.

In 2012, Simon graded on the mat for 5th Dan in Preston under Shihan Handyside (the Karate teacher of R Carruthers) , also recognised by IMAF, and six years later in 2018 Shihan Handyside and Sensei Williams presented Simon with his 6th Dan.

Simon would like to thank Shihan Handyside, Sensei Williams, Sensei Ratcliffe and all the Shobukan and Red Sun instructors for this kind award.

Karate & Jujutsu
Manchester:

Bushin Kaikan
Circle Martial Arts
Marlboro House
52 Newton Street, Manchester M1 1ED
Monday evenings: 8:30pm
Renshi: Simon Keegan (6th Dan Shobukan Karate)
Sensei: Andy Harrison (3rd Dan Shobukan Karate)
Sensei: Philip Jennings (1st Dan)
Email: simonkeeganmedia@gmail.com

 

Grading criteria as outlined by Kokusai Budoin, Japan:

1st Dan – Shodan
Individuals who have passed an examination, and successfully completed the course requirements as set by each division.
Older than 15 years of age when promoted to 1st Kyu.
2nd Dan – Nidan
Same as above. More than a year and a half after promotion to shodan (1st Dan).
3rd Dan – Sandan
Same as above. More than two years after promotion to nidan (2nd Dan).
4th Dan – Yondan
Same as above. More than three years after promotion to sandan (3rd Dan).
5th Dan – Godan
Same as above. More than four years after promotion to yondan (4th Dan).
6th Dan – Rokudan
Same as above. More than five years after promotion to Renshi.
7th Dan – Shichidan
Same as above. More than six years after promotion to rokudan (6th Dan).
8th Dan – Hachidan
Same as above. More than ten years after promotion to shichidan (7th Dan).
9th Dan – Kudan
By Special Award of the Executive Board of Examiners
10th Dan – Judan
By Special Award of the Executive Board of Examiners

Title Promotions:
Renshi
Minimum of two years since promotion to yondan (4th Dan). Written essay or publication required.
Kyoshi
Minimum of two years since promotion to rokudan (6th Dan). Written essay or publication required.
Hanshi
Outstanding service for development of Martial Arts. Minimum age, 50 years of age. Minimum rank, hachidan (8th Dan). A
person of outstanding character and proven leadership credentials. Written essay or publication required.
Meijin
Individual that has attained the highest rank of 10th Dan. Conferred by decision of the Executive Board of Examiners.

 

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