Martial arts family traditions

Bushido: The headteacher’s family tradition in the way of the warrior: This article documents the military and martial arts family history of Bushinkai headteacher Simon Keegan. It includes much drawn from family artefacts, memories and tradition – but also includes documentation, precise dates and records. This may not be of interest to the wider martial arts community…

Karate lineage

Lineage pedigree of Bushinkai’s four main Karate lines from Shotokan, Budokan, Goju Ryu and our headteacher’s family boxing tradition. Every teacher in the lineage had several other teachers, but this is designed to be a simplified pedigree of how the tradition was passed: SHURI TE Mainline lineage of our Karate (Shotokan line) TOMARI TE Secondary…

The lost master: Anko Azato

Anko Azato was the primary teacher of the world’s most famous Karate instructor, Gichin Funakoshi. But Azato Sensei’s life is largely undocumented. In this article Simon Keegan delves into the man’s history and arranges a realistic timeline for the great Bushi. BACKGROUND AND EARLY YEARS Anko Azato 安里 安恒 was born in Azato village in 1827.…

History of British Karate and Jujutsu

The first Englishman to be made a Samurai was William Adams (read his Wikipedia page) in the 1600s. But Adams was a one-off. He did not begin an Anglo-Japanese tradition. The English-Japanese tradition of the 1600s began and ended with Adams. It was not until the late 1800s that Japanese sharing their culture with Brits…

Karate heritage and lineage

Bushinkai has been established as a Karate school for 15 years and its heritage goes back hundreds of years. Bushinkai is a member of the British branch of Kokusai Budoin, the oldest and most venerable Japanese martial arts fraternity in the world which includes some of the highest ranking Karate grandmasters in the world. These masters…

Classic martial arts of Japan, Okinawa and China

The divisions in traditional Japanese Budo taught in Bushinkai are based on those of Kokusai Budoin. Bushinkai is a member of Kokusai Budoin UK. KARATE Okinawan Karate and southwestern Japanese Jujutsu NIHON JUJUTSU Traditional northeastern Japanese Jujutsu system KOBUDO Okinawan weapons are taught alongside Karate and Japanese weapons alongside Jujutsu IAIDO Traditional Iaido from the Tokyo area Divisions in…