Bushinkai at London Symphony Orchestra

In a unique composition blending Shotokan Karate with classical music, composer Ben Gaunt devised a piece of music to go along with five kata. Performing the kata and music in harmony, musicians from the LSO, and Bushinkai chief instructor Simon Keegan (5th Dan Shotokan) gave a unique performance. Here are some of the pictures: Advertisements

Bushinkai at the London Symphony Orchestra

The mythology of Kata was celebrated at a unique performance at the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). The performance co-incided with the 60th anniversary of British Karate. The music was composed by Ben Gaunt – himself a Bushinkai 1st Dan and performed by his teacher Simon Keegan, head of the Bushinkai Academy. Keegan Renshi holds the…

London Kata spectacular

Bushinkai is organising a very special spectacle in London this year celebrating the kata of the Shotokan style. This is a totally unique event and will present the kata in a spectacle never seen before. More details will come soon. For now we can tell you that the kata performed with be: Heian Sandan Tekki…

Kokusai Budoin Gendo newsletters: To download free

Bushinkai is a member of Kokusai Budoin UK, the branch country of the Japanese based organisation. Kokusai Budoin publishes newsletters called Gendo. They include news from around the world, details of visits from Japanese masters, any senior grade promotions and info on the upcoming European seminars. You can download some of them here: 2014 Newsletter…

World Karate Day 2014

Bushinkai is taking part in World Karate Day 2014 with a 100 Kata demonstration on October 25. Details will be confirmed in the coming weeks but we are hoping our contribution to the event will be on the Saturday afternoon in Stalybridge. October 25th has been designated ‘Karate Day’ in Okinawa, and is rapidly becoming…

Henri Plee 10th dan (1923-2014)

Henri Plee, the father of European Karate has died. Plee set up Europe’s very first Karate clubs in 1956 after his colleagues Jean “Jim” Alcheik and Claude Urvois studied the art under Minoru Mochizuki in Shizuoka. Plee was a 3rd Dan Judo instructor at the time and so brought over Hiroo Mochizuki (now 9th dan…

Hirokazu Kanazawa awarded title of Meijin

After writing my previous blog article on Kanazawa Sensei I discovered a piece of news I thought worthy of its own news story. Hirokazu Kanazawa has been awarded the status of Meijin (which may be translated as man of enlightened reputation) by the hereditary Shogun of Japan, and the great grandson of the last ruling…