Bunbu Ichi

Bunbu Ichi means “the pen and the sword in accord”. This page includes some drawings Bushinkai instructor Simon made of some of the Karate masters. This is an ongoing page (as soon as he can find his pencil sharpener). Advertisements

Manchester Karate: A bit of fun sparring

In Bushinkai we pride ourselves on strictly practical, combat based martial arts. But you have to have fun too right? So after class instructors Simon and Kicki had a “playfight” and an excuse to do those silly flying kicks that we never teach in class! All just in fun folks… Bushinkai class times: 8:00-9:30pm Thursdays…

Happy Father’s Day from Bushinkai

Bushinkai’s chief instructor Simon Keegan went to visit his dad, Metal Tiger Academy headteacher David Keegan for Father’s Day, taking along five year old Poppy and nine month old Edward. Of course a family gathering wouldn’t be a family gathering without some martial arts, so here is three generations in their Karate Gi having a…

3 Amigos: Alfie Lewis, Steve Rowe, Phil Handyside

I’ve posted this picture before but wanted to again, because it’s a great day with some great friends in the martial arts. I’m pictured with Shihan Phil Handyside (8th Dan head of Shobukan), Sifu Steve Rowe (8th Dan head of Shikon) and Alfie Lewis (9th Dan freestyle legend). I posted the pic on Facebook and…

May the 4th: A Tai Chi sabre form with a difference

Everyone’s wishing each other a “May the Fourth be with you” and although we’re bored of that joke, we’re not bored of Darth Vader doing the 42 step Tai Chi lightsaber form. Now here’s someone who can really do no-touch knockouts! Skip about the first minute. Star Wars Tai Chi from John Leo on Vimeo.

The Tao of Dave

This partly serious, partly satirical article was written by my dad and Tai Chi teacher David Keegan. The article is inspired by Lao Tzu’s Taoist classic the Tao Te Ching. This version is of course the Tao Dave Ching, which takes some inspiration from 1960s rock music…. The first lesson of the Tao is not…