Our licenses and insurance are through Shikon Martial Arts, an internationally respected organisation at the forefront of academic standards in the martial arts. Shikon is part of the BCCMA (in turn part of IWF) and the Karate England and the International Karate Union. In addition Bushinkai also supports Kokusai Budoin UK the British branch of Japan’s oldest martial arts fraternity.
The divisions in traditional Japanese Budo taught in Bushinkai are based on those of Kokusai Budoin:
- KARATE Okinawan Karate and southwestern Japanese Jujutsu: Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu
- KOBUDO Okinawan weapons are taught alongside Karate and Japanese weapons alongside Jujutsu
- IAIDO Traditional Iaido from the Tokyo area: Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu
- NIHON JUJUTSU & JUDO Traditional northeastern Japanese Jujutsu system: Nihon Jujutsu
- AIKIDO: Traditional Aikido as taught by the founder Aiki no Michi
Divisions in traditional Chinese Wu Shu (as in the International Wushu Federation):
- TAIJI QUAN DIVISION Traditional Beijing Tai Chi: Yang Style
- TAIJI JIAN DIVISION Traditional Beijing Tai Chi Sword: Yang Style
TRADITIONAL JAPANESE & OKINAWAN BUDO DIVISIONS
OF KOKUSAI BUDOIN TAUGHT WITHIN BUSHINKAI:
KARATE & KOBUDO
HAKUDA KEMPO TOSHU JUTSU:
CLASSES IN MANCHESTER
If Shotokan, Wado Ryu and Goju Ryu are branches of Karate then Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu is the trunk.
Toshu Jutsu is traditionally taught in terms of the content of its kata, bunkai, weapons and drills. It is a complete Karate system that we like to think is very much in keeping with the Karate practiced by the art’s original pioneers in Okinawa.
What makes Toshu Jutsu different however is that as well as being true to the art’s heritage it is also true to the realities of self defence.
The Bushinkai Method is fiercely pragmatic and combat orientated and students are taught the realities of self protection from day one.
Our Karate school is recognised by the International Karate Union
Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu includes traditional kata such as Heian, Tekki, Bassai, Kanku, Empi, Hangetsu, Nijushiho, Jutte and Meikyo. Historically Toshu Jutsu is related to Chinese Quan such as Bazi Quan, Hsin-I Quan and Taiji Quan and is also related to the Japanese Jujutsu (Hakuda Kempo or Yawara) methods of Shingan Ryu, Kito Ryu and Yoshin Ryu.
Weapon in Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu include: Bo, Sai, Tonfa, Nunchaku and Dipdao.
The main class for Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu is Thursdays 8pm-9:30pm.
MUSO JIKIDEN EISHIN RYU IAIDO:
SPECIAL COURSES AND DEMOS
Iaido is the art of the Japanese sword. Unlike, for example, Kendo which centres around two man sparring with wooden weapons, Iaido is about drawing the sword, performing perfect cuts with awareness and poise and understanding the meanings and application of every sword stroke.
Iaido has always been a tertiary art of our Ryu and one that is often demonstrated on our seminars. The Iaido we practice is largely based upon Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu and Muso Shinden Ryu.
Kenjutsu derived from Jigen Ryu is also part of Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu.
Nihon Jujutsu is authentically Japanese Jujutsu. While there are some aspects of Jujutsu in our Karate method (Toshu Jutsu is related to Yoshin Ryu, Kito Ryu, Shingan Ryu and Jigen Ryu), Nihon Jujutsu is an entirely different art.
This requires some explanation. Jujutsu is a catch-all term for unarmed or lightly armed fighting methods in Japan, but many of the actual Ryu referred to their arts as Te, Hakuda, Yawara, Torite Jutsu and so on.
The aforementioned styles like Yoshin Ryu (Hakuda) and Shingan Ryu (Yawara) are close in appearance to Karate. They are Suhada Jujutsu methods that use a lot of strikes and have Chinese origins.
Whereas other Jujutsu methods have older Japanese origins and date back to the days of Yoroi Kumiuchi (grappling in armour). These methods included Takenouchi Ryu, Daito Ryu, Tenjin Shinyo Ryu and its modern derivative Kodokan Judo.
Nihon Jujutsu weapons include the Tanjo (a short stick something like an Escrima stick), the Tanto knife and the Jo staff.
Judo is closely related to Nihon Jujutsu and the art of Judo chiefly developed from the schools of Kito Ryu and Tenjin Shinyo Ryu.
Bushinkai have been lucky to train with some excellent Judo teachers including: Shizuya Sato, Mitsuhiro Kondo, Colin Hutchinson, Jack Hearn and Ray Walker.
Bushinkai’s Aikido representative is Robert Casement Sensei (3rd Dan) a student of the late great Alan Ruddock, who in turn trained with the founder.
Aikido was largely developed from Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu but also includes aspects of Tenjin Shinyo Ryu and Chinese internal martial arts. Styles of Aikido all differ such as Yoseikan, Yoshinkan, Shudokan and Tomiki.
Bushinkai have trained with some excellent Aikido teachers including the late Alan Ruddock.
Japanese Budo grades times based on that specified by Kokusai Budoin:
10th Kyu-1st Kyu: 3-6 months between grades
1st Dan: After at least four years training
2nd Dan: More than a year and a half after promotion to 1st Dan
3rd Dan: More than two years after promotion to 2nd Dan
4th Dan: More than three years after promotion to 3rd Dan
Renshi: Minimum of two years since promotion to 4th Dan
5th Dan: More than four years after promotion to 4th Dan
6th Dan: More than five years after promotion to Renshi
Kyoshi: Minimum of two years since promotion to 6th Dan
7th Dan: More than six years after promotion to 6th Dan
8th Dan: More than ten years after promotion to 7th Dan
Hanshi: Outstanding service for development of Martial Arts. Minimum age, 50 years of age. Minimum rank, 8th Dan
TRADITIONAL CHINESE WUSHU:
YANG STYLE TAI CHI
CLASSES IN WIGAN
The traditional Chinese internal martial art of Tai Chi is taught by Sifu David Keegan.
Our parent association Shikon is headed by Sifu Steve Rowe who has trained with the grandmaster of Yang style and is recognised by the BCCMA and IWF governing bodies.
Tai Chi was originally developed in northern China by families such as the Chen and Yang. The art is characterised by its soft flowing techniques. Its weapons include the Jian, a rapier-like straightsword.
Chinese Wushu grades times based on that specified by International Wushu Federation
Pre-grade 1 (Equivalent to Japanese 3rd Kyu)
Pre-grade 2 (Equivalent to Japanese 2nd Kyu)
Pre-grade 3 elementary Duan (Equivalent to Japanese 1st Kyu) 2 years training
1st Duan – must have been elementary Duan for at least 1 year (Equivalent to Japanese 1st Dan)
2nd Duan – must have been 1st Duan for at least 1 year (Equivalent to Japanese 2nd Dan)
3rd Duan – must have been 2nd Duan for at least 1 year (Equivalent to Japanese 3rd Dan)
4th Duan (Equivalent to Japanese 4th Dan)
5th Duan (Equivalent to Japanese 5th Dan)
And so on…