Tai Chi headteacher

Sifu David Keegan
Headmaster: Metal Tiger Academy

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Sifu David Keegan specialises in the classical Chinese art of Yang style Tai Chi, an art he has studied for almost 20 years – but his martial arts studies go back much further.

David was born in an auspicious Chinese Year of the Metal Tiger (1950) and grew up in Liverpool’s then notorious Kirkby area where his schoolmates included future world boxing champion John Conteh.

In around 1959-1961 he joined the local Jujutsu/Judo club that was opened by future prime minister Harold Wilson and classes taught by Sensei Bernie Blundell of the famous family of Liverpool Jujutsuka. Studying everything from Indian Yoda and meditation to Chinese Taoist Classics in Chinatown he maintained his interest in the eastern arts. Friends with one of the blackbelts from Liverpool’s legendary Red Triangle Shotokan Karate club, he attended squad training with the club as they ran round Sefton Park as part of the morning routine under the watchful eye of master Enoeda.

After a stint as a rifleman for the Duke of Lancaster’s Own, his job in international shipping took him to the Far East, living and working in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Thailand and Macao in the mid 1980s. There he became intrigued by the art of Tai Chi.

Sifu David Keegan and Prince Charles
Sifu David Keegan and Prince Charles

He joined a local Tai Chi club and for eight years was taught Yang style, Sun style and exercises from related arts like Hsing-I and Chi Kung and being afforded the opportunity to train on seminars with grandmasters like Li De Yin.

Pushing hands with Sifu Steve Rowe who trained directly with the grandmaster of Yang style
Pushing hands with Sifu Steve Rowe who trained directly with the grandmaster of Yang style

While studying Chinese Internal Martial Arts he also maintained study of the Japanese arts. As a member of Tokyo’s Kokusai Budoin he trained in an ancient Samurai Koryu called Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu. In this art of Iaido he trained under grandmasters like Tose, Hara and Yoshida. He also received instruction in Karate and Escrima from the likes of Reiner Parsons (who graded him 3rd Dan) and Bob Carruthers (who graded him 4th Dan). He has also attended seminars in Yang style Tai Chi under Sifu Steve Rowe (Shikon, BCCMA) who congratulated David on his 5th Dan in 2013.

Sifu using a Bien Chinese whip against son Simon who has a Jian Chinese sword
Sifu using a Bien Chinese whip against son Simon who has a Jian Chinese sword

Today Sifu David Keegan teaches two classes a week, focusing on Yang style Tai Chi which he has formally studied for around 20 years.

Tai Chi classes:

Dalton school (Dalton St Michael CofE)
Higher Lane
Wigan
WN8 7RP

Wednesdays and Thursday 7:30pm

Pictured below: 2015 article in which he was featured in Martial Arts Guardian demonstrating Yang style Tai Chi and Iaido:

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