In Bushinkai we teach the classical martial arts of Okinawa (Karate, Kobudo), Japan (Jujutsu, Judo, Aikido, Iaido) and China (Tai Chi and Chi Kung).
Our instructors were classically trained at the highest level. For example in 2003 we joined Kokusai Budoin, Japan’s oldest martial arts fraternity.
The Kokusai Budoin was established after WWII by Prince Higashikuni (Emperor Hirohito’s nephew) and it is currently presided over by the hereditary Shogun Tokugawa Yasuhisa.
Training and teaching under Kokusai Budoin, Bushinkai instructors had chance to train under some of the world’s leading masters including: Shizuya Sato (10th Dan Nihon Jujutsu, 9th Dan Judo); Hirokazu Kanazawa (10th Dan Shotokan Karate); Keiji Tose (10th Dan Iaido); Mitsuhiro Kondon (9th Dan Judo); Tadanori Nobetsu (9th Dan Goju Ryu Karate) and Iaido masters Hara and Yoshida.
Simon Keegan graded to 2nd Dan Nihon Jujutsu, 3rd Dan Nisseikai Karate and 5th Dan Shotokan Karate under Kokusai Budoin and is still ranked as the senior Shotokan practitioner with Kokusai Budoin in the UK.
A family tradition
Before Simon and his father studied martial arts, his great uncle Bill was a Jujutsu blackbelt, and great uncle Ted fought in the battle of Okinawa; Bill and Simon’s grandfather Jim were taught boxing by their father William (a first world war veteran) and he by his father August Nilsson who was in the Swedish Royal Navy. The Nilsson family were a long line of seafarers who travelled the world including the Far East and this once informal boxing tradition is now at the heart of our formal teaching.