Classical Karate and Jujutsu classes for 2017

We teach in a fully equipped, traditional Japanese-Okinawan Dojo.

Circle Martial Arts
Marlboro House
52 Newton Street, Manchester M1 1ED
Mondays: 8:30pm
Shihan: Simon Keegan 5th Dan Renshi
Sempai: Philip Jennings

While Karate-Do is the next Olympic sport and Brazilian Ju-Jitsu is the latest martial arts craze due to its success in MMA, the Bushinkai Academy teaches old style Okinawan Karate and Nihon Jujutsu. So what does this mean? Simply put, this is Karate (Toshu Jutsu) the way it was originally, as an efficient, effective martial art to incapacitate the opponent. The Nihon Jujutsu we teach (classically Japanese Jujutsu) is drawn from a number of Koryu (Samurai era) schools with emphasis on the percussive methods of southwest Japan known as Hakuda Kempo. The arts of Karate and Jujutsu are taught in one effective system called Hakuda Kempo Toshu Jutsu.


How is Okinawan Karate (Toshu Jutsu) different?

Toshu Jutsu is not about spinning kicks, flying punches and handing out belts to dozens of kids. It is a serious martial art taught to small groups of adults the way it was in Okinawa. We use traditional Okinawan and Chinese conditioning warm-ups, both internal and external. Self defence is practical and brutally effective and Kata movements are analysed for practical applications. A range of Okinawan, Chinese and Japanese weapons are also taught.


How is Nihon Jujutsu different?

Authentic Japanese Jujutsu is not about rolling round on the floor trying to get triangle chokes. It is a practical, efficient combat for when the Samurai was lightly armed or unarmed. Our method, Hakuda Kempo uses precision strikes, breaks and techniques to disable the assailant.

What is on the curriculum?

  • Channan Kata (old style Shuri Te Heian/Pinan forms. 5 Kata with or without weapons)
  •  Naihanchi Kata (the fundamental Shuri Te form, also called Tekki)
  •  Bassai Dai (Kata of Shuri Te)
  •  Kushanku (Important Shuri Te Kata, also called Kanku Dai)
  •  Wansu (Tomari Te form, also called Empi)
  •  Matsu (2 man form, largely based on Naha Te)
  •  Matsukaze (Aragaki-Te form, also called Wankan)
  •  Matsumura Seisan (Important Shorei form, also called Hangetsu)
  •  Other advanced forms: Niseishi (Nijushiho), Jutte, Useishi (Gojushiho), Rohai (Meikyo), Kanku Sho, Bassai Sho


What weapons are taught?

  •  Rokushaku Bo (Okinawan) or Jo (Japanese) staff
  •  Tonfa (Okinawan) side handled baton
  •  Sai (Okinawan) or Jutte (Japanese) metal truncheon
  •  Nunchaku (Okinawan) flails
  •  Eku, Kuwa, Nunti Bo (Okinawan) or Naginata (Japanese) halberd
  •  Jian (Chinese straightsword) and Katana (Japanese longsword)
  •  Dipdao (Chinese butterfly swords)
This wooden weapon can represent the Japanese halberd or the Okinawan Eku - oar or Nunti Bo
This wooden weapon can represent the Japanese Naginata halberd or the Okinawan Eku – oar or Nunti Bo

What class can I join?

Circle Martial Arts
Marlboro House
52 Newton Street, Manchester M1 1ED
Mondays: 8:30pm
Simon Keegan 5th Dan Renshi

Who is the instructor?

Simon Keegan (Renshi) has three decades of study in the martial arts and holds the grade of 5th Dan in Shobukan and Shotokan Karate as well as Dan Grades in Jujutsu and Judo. His mentor is Shihan PAJ Handyside 8th Dan.

In Japan Simon is recognised by the highest ranking masters in the world and his grades were signed by the hereditary shogun Tokugawa Yasuhisa.

Also studying Chinese martial arts for 20 years, he has also practised and researched martial arts of Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. However his real passion is in Okinawan Karate and his research has taken him back to some of the oldest styles of Karate in the world.

Read his full training timeline here. and read his full grading history and training resume here.




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