Headteacher Simon Keegan, a 5th Dan in Karate since 2012 and a 4th Dan in Jujutsu since 2007 has been awarded 5th Dan Jujutsu. The award was made by Steve Rowe (8th Dan) who holds Dan grades in Karate, Jujutsu, Iaido and Jodo. Simon previously graded 2nd Dan and 3rd Dan within the Kokusai Budoin organisation, following the Nihon Jujutsu system of Shizuya Sato. His full biography is below:
SIMON KEEGAN (RENSHI)
5th Dan Karate – 5th Dan Jujutsu – 3rd Dan Judo – 2nd Dan Taiji Quan
Simon Keegan was born in Liverpool in 1979 to a martial arts family. His father David Keegan had commenced Jujutsu study in 1959 with the Lowlands Jujutsu and later Karate, Iaido and Kung Fu; and his great uncle trained in the 1940s at Skyners Jujutsu becoming a blackbelt. Simon trained from an early age and joined his first club at the age of 11.
In 1995, at the age of 16 Simon began formally studying Karate with Steve Bullough in the Bushidokan, learning Karate, Jujutsu, Aikido and Judo. He was awarded his blackbelt age 20 and competed at national level in Karate, kickboxing and Kobudo/Iaido.
Simon then moved his studies to Shotokan, attaining his 2nd Dan under Bob Carruthers and also continuing his studies of Chinese martial arts and Jujutsu as well as being awarded 2nd Dan in Ryukyu Kempo Karate Jutsu by Andy Wilshaw. His Chinese martial arts studies including Yang style Tai Chi, Sun style (which also comprises Pakua and Hsing-I) and Chinese sword. Simon’s Jujutsu studies were in the Bugei Ju Hapan (18 martial arts) including, Koppo Jutsu, Kosshi jutsu, Aikijutsu, Ju Tai Jutsu, Bo Jutsu, Jo jutsu, Iai jutsu, Ken Jutsu, So jutsu and Kusari Gama. He was awarded 2nd Dan in Jujutsu and Koryu weapons in 2002.
On a seminar with the legendary Mitsuhiro Kondo, one of the masters who introduced Karate and Aikido to Europe in the 1950s, Simon joined the Kokusai Budoin of which he became a regional officer with his grades recognised by the hereditary shogun Tokugawa Yasuhisa. He also was recognised as a 2nd Dan in Nihon Jujutsu by Shizuya Sato (a student of Wado Ryu founder Ohtsuka, Kenji Tomiki and Judo masters Mifune and Ito). In 2003 he met R Carruthers’ teacher Phil Handyside who became a mentor to him. Shihan Handyside began his studies in Jujutsu in 1963, before gaining his Dan grades in Shotokan and Malaysian Budokan, derived from the Karate of Kanken Toyama.
He began studying Goju Ryu and was graded 3rd Dan by Reiner Parsons and also trained with Tadanori Nobetsu. The style was Nisseikai which combined Okinawan Goju Ryu with Feeding Crane Quan Fa, bringing the art closer to its Naha Te origins.
Simon began to pursue the old Karate Jutsu and Yawara methods, training with masters like Terry Wingrove and also studying Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu. He became a member of the International Jujutsu Federation (Seibukan) and Karate Jutsu International, and was a founder member of the English Karate Federation, as a 4th Dan Renshi in Karate and Jujutsu in 2007. He was awarded his 5th Dan by Shihan Handyside in 2012.
He demonstrated his art in major Japanese cultural festivals including Doki Doki and performed Kata with the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 he had chance to train with the legendary Fumio Demura. In 2017 he was awarded 5th Dan in Jujutsu by Shikon.
Manchester: Karate & Jujutsu
Circle Martial Arts
52 Newton Street, Manchester M1 1ED
Monday evenings: 8:30pm
Sunday mornings: 10:00am
Shihan: Simon Keegan (5th Dan Renshi Karate & Jujutsu)
Sempai: Philip Jennings