The Karate division is headed by Simon Keegan who holds the grade of 5th Dan Renshi. Simon is recognised by Kokusai Budoin (Japan’s oldest martial arts fraternity) as the organisation’s senior UK Shotokan Karate instructor. The head of the Shotokan division is Hirokazu Kanazawa. Simon previously graded 4th Dan with the WKA/WKF and 3rd Dan in Kokusai Budoin in Tadanori Nobetsu’s Nisseikai Karate under Kyoshi Reiner Parsons. Our technical advisor is Hanshi Terry Wingrove, a Karate Jutsu master who has studied for more than 60 years. Terry’s teachers include Kanazawa, Shirai, Mochizuki, Fujimoto, Fujiwara and Tani. He was a senior official with FAJKO. Simon’s assistant instructor is Phil Jennings who has studied martial arts for almost 40 years, including Shito Ryu and Shotokan.
TAI CHI (TAIJI QUAN)
The Tai Chi division is headed by Sifu David Keegan and our school is affiliated to Shikon, and in turn the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts and International Wu Shu Federation. The head of Shikon, Steve Rowe studied Yang style Tai Chi under Sifu Jim Uglow and the head of Yang style Ma Lee Yang. David Keegan has a long history of martial arts but has focused on Yang style for most of the last 20 years.
The Nihon Jujutsu division is headed by Simon Keegan who holds the grade of 5th Dan Renshi. Simon was awarded his 5th Dan by Shikon and previously graded 3rd Dan recognised by the EJJU/IJJF and 2nd Dan Nihon Jujutsu with Kokusai Budoin (Japan’s oldest martial arts fraternity). Simon’s Nihon Jujutsu grades were recognised by grandmaster Shizuya Sato (10th Dan) and the hereditary shogun Tokugawa Yasuhisa. Our technical advisor is Hanshi Terry Wingrove, a Jujutsu master who has studied for more than 60 years. Terry’s Jujutsu teachers included grandmaster Kimbei Sato and Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba.
Our Aikido division is headed by Robert Casement 4th Dan whose teacher Alan Ruddock was a direct student of founder grandmaster Morihei Ueshiba. Alan introduced both Aikido and Shotokan Karate to Ireland.
The Iaido division is headed by David Keegan who has studied Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu for more than 15 years. His teachers have included Japanese masters like Keiji Tose, Yoshida and Iwasa and western masters like Elizabeth Noissier, John Lovatt and Allan Tattersall. David has demonstrated Iaido at Japanese cultural festivals and taught all over the country. Hanshi Tattersall presented him with his Renshi title, a hand painted kanji and a Japanese kimono.
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
Wigan: Tai Chi
Dalton school (Dalton St Michael CofE)
Wednesdays and Thursday: 7:30pm
Sifu David Keegan
Isle of Man: Aikido
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7pm
Robert Casement Sensei
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