Simon Keegan has authored three books with New Haven, two on the subject of King Arthur and one on martial arts. His first book Pennine Dragon and the follow up, The Lost Book of King Arthur identified the mythological king with a historic northern British ruler called Arthwys ap Mar and located the famous Camelot in Huddersfield. The books were featured in the Times, Mirror and Mail. Simon was invited onto the famous BBC Breakfast sofa at the Roman site of Camulodonum at Outlane was granted full protection by Historic England. His findings were later backed by the leading Arthurian professor at Bangor University. One the back of the publicity, Warner Brothers chose Huddersfield for the local release of the Guy Ritchie King Arthur movie. His third book Karate Jutsu has already gathered worldwide acclaim. In a foreword, international instructor and author Steve Rowe 9th Dan, head of the Martial Arts Standards Agency, said: "Considering I have been at the centre of the Karate universe for four decades there is much in this book that I have never seen or heard. It's a must for any Karateka to read time and time again to understand the origins of Karatedo and its structure, and essential for the bookshelf of any serious martial artist." The UK's senior Karate teacher Terry Wingrove 9th Dan, head of Karate Jutsu International said in his foreword: "Simon has earned his place as a modern day Sherlock Holmes... I thought with 67 years in Martial Arts that I had a good knowledge of my chosen subject but Simon has opened up so many new sources. I sincerely wish this book the success it deserves and expect to see it quickly become a standard all over the world."
It's a must for any Karateka to read time and time again to understand the origins of Karate and its structure, and essential for the bookshelf of any serious martial artist - Steve Rowe 9th Dan Simon Keegan has a true passion when it comes to the martial arts. It is a special breed of man who lives the arts, rather than just doing them. He is without a doubt one of the true guardians of the history of the arts. They are in good hands - Alfie Lewis 9th Dan I was immediately impressed with the quality of Keegan's articles. So I knew his book would be a well-researched, well-documented, and enlightening text. It ties down many of the loose ends and nagging questions that have existed for many years - Jim Mather 9th Dan Simon is skilled in the history of quite a number of martial arts of Japan, China and other eastern arts. I would recommend that you read this and his other works - Phil Handyside 9th Dan I am glad to be part of Simon's effort to share knowledge of the history of Karate with this book - Fumio Demura 9th Dan Simon has earned his place as a modern day Sherlock Holmes determining the true origins of Karate and separating the fact from the fiction which abounds martial arts - Terry Wingrove 9th Dan