HISTORY OF SHINDO
After having a dream "in which Shintani overcame several swordsmen with the use of a short staff" Sensei began to work on his own to develop the concept. The roots of these basics and other techniques taught by Sensei can be traced back to his extensive Wado Kai training under Master Otsuka. Sensei Shintani used the sabaki motion and explosiveness that he was renowned for to develop the same effects with Shindo. Sensei introduced "Shindo" to a few of his higher ranking black belts that were sworn to secrecy, once he was comfortable with the format, Sensei introduced Shindo to the rest of his black belts. After introducing Shindo to his students, Sensei Shintani requested Sensei Bruce Perkins put together a training and grading process based on the five katas being practiced at the time, SHINDO NIDAN, CIO BO TIE, SEI SHAN NO SHINDO, CHINTO NO SHINDO, and WANSHU NO SHINDO.
Not being certain he understood the request, Sensei Perkins called Sensei Labbé (Secretary General at that time) and asked him to confirm the request with Sensei Shintani. Sensei Shintani confirmed "that was in fact what he wanted". Once notified of this confirmation, Sensei Perkins began to formulate the outline of a plan for the Shindo program. Sensei Perkins was in constant communication with Sensei Shintani about the direction Sensei wanted the program to proceed. A short time later Sensei Shintani passed away May 7, 2000. Unsure of how to proceed with the project, Sensei Perkins formed a committee of Sensei Shintani's high ranking black belts (the first Shindo Committee). After several months which led into years, the program was finalized and approved at the Senate level. Once the program was approved, Sensei Perkins felt he had fulfilled his commitment to Sensei Shintani and stepped down as the chair of the Shindo Committee.
It is important to note Sensei Shintani had a personal influence on the final outcome of all of these katas (SHINDO NIDAN, CIO BO TIE, SEI SHAN NO SHINDO, CHINTO NO SHINDO, and WANSHU NO SHINDO). For this reason it is critical that they are passed down to the next generations unchanged. There are three segments of the Shindo curriculum which were devised by the Shindo committee - Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. Each course is designed to build upon one another to create a strong basis for the dan level rankings and instructor certification. The aim of the Shindo committee is to further develop and spread Sensei Shintani's teachings and philosophies across the continent. For those of you who had the privilege of being associated with Sensei Shintani, you know how important Shindo was to him. He once held the Shindo up in front of a class at a black belt workout and said...
"This is my life".
In essence, it is a gift to his students and to society which showed the true nature of all martial arts.