Origins, Principles and Concepts

by Sensei Jim Atkinson

The art of Shindo was devised by Masaru Shintani Sensei, 9th Dan, in the early 1970’s and he started teaching Shindo to his students in the late 1980’s.  Sensei had made the Shindo methods and principles known to Otsuka Sensei who gave it his full endorsement.

Its concept is two-fold.

First, it was to be a supplement to karate training incorporating the fundamentals of the Shintani Karate-method - sudden explosive action, proper body movement as well as combining harmony, peace and humility. These principles were very close to Sensei as they were conductive to real martial arts training.

Second, by being introduced to the law enforcement agencies as a practical method for use by officers in the field, the Shindo method would enhance the abilities and effectiveness of the performance of those using its principles and training.

In essence, it is a gift to his students and to society which showed the true nature of all martial arts.


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Last updated: October 28, 2021 | Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation © 2021