Ciechanowicz is the founder, director and chief instructor of Kin Shin Kai.
George commenced his martial arts training in 1972 and currently holds
a NANADAN (7th Dan) Black Belt degree. At this level instructors in
his tradition are recognised as being 'Shihan' or masters of their
he formed the Kin Shin Kai as a vehicle to fulfil the 1981 wish of
his most important teacher and influence, Master Ohtsuka Tadahiko,
to Australianise karate in Australia - just as Japan had Japanesed
it and Okinawa Okinawanised the original art it borrowed from China.
Shihan George has
experience in and/or knowledge of a number of karate traditions and
other Japanese martial arts including aikido, ju jutsu, iaido and
bojutsu. He also has a continuing interest in Chinese martial arts as well as the research and teaching of master instructor Patrick McCarthy and the bruneian silat of guru Maul Mornie. The interest in Chinese martial arts includes the internal arts of Bagua Zhang and Tai Chi, as well
as Chin Na 'seize and restrain' techniques and also the southern Chinese
styles from which a large part of karate developed. Shihan George also continually looks for ideas / methods from any source to enhance his teaching.
major qualifications include a BA in music and philosophy, a Dip Ed
(he is a qualified teacher) and Diplomas in Acupuncture and Massage.
He also has training in Sports medicine and Sports coaching. Formerly
also the long-term instructor at the La Trobe University Karate club,
George has been teaching martial arts for nearly 40 years.
is to pass on the wonderful traditions of the past with far greater
understanding than has been common in modern Karatedo and in a way
that will provide greater practicality and make more sense to today's
student. For some reasons why this might be necessary please refer
to the section on History, Origins and