Shin Kai is an independent, Melbourne Australia based martial arts
group founded and headed by master instructor George Ciechanowicz. Kin Shin Kai is not
concerned with competition but rather with effective self defense.
on the Goju Ryu karate tradition
as passed down by Master Ohtsuka Tadahiko
of the Goju Kensha, Kin Shin Kai is nonetheless open minded about
investigating alternative or complementary methods from any source
for modifying or adding to its own methods. However our core Goju
Ryu tradition, being one of the original and most popular karate "styles",
already has many excellent methods when properly understood.
our main goals is to streamline and present the tradition in a way
that will make more sense and be more practical. This is in contrast
to the 'Art for art's sake' type activity which is typical of so many
Japanesed karate styles (for some of the reasons why this is so please
refer to the section on History, Origins
this regard Kin Shin Kai has more recently been influenced by the
research and teaching of a number of others including Patrick McCarthy
who over the last 25 years seems to have influenced the direction
of many karate teachers in the western world. Sadly, as is far too
common in the martial arts world, few publicly acknowledge his influence.
We do so here.
We also have been influenced by the extremely efficient Bruneian Silat of Maul Mornie whose brutally effective life or death self defense methods have enhanced the abilities of our more senior and mature students - such methods have to be used selectively and appropriately.
We value our connection with tradition and eschew the modern trend for freestyle "I made it up myself by learning bits and pieces here and there" schools and also those claiming to be uniquely practical in self defence. Whilst the modern 'practical' classes certainly may be more immediately focused on self defence than a holistic traditional style they are almost always using techniques drawn from effective traditional martial arts and often are teaching these in a less effective manner in our experience. Also at the same time they are often deficient in taking time to vet who they are teaching potentially very dangerous techniques to and some schools from our perspective lack an acceptable moral and ethical framework.
classes use our well developed understanding of tradition to focus
on self defense and holistic health and fitness (properly taught traditional
karate targets the enemies within as well as without). Non contact
dojo sparring is also practised but full on competition is left to
individual students to pursue if they are so interested.
self defense skills taught initially have simple yet very effective
elements, which are then enhanced by more sophisticated and rewarding
principles and skills which are the heart of Goju Ryu and associated
traditions. The training is designed to be a very healthy and enjoyable
exercise in its own right.
aim with new students is to instil a sense of discipline, respect
and self confidence. To the foundation striking, blocking and evading
skills of karate, we progressively add escapes, restraints, sweeps,
throws, seizes, locks, grappling, knowledge of vital points and advanced
self defense routines. Safe practice is stressed to students and normal
dojo sparring is "non- contact" i.e. we aim to stop short rather than
hit with our strikes.
towards black belt is measured by a colour belt or "Kyu" grade system
which has 10 levels. There are then many levels
of black belt. Contrary to popular belief & myth, getting a black belt simply
means the student can be considered an adult in karate terms. They
are not in any way 'experts' or invulnerable although they will hopefully have some good basic self defence skills.
This is not always the case as in far too many modern martial arts schools the blackbelt has simply become a commodity and marketing tool. Our experience is that many such students actually have incredibly poor self defence skills even though they like to say they are black belts.
In actual fact the genuinely dedicated students find
that the most rewarding and effective learning occurs after they have attained black belt level.
more senior levels we also encourage development of leadership and
effective communication skills and expect students to be good role
models for more junior students in particular and society in general.
This is in line with the aims of Karate Do (the way of karate) which
stresses personal development.
At the same time we also follow the
idea of Karate Jutsu (the techniques of karate) which demands that
technique be effective.
who may be interested, our "style" is a mixture of Japanese, Okinawan,
Chinese, Bruneian & western influences. We believe "style" is too often
a much misunderstood idea. Even "traditional" styles are just teaching
methods and cannot help but change as different teachers reteach and,
often without being aware of it, reinterperet what they originally learned.
At the end of
the day, every person's style has to be their own - what suits
them. Their mother style simply gives them a set of tools and principles
to start them on the road to achieving that end. We also encourage
and expect our senior students to seek out other teachers knowledge
to help them round off a set of skills that will best suit them
information on Kin Shin Kai check out How
is Kin Shin Kai different?
on enrolling in classes see Training information or Contact Us