ShinKen-Do is practical self-defence. Those training work in pairs and progress through various attacks and defence situations. If you were to watch ShinKen-Do being displayed you would see strikes, grabs, throws, takedowns, ground work, Knife, baton and belt defence. There are no katas, sets or patterns.
Students are pared up and constantly changed to familiarise different strengths and weaknesses of their opponents in training.
Focus pads, Kick shields and strike mitts have an important role in ShinKen-Do training. In this manner, pupils are taught safely to apply force with strikes.
Like most forms of Martial Arts emphasis is never placed on strength, but rather skill, therefore making ShinKen-Do suitable for all. ShinKen-Do o is usually done via paired movements in which one person is designated as the attacker (or person who initiates the interaction) and the other is the designated defender (or person who
strives to blend with attacker’s energy, redirect it, and resolve the conflict by placing the attacker in a position from which he can not continue the attack). This is done without a competitive frame of mind, rather the practice is entirely cooperative with each practitioner striving to act out his or her own role with total commitment in order to facilitate the mutual practice.
Anyone can practice ShinKen-Do regardless of their physical abilities. Strength is not a major factor in ShinKen-Do, rather, skill, balance, leverage and speed are needed for then the available strength can be used to its greatest advantage. The application of these abilities also requires determination and spirit and both the physical and the mental aspects of the martial art are developed.
Beginners pass through various grades denoted by different coloured belts. At the coloured grade stage of training the form or shape of the technique must be mastered. As well as teaching the mechanics of various throws, locks and strikes in a static situation students are required to start practicing in more freestyle situations.
This also developes the ability to attack strongly but still control their own aggression.
At the early dan grade stage of training the basic form is broken into infinite applications and applied in all situations.
This involves a great deal of freestyle training and experimentation with techniques that the student thinks they already know fairly well. Students are expected to develop and combine these techniques to suit their own personal attributes and temperament.
The higher dan grades should forget all forms and execute technique with no conscious thought.
At the very highest level no one can trace your movements or capture your technique.
Young men to mature men can go beyond fear and the macho image to the true confidence that enriches your job, your leisure and countless other facets of your life.
The ShinKen-Do Self Defence will help reduce stress caused by pressure and responsibility.
Endurance will increase and your enthusiasm will reach endless bounds.
Everyone will notice the difference when your dynamic qualities are unleashed.
No other exercise program can compare with the positive benefits of martial arts.
Women can gain great pride in the trim and fit appearance that come as a benefit of daily exercise.
And something special happens: when you look better, you feel better.
You are enthusiastic, invigorated and above all ready to take on challenges with poise and unlimited energy.
ShinKen-Do movements are graceful as well as powerful. You will more secure knowing that you have the power to defend yourself at any time.