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Introduction of New Shindo Katas

Extract from Sensei Denis Labbé (President) letter to the SWKKF Membership

Shindo Committee / September 9, 2010

The Shindo Committee is dedicated to the introduction of Shindo into the everyday teachings of our organization's students.  However, the Committee is also dedicated to improving and expanding upon Shindo teachings.


We are aware of some Shindo kata(s) that exist currently that are not part of the curriculum and wish to explore them and any others that exist beyond our awareness.  The Shindo curriculum should be representative of the entire organization as all members have valuable thoughts and input.


These kata(s) may be submitted to the Shindo Committee either in person or via video recording.  Regardless of the method of submission, a detailed explanation of all important points is to be included.  This may include, but is not limited to the following:


  • Stances

  • Grips

  • Target areas

  • Timing

  • Bunkai

  • History and inspiration for the

  • Participating members who contributed to the kata development

  • Any other important information that is relevant

If you are considering developing a new Shindo kata a good starting reference point are the Shindo DVDs themselves.  They were intended to be instructional tools and cover the necessary Shindo curriculum.


Upon receipt of a kata a thorough review will be performed by the Shindo Committee.  Once a good understanding is achieved, the kata will be presented to the Senate for approval.  The Senate will make their final decision on whether the kata is eligible and appropriate for tournament competition purposes.  In addition, the kata may be recommended to be incorporated into the curriculum for Shindo at some level.


Shindo is Sensei Shintani’s art and life.  All who study karate are in turn studying Shindo and vice versa, whether they realize it or not.  Inherently they may seem different but parallels between karate and Shindo are undeniable.  With so many skilled karate and Shindo practitioners in our organization the Shindo Committee wishes to draw upon all knowledge.  Collectively we all benefit from this mindset.


The Shindo Committee would like to thank everyone for their involvement in Shindo.  With your support Shindo will continue to grow and prosper.

Shindo Reference Manual

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