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About ShinKen-Do


We Believe that everyone no matter what race, gender or age has the right to defend themselves and their love ones.

ShinKen-Do is regarded by many to be one of the best martial arts  self defence and traditional mix martial arts  system. It is designed to be utilized against street attacks, and assaults. It is a highly practical martial arts training system dealing with personal safety issues in defending against both armed and unarmed attackers. 

If practised regularly ShinKen-Do help practitioners in all walks of life. 

It improves self-discipline, self-confidence, self esteem  and aids in concentration, mental performance and good health, offering a total fitness program.

The ShinKen-Do technical syllabus involves a wide variety of strikes, blocks, restraints, joint reversals, releases, takedowns and throws. 

 Emphasis is never placed on strength rather skill, making ShinKen Do suitable for all.

Tremendously Fun and Sociable

ShinKen-Do is highly sociable, with a heavy emphasis on peer relationships in person and through social media. You will have the opportunity to make friends and meet a host of interesting people from all corners of London England and around the world developing lasting friendships. Classes are an even mix or men and women.

There is no macho atmosphere here. 

The emphasis is on self defence fitness and technique, not on fighting. Leave your ego at the door and come in.
We are honoured to have you as our valued member.

How ​is ShinKen-Do Different?


Whilst most martial disciplines are predominantly characterized by a particular approach, ShinKen-Do is based on the assumption that a wider knowledge will be the most appropriate response in any given situation and a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles is the only appropriate preparation for a physical encounter.

ShinKen Do differs from other martial arts in terms of content, practice and application. It is not a traditional martial art. Although there are some similarities between ShinKen-Do and other martial arts. A common story told is of the black belt who is beaten by the ordinary street fighter. He/she became unaware and unaccustomed to the tug, wrestle and aggression of a real fight confrontation. 

Thus became a common criticism towards traditional martial arts is the lack of real-life applicability.

However no martial art system is impractical, rather the methods of unrealistic training varied from one club to the other can have a negative effect on the individuals ability to defend themselves.

Martial arts offer the serious student self defence, self-awareness, character building, fitness, friendship and discipline as with ShinKen-Do. 

It is a martial art rather than simply a self defence.

It is not about fighting dirty or just learning no hold barred moves. Numerous Self Defence and combat systems such as Krav Maga(for example) place emphasis on the physical with little mental and no spiritual development.

There are no sporting elements within ShinKen-Do. In an assault situation an individual has the right to use whatever techniques necessary to defend themselves. 

Simply tournament emphasis rules, actual combat has none. Training teaches you how to build on natural reflex and coordination. You will learn a series of movements, blocks, strikes, locks, throws, weapons defence, chokes, vital area attacks, pressure point application, disabling, restraining components and self defense techniques designed allowing you to defend yourself in the most effective manner appropriate to the situation.

Characteristic of ShinKen-Do



​Students of ShinKen-Do use basic moves in various combinations to fend off variety violent attacks. This means that students adjust to new situations through improvisation. Having the ability to sense and foresee an attack addresses that of the mind. The ability to remain calm under tense condition thus ShinKen-Do 

addresses the thought pattern as well as the physical. Physical and mental unity develops an indomitable spirit.


ShinKen-Do is geared towards the average person. Physical abilities will vary from one practitioner to the other. Improvisation also allows for limitations in physical abilities. Not everyone can bring his or her leg up to a 180-degree angle. 

Students are taught a variety of possible defensive reactions for each possible attack situation, building upon an actual framework of useable techniques. They are then encouraged to utilize the responses that are appropriate to their capabilities. This allows the student to develop a sense of confidence in their abilities.


A unique an important point and neglected part within numerous self defence systems .While movements are physical its directed by though control via signals sent

 to the particular muscle group. The instinctive movement is very fast, and it is apart from the emotional state, which the brain controls the movements just by reflex. Controlling the mind thus becomes essential to proper executed technique. Relaxation is physical but first acquired by your mental ability.

Physical Fitness

Physical fitness is closely interwoven into the system. It comes as a by-product. Being physically and mentally prepared to handle confrontation is why numerous individuals from all walks of life practice Shinken-Do.Training includes breathing exercise and strength building exercises, as well as stretching to increase flexibility reduce injury, stress relief and improve blood circulation.


ShinKen-Do training is geared towards and based on natural body movements. It is therefore easier to use in a violent stress related conditions. 

​Movements are quick and consequential and are aimed towards vital and sensible targets. The techniques were created for real-life situation application. Kicking techniques kept more realistically low and below the waist. Giving the lesser person the victim the chance to emerge the victor. Quite simply ShinKen-Do is a Martial Art Self Defence that is decisive, quick and accessible to anyone.


Most forms of Martial Arts …..

​originated from the orient predominantly China and Japan.

​In the 19th Century there are new arts developed but techniques are sourced mainly from oriental Martial Arts.

Although many people consider Asia to be the center of the martial arts world—though it is not necessarily the birthplace of all the arts. 

However, it can’t be denied that many of the most prominent martial arts originate from the region—kung fu, karate, Tae kwon Do etc

From ancient myths and legends to historical revolutions, martial arts have been shaped by many factors. Sometimes it’s often difficult to trace the evolution of an art because of the lack of historical records. 

This is true for older arts like the Hawaiian martial art lua or the Indonesian art pentjak silat. At the same time, cultural factors and revolutions have threatened to exterminate martial arts, such as  Shaolin kung fu in China. 

​However, history has shown that martial arts have thrived, especially when combined with martial arts from other cultures.

China became the centre of the martial arts universe in 2600 B.C. In 2000 B.C., Emperor Huang Di was noted to be a shuai jiao (wrestling) and pole-fighting expert and had his troops learn martial arts.

In China, the wrestling was called shang pu, and in Korea, it was called tae sang bak. Tae sang bak is also a synonym for the Korean wrestling form known as sireum, which is pronounced as sumo in Japanese.

From there, Japanese martial arts history changed again in 23 B.C., when wrestler Tomakesu-Hayato was ordered to fight Nomi-no-Sukene. Nomi-no-Sukene kicked Tomakesu-Hayato to death by combining his violent wrestling with chikara kurabe. Thus, jujutsu was born.

Chinese martial artists also introduced chuan fa (kempo) to Japan in A.D. 607. When a style of chuan fa that was mixed with jujutsu was taught to Jigoro Kano (1860-1938), he removed the kicks and punches to create judo, which led to Morihei Uyeshiba’s creation of aikido in 1943. 

The interaction and influence between the three countries is evident in many other Japanese martial arts, such as kendo. Likewise, when Okinawan martial artist Sakugawa created karate-no-sakugawa in 1722, the character “kara” originally referred to China. However, after Gichin Funakoshi introduced karate into Japan in 1921, kara’s meaning changed to “empty.”


  ShinKen-Do came into existence when training at Dojo in County Essex England, a 13-year-old Steve Joseph sustained a leg injury.

Nearby gangs gathered at a local community centre and caused constant harassment to Dojo members after training.     
Homeward bound Steve Joseph was chased and attacked by gang members.

Having trained then only in Judo and Karate he utilised skills  to the best of his ability.

Much later the attack was dissected.
He concluded that if he knew how to box, escape from holds, footwork application, utilising low leg kicking techniques for balance coupled with more practical  strikes he would better his self defence arsenal.    

Learning a single system he thought would confine one to the limits of that style and styles became a prison.
By adjoining styles one would be better equipped to handle diversified methods of attack.  

Dissolution with his current training he proceeded to learn numerous methods  and styles adding the best information that each system had to offer.
Gaining Black Belts in 6 different forms of Martial Arts a wide variety of techniques were added to a newly formed syllabus.

In 1984 the first ShinKen-Do school was established with the British ShinKen-Do in 1985 then onto the International ShinKen-Do Organisation in 2000  

​ShinKen-Do has grown to be known as a self-defense Martial Art seen as one of the most practical and unique system of self defence in existence today .