The recently established local Shinken-Do Self Defence Club held a successful grading under instructors Mark Flynn 3rd Dan and Emily O’Shea 2nd Dan.
The club continues to grow as more and more people begin to recognise that in today’s society the simple truth is, the bad guys are learning fast.
With the explosive growth of MMA around the world, basic submissions, positions, and fight strategies have never been so familiar to everyday people.
Unfortunately in many MMA gyms the students rarely if ever, learn the moral aspects that will ensure the safe and ethical application of the techniques, and this presents a very serious threat to ordinary people. Shinken-Do aims to rebalance the scales in favour of the ordinary member of the public.
ShinKen-Do is a modern self defence Martial Art system incorporating striking, grappling and ground fighting and is designed to be utilized against armed and unarmed street assaults.
It’s founder, Master Steve Joseph attained black-belts in Shotokan Karate, Yawara Jujitsu, and Yoseikan Aikido and Black Sashes in Lau Gar, Wing Chun, Pak Mei, and Kung Gi and he also studied in great detail Western Boxing and Muay Thai.
He has won numerous titles in professional boxing, kickboxing and Martial Arts bouts adding to his growing knowledge of what works and what doesn’t work in a live environment. He has blended the styles into ‘Shinken-Do’, a method of Self Defence for the modern era.
Shinken-Do recognises that most people, whilst wishing to learn how to defend themselves, do not wish to train in an environment where there is a significant risk of injury and therefore all of its training is carried out with safety in mind, with no hard striking and on a co-operative basis, thereby allowing the student to avoid unnecessary bruising and injury and to continue to practice the art into old age, making it a very suitable activity for male, female, young and old alike.
It incorporates the philosophy of the eastern martial arts where character is developed and the aim of overwhelming and defeating one’s training partner is not the objective.
“We do not stress learning how to brawl. We do not advocate violence or cultivate bullies. A physical confrontation should be avoided but when that situation does arise then the Shinken-do student is better prepared than most”, commented Joseph.
New members are always welcome and do not require a high level of flexibility nor physical fitness.
Local instructor Sensei Mark Flynn 3rd Dan teaches classes in Shinken-Do in the Strongroom on the Coe’s road on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30pm to both males and females over the age of 15, with the first class free for those who wish to try it out. Sensei Mark and can be contacted on 087-2879434 firstname.lastname@example.org.