Member of Jindokai (Society of the path of Benevolence)
Jindokai sitt emblem er en stilisert Fønix. Navnet består av tre stavelser som i denne sammenheng har følgende betydning:
Jin – «å gjøre gode handlinger»
Do – «veien»
Kai – «samfunn/organisasjon/klubb»
På engelsk kan det oversettes til “Society of the Way of Benevolence”. Jindokai sitt motto er «If you hit hard, repair the damage twice over. If you do good in the first place, you won’t have to hit hard.
Stilartene/kampkunstene som er representert under Jindokai er:
Jindokai ledes av Hanshi Stephen Chan, 10. Dan. Se www.stephen-chan.com.
Jindokai – International Martial Arts Association
Stephen Chan began his martial arts training in his family’s adopted homeland, New Zealand. A martial tradition ran through the family, reaching back to the high Tang dynasty. His grandmother was a trained swordswoman who participated in the bloody warlord and brigands era of early 20th century China. Stephen’s first formal teacher was Karl Sargent, the winner of several championships in the Pacific and Asia. He became Karl’s deputy instructor at his headquarters dojo. Assistant instructors included the legendary John Dickson, who had fought with Chairman Mao in the struggle for China. Stephen’s flowing dark hair and John’s flowing white hair were features at outdoor training sessions in the Waitakere rain forest mountains.
Stephen moved to London in the 1970s, he stayed till 1980 when he left for Africa, and returned in the late 1980s. He trained or taught at the legendary dojos in Marshall Street, the Cut, the Budokwai, the Tokei, Earlham Street, Philbeach Gardens and Judd Street. From 1980, Stephen lived and travelled throughout Africa for several years and established a huge public service project of teaching karate to all, including young people from impoverished areas. This project continues today.
Stephen has trained eight times in Okinawa and other parts of East Asia (Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung and Tainan in Taiwan) and been awarded senior grades and titles by Shian Toma, Seiki Toma, and Roy Hobbs. He trained also with Kozo Mita in Tokyo, Seikichi Odo in Okinawa, Boulahfa Mimoun and Kinei Nakasone in Salamanca, Spain, and many other masters around the world. With Wayne Otto as player/coach, he instructed the University of Kent karate club which became the UK’s most successful university club for 9 consecutive years. He helped Roy Hobbs establish the Worldwide Dentokan and worked with him for 30 years.
In 2012, Stephen established his own Jindokai organisation with dojos and 1000 students in several countries. ‘Jin’ is a Confucian value to do with ‘benevolence’, and expresses Stephen’s commitment to the martial arts as a form of outreach and sharing. ‘Jin’ is a Confucian equivalent of Aristotle’s idea of happiness being the performance of public good. In both traditions, the educated person has an obligation to be benevolent. Through ‘Jin’, Stephen seeks to combine the impulses of both his academic and martial lives. The Jindokai is a consultative organisation in which all instructors have a voice without pompous hierarchies. Stephen has fought all his life in many countries for transparent constitutional rule. He seeks that also in his martial life.
The Jindokai is an inclusive and consultative organisation which values creativity within its core characteristics.
The core karate style of Jindokai is Shorin Ryu. Its antecedent form is as Shorin Ryu was practised in the Seidokan dojo of Shian Toma in Okinawa. Just as Shian Toma and his deputies have themselves, over the years, developed variations in practice, the Jindokai recognises that the style is not static. It therefore accepts variation but does so within a core rendition of the traditional kata, which may be said to emanate from kata practice within Toma-dojo in the mid to late-1980s. Promotion within Shorin Ryu is possible to 9 dan.
Goju Ryu is a subsidiary style taught within the Jindokai. It may be practised according to four recognised templates – Miyazato, Toguchi, Shito Naha, and (up to 2012) WKF Goju. However, practitioners should not mix kata from these templates, i.e. the kata have to belong consistently to one of these templates as taught by a recognised Goju school of longstanding. However, the hombu style of Goju will be derived from the Miyazato template as expressed by the Jundokan of Okinawa. Promotion within Goju Ryu is possible to 4 dan.
Shotokan is a subsidiary style taught within the Jindokai for both traditional and competition purposes. Accordingly, its kata performance criteria are drawn from any bona fide descendant group of the JKA for traditional practice and the JKF for competition practice. Promotion within Shotokan is possible to 4 dan.
The weapons taught within Jindokai are reflective of Okinawan practice as found in Toma-dojo in the 1980s, and in the dojo of Seikichi Odo in the 1990s and early 2000s. The major weapons are taught, with at least two kata per weapon being available for tuition. Further kata may be taught utilising bo, as a weapon with universal characteristics and historical utility. Competence with weapons forms part of the Shorin Ryu syllabus and grading requirements. Otherwise, Kobudo is an elective. However, the Jindokai will not offer specialised Kobudo gradings.