Sensei Masaru Shintani developed Shindo from the hanbo (3 foot staff) jutsu techniques of his samarai ancestors, the Matsumoto clan of Japan. Shindo is now a modern martial art practiced around the world. It was primarily developed as defensive tactics for law enforcement agencies but has been adopted by various traditional martial artists. The Shindo stick is 1.25" diameter, 3 feet long with rounded ends. It is made from either oak (preferably) or maple and is normally painted black. Sensei Shintani has certified over 1200 black belts in Shindo.

September 1996 Shindo Ranking

Left to right: Ron Sheyan (4th Dan), Sharon Imeson (4th Dan), Margaret Sheyan (3rd Dan),
Joe Fagundes (1st Dan), Ian Mador (4th Dan), Steve Borda (5th Dan), Jamie Darker (2nd Dan),
Sensei Dave Manara (8th Dan), Carlos Garcia (5th Dan), Steve Zulauf (1st Dan),
Victor Bocking (1st Dan), Maria Tam (1st Dan). Not shown Andy Basacchi, (2nd Dan)

Shindo is a stick form utilizing striking techniques, thrusting techniques, blocking techniques, as well as locking or control techniques. As with all good martial arts kihon (basic) drills are practiced regularly as well as kihon kumite (pre-arranged sparring) drills, kata and jiyu kumite (free sparring). A specially designed foam covered Shindo stick is utilized for both kihon kumite and jiyu kumite. For safety, head protection is also used for these drills. A hockey helmet with appropriate faceguard is acceptable.

At Toronto Wado Kai we are presently using 10 kihon katas and have modified the kata Jion for use with Shindo creating Jion Shindo.

Brooklin WKK Shindo Class - May, 2004

Left to right: Nikolai Cook, Jordan Tumbas, Ron Sheyan, Laura Tumbas, Sharon Imeson,
Heather Cant, Marcus Cook, Anthony Woodward

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