KAMISHIN RYU HISTORY & ETHOS- continued

One aspect of Modern Karate which has caused great concern over recent years is the advent of Sports Karate. This has no place in Kamishin Ryu Karate, which is practiced purely as a martial art, as opposed to a martial sport. Kamishin Ryu Karate Do is not, however, practiced just as fighting technique. The fundamental techniques are perfected through many years of practice and study, but to make any effective use of these techniques, the spiritual aspect must also play a role. Kamishin Ryu Karate is a purely oriental martial art and to understand the innermost secrets, one must train with the proper attitude, exhibit courtesy and the correct behaviour.

The first purpose in the study of Kamishin Ryu Karate, is the cultivation of a spirit of humility. At the same time, the ability and strength sufficient to overcome an attacker should be developed. Becoming a true exponent of Kamishin Ryu Karate Do is only possible when one reaches perfection in both these aspects, one of them spiritual, the other physical. It must be stressed that both of these aspects must be developed side by side, for if the physical side is not balanced with the spiritual side, Karate degenerates into brutality and violence. The constant struggle in coming to terms with the requirements of the training helps to forge a spirit of perseverance and has a positive effect on the demeanour of the individual.  

HISTORY OF KAMISHIN RYU IN THE UK