HISTORY OF KAMISHIN RYU IN THE UK

In 1980 the opportunity came for Kamishin Ryu Karate to be introduced to the UK. This was achieved by one of Kameyama Sensei's most senior disciples, Kamimoto Hiroshi Sensei. Kamimoto Sensei was not only a senior in Karate but came from a very old Samurai family and was also an expert in kenjutsu. He came to the UK under the auspices of the company for whom he worked and began teaching Karate at his home in Worcester. His students were very few in number and were taught on a personal basis. He returned to Japan in 1984, after having helped to establish the first UK Kamishin Ryu dojo in Staffordshire.

Sensei Snewin teaching at one of 
his many seminars

In 1984, Eikoku Kamishin Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai was formed by Sensei Phil Snewin and since then, has grown from a single club dojo to a thriving association with member dojo in various parts of the UK and Europe. From this simple beginning, KRKD UK has achieved much, both in terms of recognition of the system's content and validity and in attracting those from more mainstream styles who have become disillusioned with the emphasis placed on the sporting arena at the expense of a more classical approach to training.

In addition to managing the member dojo within the association, Sensei Snewin also teaches as a guest instructor at many seminars and courses throughout the UK and abroad, and as a result of these efforts, Eikoku Kamishin Ryu Karate-Do Kyokai continues to grow and is attracting interest from other parts of the world.



KAMISHIN RYU HISTORY & ETHOS