Sensei Snewn &
Sensei Morihiro Saito 1991

OTHER INFLUENCES

In addition to Karate training, Kamimoto Sensei also coached Sensei Snewin in the fundamental use of the sword in order for him to better understand the fundamental principles of distancing, entering, timing etc. The Kamishin Ryu karate system also includes aspects of older Japanese combat systems incorporating joint and vital point techniques, something which would stand him in good stead when later he was to experience the teaching of Sensei Morihiro Saito of Iwama Ryu Aikido. Whilst a slightly different form of Aikido to his previous experience, Sensei Snewin's understanding of Kamishin Ryu meant that the intensity of practice in this harder form of Aikido was not unfamiliar to him. Addtionally, Iwama Ryu places great store in weapons training and this approach also helped him to understand Ryukyu Kobujutsu when starting out with Sensei Julian Mead as the fundamental principles are common to all 3 methods.  In addition to training with Saito Sensei in Aikido, Sensei Snewin also trained on numerous occasions with Sensei Higaonna of the IOGKF on his regular visits to Britain, and other visiting Japanese instructors in order to pit his skills against those of other systems.


In 1991 he began training with Sensei Julian Mead of the Ryukyu Kobujutsu Hozon Shinko Kai. His formative training with Kamimoto Sensei had a beneficial effect on his approach to Kobujutsu practice and gave him some insight into the principles of movement involved.  The common method of moving between Karate, Kenjutsu and Kobujutsu proved useful in establishing a new  passion in the shape of Okinawan Kobujutsu which meshed in terms of approach and movement, almost perfectly with Kamishin Ryu Karate.  In Sensei Mead, he found a mentor who helped to fill the gap left by Kamimoto Sensei and although remaining completely faithful to the Karate system taught to him by Kamimoto Sensei, Sensei Mead's guidance and instruction helped to unlock some of the more complex issues he had been wrestling with since his teacher's return to Japan and continues to do so.