half of the 1980's Sensei Snewin concentrated on developing the club [as
it was then] and
contact with other organisations was
limited as Sensei Snewin had a very
insular approach to the club, wanting only to produce good quality
students. Due to the extreme nature of the training (a
legacy of Sensei Snewin's own past training with Sensei Kamimoto) ,
nearly all his early students did not last much past 1st Kyu and left to find clubs
which were not so fanatical in their training methods.
after an invitation to a National Open Knockdown Championships, a
contingency of Kamishin Ryu students went along to take part, never
having before experienced anything other than regular dojo kumite. The
result was a National Lightweight Championship win for one of Sensei Snewin's students and all of the other Kamishin students went through to
either the Quarter or Semi finals. This started to generate some
interest in Kamishin Ryu Karate and over the following few years, Sensei
Snewin opened other dojo throughout his immediate area in order to
develop the school.
Sensei Snewin has branch dojo in that the North East and South East of
England and his unique background and knowledge of Japanese fighting systems have
made him a teacher in much demand and in addition to teaching Karate and Kobujutsu during the week, he teaches at numerous seminars and courses
all over the UK and as a result, the Kamishin Ryu Karate-Do Association
UK continues to grow.