What Is MayoShinDo
MEANING OF MAYOSHINDO
Shin – no direct equivalent in English but is usually translated as “heart”, “spirit” or “perfection”.
Do – “way” or “path”: a martial art that is not purely a combat system but aims to provide a path through life for the practitioner.
Thus “Mr Mayo’s perfecting way”, to which we add “try for perfection in everything you do”. Of course none of us can achieve perfection, we can just learn from our teachers and from each other and try our best to improve.
MayoShinDo Karate is primarily a striking art, although blocks, avoidance, throws, sweeps, locks, weapons, groundwork etc. are all included in a set syllabus for each grade. There are kata (forms) for all grades. Paired or group practise is non-contact. Mitts, punch bags etc. are used to test a student’s focus, accuracy and power.
Principles of MayoShinDo
- teaches self-discipline
- teaches self-protection
- improves fitness
- uses movement, speed, accuracy and focus
- uses English for all its techniques
- promotes self-confidence, but with respect for others
- is non-contact
- is not competitive or aggressive
- does not rely on physical strength
- does not use stylised shouts or forced breathing
- does not do breaking or hardening of striking parts