Shindō jinen-ryū

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Shindo Jinen-Ryu
Logo for Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai.png
Date founded1933
Country of originJapan Japan
FounderYasuhiro Konishi (1893–1983)
Current headYasuhiro (Takehiro) Konishi
Arts taughtKarate
Ancestor artsJujitsu
Ancestor schoolsShitō-ryūShotokanMotobu-ryuTakenouchi-ryū
PractitionersKiyoshi Yamazaki • Mina Yamazaki
Official websiteJapan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai

Shindo Jinen Ryu (神道自然流) is a form of karate that was founded in 1933 by Yasuhiro Konishi (康弘小西, Konishi Yasuhiro).

The Naming of Shindo Jinen Ryu[edit]

Konishi believed that if one lives a moral life, then one is naturally following the divine way. Extending this idea, he posited that, if training in karate in a natural way leads one to mastery of one's body, knowledge and experience are vastly increased and the foundation for naturally living a moral life is established.For this reason Konishi named his own style Shindō jinen-ryū ("godly, natural style, complete empty-handed way").[1]


Shindo Jinen Ryu training has three main elements: kihon (basics), kata (forms or patterns of moves) and kumite (sparring). It incorporates elements of karate, aikido, jujitsu and kendo in its curriculum and also emphasizes both philosophy and education.[2] The strong influences of both Gichin Funakoshi and Kenwa Mabuni are apparent in the style. The catalog of stances and techniques is equally broad, subsuming methods from both Shotokan and Shito-Ryu. There is a strong focus on practicality and an approach that often combines entering strikes with finishing takedowns.


Shindo Jinen Ryu has a large repertoire of kata, incorporating variations on the Shotokan catalog, a number of Shito-Ryu forms and a number of kata that are exclusive to Shindo Jinen Ryu. Kobudo is also part of this element of the style's curriculum.

 Traditional Katas   Standard Katas   Kobudo   Additional Kata 
Tai Sabaki Shodan Heian Shodan Suna Kake No Kon Shisochin
Tai Sabaki Nidan Heian Nidan Shushi No Kon Dai Saifa
Tai Sabaki Sandan Heian Sandan Shushi No Kon Sho Kururunfa
Seiryu Heian Yondan Sakugawa No Kon Tomari Bassai
Rohai Heian Godan Tozan No Kama
Naifanchin Tekki Shodan Ishimine No Tonfa
Anan Tekki Nidan Hama Hi Ga No Tonfa
Chatan Yara No Koshokun Tekki Sandan Ishimine No Sai
Nipaipo Bassai Dai Tsuken Shita Ha Ku No Sai
Pinan Shodan Bassai Sho Hama Hi Ga No Sai
Pinan Nidan Kanku Dai Tawa Ta No Sai
Pinan Sandan Kanku Sho Chatan Yara No Sai
Pinan Yondan Empi Ya Ka No Sai
Pinan Godan Jitte/Jutte Ha Ni Tagawa No Sai
Suparimpei Jiin Jigen No Sai
Jion Kojo
Gojushiho Dai
Gojushiho Sho


  • Japanese Karate, Volume 1: Shindo Jinen Ryu. [Motion Picture]. Thousand Oaks, CA: Tsunami Productions. 1998
  • Japanese Karate, Volume 2: Ryobukai and Shotokan. [Motion Picture]. Thousand Oaks, CA: Tsunami Productions. 1998
  • Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai Instructors Manual. 1996


  1. ^ Shindo Jinen-Ryu by Howard High at Dragon Times
  2. ^ Welcome! at Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai Saint Louis