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The style was founded in 1984, although it was not taught to students in a class environment until September 1988. The development period allowed several of the then senior grades to be able to learn closely the ways of the founder and the basic aims and traits of the ryu.

At the first class there were 82 students and the emphasis in the first lesson was on Juji Uke and its importance in protecting the sight whilst passing between movements.

The schools rapidly expanded to Plaistow in the eastend of London, and Basildon in the mid-lower region of Essex. New classes were opening on a regular basis throughout 1989 and the first Shindo-Ryu Karate course took place. Later that year we attended the Shobu Open Kata course and won many of the Kata trophies, although winning was not important to us, to be seen to give a good account of the ryu was our aim. The first black belt (other than the founder) was Scott Geary who left some years ago to join the Navy.

As the name of the ryu changed in 1989 to Shindo-Ryu from Washindo-Ryu, so did the direction of the ryu. Grayston-hanshi had spent many years training in Okinawan Karate and knew then that the true direction for Shindo-Ryu Karate was to follow the Okinawan precepts and ways. Sport has no meaning to Shindo-Ryu Karate as the ultimate aim of practise is to perfect the character of its participants.

Many Japanese and Okinawan masters have commented on the high standard of understanding of Shindo-Ryu students, as well as their level of respect and willingness to 'study' (rather than simply train) in Karate.

One of our greatest moments was to give a performance of our ryu to His Excellency former Ambassador Fujii and Mrs Fujii at the Muira Anjinkai Matsuri (Battersea Park). We have also been privileged to give demonstrations to Minami Hiroshi-sama (former Deputy Director Embassy of Japan), Enomoto Tsuyoshi-sama (Embassy of Japan), Asano Atsuyuki-sama (First Secretary Education - Embassy of Japan) as well as Hayashi Teruo-soke 10 Dan founder of Hayashi-ha Shitoryu (Japan), Hokama Tetsuhiro-hanshi 9 Dan (Okinawa), Gakiya Yoshiaki-shihan (Okinawa), and several JKF dojo in Osaka, Wakayama and Tokyo.

K A N C H O / S H O D A I [ f o u n d e r ] 館長 初代

Grayston-hanshi Judan (10 Dan)
Founder, President & Senior Master Shindo-Ryu Karate
Special Commendation from Embassy of Japan
Demonstrated Shindo-Ryu Karate in Tokyo, Osaka, and Wakayama JKF dojo.
Member of 'Ashita Shakai'
Life Chairman: Hanshi no Iinkai
President & Senior Master: Kodo Butoku Renmei
Honorary Member: Tokushima Budo Council
Board of Directors: International Federation of Martial Arts & Oriental Medicine.
HeadFounder award 1999 World Martial Arts Hall of Fame
President & Chairman: Essex Anglo-Japanese Society
Senior Master (Europe) & Senior Technical Advisor:
World Federation of Martial Artists
Member of the Guild of Renmei Yudansha
Technical Advisor: OIKMA
2003 Resolution from Senate of Maryland (USA) for dedication to Karate and Anglo-Japanese relations
2001 National Award (Contribution & Development)
British National Martial Arts Association

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Stephen Grayston [スティーヴン グレイストン] first started training in Karate in 1964 aged 8, his teacher, the late Tanaka Meiji-kyoshi 9 Dan was a Japanese by birth, yet had lived for over twenty three years on the island of Okinawa. He taught Kobayashi Shorinryu that he had learned from Choshin Chibana-sensei and had always felt that he was uchinan (a native) and that Okinawa was his real home. Grayston had travelled to Fulham in south London twice a week until Tanaka-kyoshi moved to Belgium (Antwerp) in August 1971 because of a family problem concerning his brother. Tanaka-kyoshi presented Grayston with a black belt on 6th February 1969 during a lesson at his home.

Grayston then trained in Shotokan until 1974 under David Hassard-sensei (Essex), he graded Shodan in November 1973 although he never really adapted well to the Shotokan system and much preferred the Okinawan karate he had studied prior to this. In 1984 Grayston decided that it would suit him to combine certain elements of Kobayashi Shorinryu and Shotokan, to which he did and started to train in this newly formed system. Students of other ryu and beginners wished to participate and learn as they heard of its suitability for westerners and its Okinawan type teaching. For the first year the ryu was known as Washindo-Ryu, but was soon to be called Shindo-Ryu because the 'reality' is what the style is really about. However, Grayston felt that there was a missing element to his system. In 1985 he took-up Wado-Ryu karate as he felt there needed to be a lighter, faster side of his Karate and studied this with Shinohara Yoshitsugu-sensei, Paul Geggus-sensei, and a local Wado teacher. He attained Shodan in Wado from the local school and Nidan from Paul Geggus. The ryu then encompassed elements of Kobayashi Shorinryu, Shotokan, and then also, Wado-Ryu. It was then becoming a true system of Karate. For the next three years Grayston set about redesigning the syllabus so that the ryu could be taught in a class environment. In 1988 Grayston taught the system at class level and welcomed beginners to join and train in the ryu. Tanaka Meiji-kyoshi passed away in 1997 aged 82 years.


Today, Grayston plays a prominent part in Anglo-Japanese relations in the UK and regularly hosts international events with visiting Okinawan and Japanese senior ranked masters. He is an Ambassador for the martial arts in England, and is very proud of this role. The Grayston family name comes from York in England and is a cross mixture of 'Son of Reeve' and the Anglo Saxon Gerefa (Greeve) - the earliest recording of our family being 1379. The family motto is ''Hoc Securior' Latin for 'Safer by this'. The family coat of arms tells us many things about our family's honour and martial background. The first of our family were rewarded by the Romans for being the first to breach the walls of a besieged town or fortress - the sword of our arms indicate military honour as well as civic honour.

On the Natsu Kosu (Summer Course) 1996, Grayston was presented with his hanshi (example teacher) menkyo by Minami Hiroshi-sama (former Deputy Director Embassy of Japan) on behalf of Sekai Shindo-Ryu Karate-Do Renmei. On the 19th May 2003 - he was awarded a RESOLUTION from the Senate of Maryland (USA) in appreciation of his years of Karate study and his work with Anglo-Japanese relations. He was also awarded his JUDAN menkyo on 13th September 2003 that was presented in November 2003 signed by (the late) Dr Vernon Bell-hanshi 10 Dan (first man to introduce Karate to England in 1957), Shintaku Shiro-hanshi 9 Dan, Lewis Whitney-hanshi 8 Dan and Joseph Carslake-hanshi 8 Dan.This award makes him one of only two (at the time of award) JUDAN ranked masters of Karate in England.


At the BUTOKUSAI event (November 8th 2003) - Grayston-hanshi was given a SPECIAL COMMENDATION by The Embassy of Japan that was delivered and read aloud by Asano Atsuyuki-sama (First Secretary - Ministry of Education), commending him for his lomg service to the Japanese arts and his tireless efforts to propagate Anglo-Japanese relations.

In October 2004, Grayston-hanshi demonstrated Shindo-Ryu Karate at various JKF dojo in Tokyo, Osaka, and Wakayama and was warmly appreciated. An honour he will never forget (see gallery pages).

The late Tanaka
Meiji-kyoshi 9 Dan

The Sekai Shindo-Ryu Karate-Do Renmei is a 'jiko kanri' (self-regulating) organisation with a board responsible for governing all the various divisions world wide. It also holds two annual Dan shinsa (black belt examinations) where licensed members may attend and be examined for rank/title.

委員会 Board members serve a term of four years and can restand for their post for consectutive terms. The requirements for membership of the board minumum level of 3 Dan.

The current Sekai Renmei no iinkai 委員会 is:

President: Grayston-hanshi 10 Dan (UK)
Vice President: Hedges-kyoshi 7 Dan (UK)
Bilazewski-kyoshi 7 Dan (Austria)
Shelley-kyoshi 7 Dan (England)
Cox-kyoshi 6 Dan (UK)
Paulse-shihan 6 Dan (South Africa)
Grayston-shihan 6 Dan (UK))
Flood-Hunt-sensei 5 Dan (Switzerland)
Grayston-renshi (B) 4 Dan (UK)
Grayston-renshi (M) 4 Dan (UK)
Larsen-sensei 4 Dan (Denmark)
Sutherland-sensei 3 Dan (UK)

Neil Harget-sensei (Director of Communications)

As an award panel the board are empowered to bestow 'shogo' - for example:


Our board often acts as consultants for various international bodies - as between them they have a combined 160 years involvement in Karate and Budo (Martial Arts).

To contact the Renmei board, send an email to:
For the last fifteen years the Renmei has had a Corporate division teaching passive resistance and self-defence to companies, local authorities, hospital trusts and government staff.

Where members of staff are in regular contact with the public, there is always the danger of a violent conflict, or physical abuse. Training staff members in passive resistance will reduce the danger to staff members.

Courses are taught as bespoke modules tailored to the industry that the employee works in. Before we commence the staff training our OT (Observation Team) will study the staff in their work place to gain a full picture of the vunerability of staff to attack, danger and abuse. Once the preliminary report has been compiled, the modules and the course dates will be structure to fit with the client's schedule.

Throughout the training the client will be provided with a report on each staff member in the module detailing their progress.

We also provide executive awareness seminars enabling directors and managers to learn passive defence against incidents within the work place.

Our courses are taught irrespective of age, colour, religion, or sexual preference. Trainers will be a mixture of male and female subject to availabilty, however we will work closely to clients requirements. Each country can provide a portfolio of companies, authorities and trusts that have used our services, please feel free to email us for further information.
27/29 Dec 2004 Coja, Portugal TBA Shindo-Ryu Karate Course & Kyu Shinsa
Jan 2005 Honbu (England) TBA Kagami Biraki (Invitation Only)
Feb 2005 Trapani, Italy TBA Shindo-Ryu Karate Sessions on Multi-Art Course
26 Mar 2005 Borehamwood TBA 15th Anniversary Ishin-Ryu Ju-Jitsu
Apr 2005 Vienna, Austria TBA Shindo-Ryu Karate Course & Dan Shinsa
1 - 3 Apr 2005 Rockville, MD (USA) TBA Shindo-Ryu Karate Sessions on TSIR CAMP
Jun 2005 Quincy, Il (USA) TBA Shindo-Ryu Karate Sessions on HANSHI NO IINKAI Symposium
12 Oct 2005 Nachi No Taki Yobi TBA Private Ceremony (Invitation Only)
22 Oct 2005 Birmingham (UK) TBA Combat & Traditional Karate Hall of Fame Awards
Oct 2005 Straford-Upon-Avon, England TBA 古道再 KODOSAI International Martial Art Event
Nov 2005 Zurich, Switzerland TBA Shindo-Ryu Karate Sessions on Multi-art Camp
Jan 2006 Honbu (England) TBA Kagami Biraki (Invitation Only)
Feb 2006 Basildon, Essex TBA Open Martial Multi-Art Course
Mar 2006 Loch Lomond, Scotland TBA Shindo-Ryu Karate Course & Kyu Shinsa
Mar 2006 Dublin, Ireland TBA Shindo-Ryu Karate Sessions on Multi-art Camp
Apr 2006 Honbu (England) TBA Shindo-Ryu Karate Course & Kyu Shinsa
Apr 2006 Rockville, MD (USA) TBA Shindo-Ryu Karate Sessions on TSIR CAMP
12 Oct 2006 Nachi No Taki Yobi TBA Private Ceremony (Invitation Only)
Oct 2007 Kissimee, Fl (USA) TBA Special Shindo-Ryu Karate Course & Dan Shinsa


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