- by G.S. Mayo (Chief) - Style Founder
who ever requires the truth about me and the beginnings of Mayo Shin Do.
George Mayo known as Chief to my students past and present, started studying martial
arts in France when I was a boy of eight years old. I studied different systems
and different styles of martial arts under many masters. I came to Scotland in
1940 studying and living in Edinburgh. I started teaching martial arts in 1948
which entailed throwing, punching, blocking, kicking and nerve points. I also
added a modified yoga for health. I met Kenshiro Abbe in 1955, we became friends
and spent many hours together training and in philosophical discussion relating
to technique and principles.
moved to London in 1956 and opened a club. I then opened clubs in Portsmouth -
1956, Southampton - 1957, Bristol - 1958, Luton Southend and Romford - 1959, Brighton
- 1960, Oxford - 1969, Northampton - 1971, Cardiff and Birmingham - 1972. These
dates are only approximate.
a student of Kinesiology, I modified the movement of the techniques to be as natural
to the body as they could be, without losing the effect of them. In 1985 I called
together all the areas I had training, to unify what I called Kyushindo
Karate. The Judo syllabus had been set years before. The area coaches under my
guidance and tutorage, set up each grade so all areas were doing the same technique,
the same way in the same grade. I believe this took about a year, after which
all the area coaches and myself signed the new syllabus.
moved back to France in 1986 semi retiring but spending at least 10 days a month
in England, after I had been living in France a while I started spending less
time in England. It was after this I started noticing changes in the practice
of my Kyushindo, the way the techniques were being done, and the attitude in which
students did them, even though I had students coming over to France for seminars
In a discussion with my Vice President Derek Collins, we came upon the reason
for the change in technique and attitude. It is because many of high grades, although
good at what they did, emphasised different aspects of what I taught, and believed
them to be what I taught, not just a part of a whole. So the techniques from different
areas, were lacking different aspects of Kyushindo, thus actually changing the
technique, and the way it is performed and practiced. I spoke to, and tried to
correct one of my high graded Judo instructors, after this talk with Derek but
he did not want to listen, or change the way he was practicing the technique.
also spoke with Derek about competition, I do not believe competition is a good
thing it changes the principles and practice of good technique and I want nothing
to do with it. Derek pointed out to me that we could not stop people doing what
they wanted away from our classes and it would be better if we knew they were
competing so we could make sure none of the attitude or techniques they used in
competition crept into our classes. Derek in fact went away and after researching
competition created a sport style based on my principles, the techniques are different
to my karate - they have to be for safety! These techniques do not get practised
when my karate classes are being taught.
to people not adhering to my principles and the way I practise techniques and
having nothing to do with my organisation, but still calling themselves Kyushindo
and claiming they are following my teachings, I have changed the name I use for
my practice to Mayo Shin Do to divorce myself from them.
S Mayo N.D., D.O 24th September 2001