Our club practices a mixture of martial arts. The predominant style being Shin Ai Do, but with the addition of wrestling. As a result our club is also affiliated to the Gladiator Wrestling Club in Poland and we benefit from being coached by a FILA qualified instructor, Marek Niemiec.
Shin Ai Do Karate Do is a modern Karate style that inherits from traditional Karate schools such as Goju Ryu and Kyokushin. The name Shin Ai Do was first used in 1989 to describe a school of Karate developed in Russia by Master Alexander Szurmiej, 8 Dan. Our Logo is built from a Circle called ENSO in Japanese and Kanji Shin Ai Do.
Enso is a Japanese word signifying a circle and has no single, fixed meaning. A popular expression in Zen painting, it symbolizes a moment when the mind is free enough to simply let the body or spirit create. The brushed ink of the circle shows the expressive movement of the spirit in time. The enso circle also symbolizes strength, enlightenment, harmony, elegance, and the universe.
The term "Shin Ai Do" means "Way of True Harmony", which echoes the principle aims of the style. These are for a practitioner to execute techniques in a flowing manner that is in harmony with the advances of an attacker, and more broadly, for a practitioner to find a style of fighting that is in harmony with their own abilities.
The main distinction between Shin Ai Do and some other styles of Karate is that Shin Ai Do training focusses on adopting a way of thinking as opposed to just learning a particular set of techniques by rote.
The main instructor in the UK is Sensei Les Bubka. Sensei Bubka originally started training in Oyama Karate in 1992 in Krakow, Poland. In 1997 after a short break due to injury, he then began training in Shin Ai Do Karate under Sensei Artur Marchewka.
In 2002 Sensei Bubka passed his Instructor's exam and opened his first dojo in Krakow. Two years later he opened another two dojos in Proszowice and Koscielec. By 2003 Sensei Bubka's students were taking part in many competitions with great success. Sensei Bubka opened the UK branch of Shin Ai Do in 2008 having moved to the UK in 2007.
Training hard whilst working as a professional instructor, Sensei Bubka successfully gained his 1st Dan in 2007 having completed his exam in front of an international commission from Idokan Europa and Idokan Europa Poland. In 2009, at an international seminar in Krakow, Sensei Bubka passed his 2nd Dan exam. In 2014 Sensei Bubka passed his 3rd Dan exam at an international seminar in the UK.
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