'Kyoshindu' by G.S. Mayo (Chief) style founder...
'The Truth about me and Mayo Shin Do' By Grandmaster Mr George Mayo
To whoever requires the truth about me and the beginnings of Mayo Shin Do...
I, 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 discussions relating to technique and principles.
I 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.
Being a student of Kenesiology 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 all the areas I had training in together to unify what I called kyoshindu 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.
I 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 to spend less time in England. It was after this I started noticing changes in the practice of my Kyoshindu, the way the techniques were being done, and the attitude in which the students did them, even though I had students coming over to France for seminars and gradings.
In a discussion with my Vice President Derek Collins, we came upon the reason for the change in techniques and attitude. It is because of the many high grades, although good at what they did, emphasised the 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 Kyoshindo, thus actually changing the techniques and the way it is performed and practised.
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 practising the technique.
I also spoke with Derek Collins about 'competition'. I do not believe competition is a good thing, as 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 from 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 th 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! But they do not get practiced when my karate classes are being taught.
Due to people not adhering to my principles and the way I practice techniques - and having nothing do with my organisation, but still calling themselves kyoshindu 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.