THE MEANING OF SHINGEN
Shingen (pronounced SHIN-GEN as in GAP) means "Compassionate View" and refers to the way in which we view the world and others around us. A true Martial Artist learns to understand himself and others and tries to consider the views of others when making decisions.
The Kanji characters for Shingen Do mean "Compassionate View Way"
A vital part of training is our attitude which enables us to absorb new information and develop new skills.
Using the concept of Compassion in our thinking and action, ensures that we act rather than react, and consider other points of view when making decisions.
Shihan explains compassion as 'passion for company' or being mindful of others in our actions words and thoughts.
HISTORY OF SHINGEN ACADEMY
The Shingen Academy of Martial Arts was established on 31st July 1999. The purpose of the Academy is to provide structured training in a variety of traditional martial arts with a strong emphasis on the traditional values and principles of Budo. The Founder of the Shingen Academy is Shihan Geordie Thompson who is currently ranked 6th Dan in Shingen Karate, 4th Dan in Seitei Jodo and 5th Dan in Seitei Iaido.
In reality the founders of any system are the students who will over time come to understand and pass on the instruction and guidance provided by the teachers.
The Shingen Academy has been established as a learning institution and by embarking on this course of study our joint goal is to enable you to achieve your degree just as in any university. This first qualification however is in the art of Karate-do and may be followed by many others as you continue to expand your own self through the dedicated study of martial arts.