The Sho-nin-kwon-do Institute is small personal and private dojo. It is not your typical martial arts studio as it does not attend tournaments (unless it is an authentic traditional tournament). We use an 8 belt(obi) ranking system from white(shiro) to black(kuroi) and then 9 levels of black belt(kyu-dan). Shoninkwondo’s history can be traced from Tennessee, to Korea, to Okinawa, and finally back to Japan. The founder of Shoninkwondo, Kin Quan Kazazama; studied Taijutsu under Ameshida Kehong Kazazama and Taekwondo under Suik Hung Kazazama.
SNKD shares many aspects with Taekwondo, Karate, Judo, Aikido, Hapkido, Wing-Chun, Kenjutsu, Iaido, and Samuria-Jutsu however; the art also has many qualities which make it unique. The principle of Gotonpo (the use of natural elements for escape) is practiced in SNKD. Other unique aspects involved include Kintojutsu (Air) and Suitonjutsu (Water), which form the basis of the art’s fighting styles. SNKD also shares many similarities to arts such as Hapkido and Aikido. These similarities are not only due to the common techniques, but also to a common forerunner: Daito-ryu Aikijutsu. Aikido differs from SNKD in it’s approach to throwing and striking points, which is very important to study. Hapkido differs from SNKD due to Hapkido’s use of physical force behind its techniques. In addition, SNKD uses a 15 weapon system.
Below is an outline of the lineage that Shoninkwondo is derived