Sensei Ricky & Mayo

 Kyushindo Karate


The main purpose of this discipline it’s not just to learn a self defence but to be a better person in the club and outside the club in every day life.The discipline and the respect are important qualities which a person should have before they can put in to practise the technical side of karate.

It’s not possible to learn the practical and theory of karate in a short time, also with this discipline there is a beginning but not an end.

Some of the reasons that people would want to learn karate could be various: to learn a self defence, to keep fit, to socialise with other people.


For anybody who practises karate, through the years will improve the fitness and the technique making their personality stronger and build up their confidence.

Everybody has got a different height, weight, some could be rigid or flexible but with a regular practise of karate anybody will discover which technique is more appropriate and natural for their own body frame.

Before the 2nd World War karate was practise only as a martial art, but from the early 1950s it was introduced to the rest of the world as a self defence with a combination of Sport and Discipline.


G.S.Mayo French teacher in Kyushindo Judo, with the cooperation of Ray Wood ,will develop Kyushindo Karate in England. Sensei Ricky was the second black belt to be made in the Bristol Club.It’s very important to remember Chief G.S.Mayo got advice and help from the Japanese teacher Kenshiro Abbe Master and Judo champion, Aikido and Kendo.


on 15th. December 1915 in a village in the Tokushima province, Japan, Kenshiro was the fourth son of Toshizo and Koto Abbe.  Kenshiro was initially keen on Sumo wrestling and was the strongest in his class he won many prizes. He eventually became Tokushima schools champion of wrestling.

At 14 years old Kenshiro joined judo classes when they were founded in the village. His enthusiasm was boundless and he was awarded 1st. Dan within a very short time. A year later he graded to 2nd. Dan and at 16 years old he became champion of the High School Judo League at Tokushima and was awarded 3rd. Dan. He was the youngest ever to gain this award.

During his 5th year at school he entered an inter-city tournament involving 30 towns, representing the town of Kawashima as Captain. Being very fast and light he threw every opponent and was given the nickname of Pegasus, the winged horse. Kenshiro was successful in gaining entrance to 'Busen', exclusive training college of the Butokukwai in Kyoto where he studied Kendo and Judo. He received instruction in Kendo from Ogawa Hanshi,10th. Dan Sword master and in that year he was the youngest student to gain his 4th. Dan in Judo.

In 1937 Kenshiro enlisted in the army, spending the next four years in Manchuria .

During the early 1950's Abbe broke off all liaisons with the Kodokan as he was of  the opinion that Japanese Judo was in the decline. This was around the time that their syllabus was reviewed and rewritten with Olympic contest in mind - the syllabus which is more or less in operation today in the sports styles of Judo.

Abbe headed for Britain and was accepted as President of the London Judo Society (LJS).

Abbe later went to Europe where he taught in many countries, always returning to London. He suffered a car accident in 1960 which left him with permanent neck damage.

He returned to Japan in 1964 at the time of the Tokyo Olympics, but was not received well by his family. He lodged alone in a cottage apart from the main house and remained there until his death in 1985.


Kyushindo Karate is a very flexible style which uses all natural circular movements of all the body.

There aren’t any secrets in this self defence; the only way to be good in this discipline is to train in a regular and rational way.

Before starting a Karate lesson it is very important to do the warming up exercise and after that put in practise the techniques.

The key to learn this self defence is to work constantly with the Kata because in them you will find techniques of defence or attack with co-ordination, speed, and power.

With the regular training of the Kata the Karate students will reach a personal experience and feeling to understand the relation between Mind , Body and Spirit.

When Sensei Ricky lived in Sicily 1977-1997 he always worked hard to perfect the Kyushindo Karate which Chief Mayo told him.

 Between 1960-1980 in England was more than 100 Clubs of Kyushindo Judo and Karate , when Chief Mayo decided to retire in France he made D. C. responsible, but the Kyushindo Clubs in England split into various groups.

In 1997 me and my dad Sensei Ricky and Thanks to D. C., we all travelled to France to visit Chief Mayo.

Was a great feeling to have a nice chat with the French Teacher,   for me was the first time and for Sensei Ricky was the last time we seen Chief Mayo.


On November 30th 2004 G.S.Mayo died at the age of 86.

                           Chief  Mayo &

             Sensei Ricky Diego Giardina

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Mayo & Abbe

Kenshiro Abbe

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In this style , the Kyushindo badge and the philosophy came from Chief Mayo and Master Kenshiro Abbe.

When Sensei Ricky Diego Giardina went back to Italy in 1977 he had permission from Chief Mayo to have the Kyushindo badge with the Dragon in front of the Sun.

The Sun represents a perfect circle and life.

The Blue represents the universe.

The Dragon represents flexability and power.

The meaninig of kyushindo could be: The way of martial arts spirit, the search for the perfect way, the search for the truth.

The purpose of all these qualitys means to bring everything together as one,physically,mentally and spiritually.



The 15 Rules of Kenshiro Abbe how to behave in the Dojo:


1) Do not forget the dojo is not only a club were to train, it  is also a moral and cultural school.


2) Never forget to bow to the Tatami ( training mat were many martial arts can train , the     best for Karate is the wooden parquet),when entering or leaving.


3) In Karate respect the general rules of politeness.


4) During trainig, in any situation, make the effort to help everybody, avoiding any embarrassment and annoyance.


5) To respect the higher grades and to accept their advice without objection, also the higher grades must encourage constantantly the less experienced to improve.


6) If not training, you should maintain a correct behaviour and never show attitude positions even in situation of tiredness.


7) To remain quiet and, if necessary, speak only about Karate quietly.


8) Never leave the tatami without first having the teacher permission.


9) To have a constant correctness,to have a clean body and Karate-Gi and to tidy up your Gi when nessarry.


10) You should not wear under the Karate-Gi jumpers,trousers ect.  unless having authorization from the teacher.


11) Finger and toe nails  should be clean before every lesson and must be cut very short.

For every lesson when training you must take off any bracelets,necklace,rings which can be an hazard for you and others.


12) To be on time for the lesson .

Never leave the dojo before the end of the lesson unless you have authorization from the teacher.


13) At the beginning and the end of every lesson, the teacher and the students bow to each  other.

All the students  will go in a row on the mats border in front of the teacher.

The hire belt  will go near the honour side of the room, the rest will follow in order of hgher to lower grade.

Everybody has to observe their Karate-Gi is tidy.


14) If you are not practising and  still going to the dojo without trainig, it is important to observe with attention the lesson, you will learn from the teacher.


15) In the dojo,  before or after wearing the Karate-Gi, you are not allowed to smoke, remove all headwear and to behave with discretion, avoiding any conversation other than Karate.

K.I.A. Dan

               KIA KARATE GIARDINA minimum training times for Grading


                                         6  months white to yellow belt


                                         6  months yellow to orange belt


                                         6   months orange to green belt


                                         6  months green to blue belt


                                         6  months blue to brown belt





                                  1  year  Brown belt to 1st Dan                


                                  2 years 1st Dan to 2nd Dan                  


                                  3 years  2nd Dan to 3rd Dan                


                                  4 years 3rd Dan 4th Dan                      


                                  5 years 4th Dan 5th Dan                      






In the KIA KARATE GIARDINA clubs the lesson is taught in the following phases:

1)Warm - Up

In practice a warm-up should consist of a gentle and sustained working of muscles.

A gentle jog around the dojo for 3 to 4 minutes, a very light bouncing on the spot.

Moving the body into different position to and from the floor.

Sometimes in the lesson we will combine the warm-up and the stretch by doing the actual Karate techniques in a light and careful way – for example by performing one or more Kata with gentle and stretched techniques.


2)Kihon (basic techniques)

Various Karate stances combined with punches, kicks, blocks and strikes.


3)Kata (form)

Kata are sequences of techniques with stances and movements linked together into a pattern.


4)Kumite (sparing)

Involve using a partner to put in practise the techniques from the Kihon or Kata in a controlled manner. (The Kumite  will not be used on beginners).


5)Warm – Down

 The end of Karate lesson will be dedicated on the warm – down with a few minutes of light activity, using a selection of exercises from the warm – up and stretching sections.













Black 1st Dan

Black 2nd Dan

Black 3rd Dan

Black 4th Dan

Black 5th Dan

Black 6th Dan

Black 7th Dan

Black 8th Dan

Black 9th Dan

Black 10th Dan

The Kata


1st Kata Kyushindo Block And Punch

1st Kata B Kyushindo


2nd Kata Kyushindo 3 Blocking And Punch


3rd Kata Kyushindo Blocking


4th Kata Kyushindo "A"


5th Kata Kyushindo "B"


6th kata Kyushindo "C"


7th Kata  To San


8th Kata Kyushindo Chopping


9th Kata Kyushindo Elbow


10th Kata Kyushindo Kicking


11th Kata Kyushindo Fist


12th Kata Chanan Sho


13th Kata Kyushindo Circle Blocking


14th Kata Shin Sho


15th Kata Abbe Sho





The word KIAI is formed from KI (energy) AI (union), a union of energy.For the Japanese it’s a final shout which begins from the stomach.


To understand the KIAI it is important to practise:

1st a short natural inhalation starting from the plexus,

2nd a deep exhalation with pressure from the intestine under the belly button.

It’s a slow exhalation with the result of maximum energy at the end.

It’s not the intensity of the voice which gives power to the sound; this should not start from the throat but from the stomach thanks to a violent contraction of abdominal muscles and with a strong psychological determination.

The KIAI is the result of the maximum psychological and physical concentration at the end of the technique.



Guideline for Exams


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After 5th Dan the average years per Dan is between 5 and 10 years.

Average training 2 to 3 times a week with 1.30 hours per lesson.

For special reasons, some grading times can be decided from Sensei and Committee.  

(Karate grading times can be different from Federation or Associations).  


NB for Kyushindo K.I.A. Karate Giardina 2nd Dan minimum age 18 years Old

or on Sensei Giardina discretion.

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