Shorinji Kempo

Category: Martial Arts
Shorinji Kempo is a modern Japanese martial art, focusing on self-defence and physical and mental well-being.

Mixing striking and throwing techniques with meaningful and practical philosophy, Shorinji Kempo teaches self-confidence, cooperation and mutual respect.

Every week we learn hard (punches, strikes and kicks) and soft techniques (grapples, releases and throws), and learn to combine the two into a beautiful and dynamic system of self-defence.

Shorinji Kempo is designed to effectively subdue any attacker with minimal damage by using the attacker's momentum and weak points on the body, meaning it does not rely on your strength or size to be effective.

Zen philosophy, which underpins our training and is essential for both mental and physical growth, is also practised every session through meditation.

As Shorinji Kempo is non-competitive and holistic, the aim of practice is for everyone to benefit, grow stronger and learn the art of self-defence.

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