Shorinji Kempo

Shorinji Kempo was established in Japan by Doshin So in 1947, and its mission is to cultivate individuals who can contribute to building a better society through humanistic education. Shorinji Kempo is a comprehensive system that emphasizes the interconnection between the mind and body, and it encompasses three fundamental training methods: self-defense, mental, and health training. The guiding principles of Shorinji Kempo are based on the idea that the mind and body are inseparable (shinshin-ichinyo), and that training both together is essential for holistic growth (kenzen ichinyo). The art is a distinctive blend of philosophy, technical proficiency, and an educational system. By studying the philosophy, students develop their body and mind, cooperate with each other, and live harmoniously. Mastering the techniques (thrusts, kicks, throws, locks) allows students to progress and develop themselves and their partners. The education system merges the acquisition of knowledge and technical skills into an efficient, mutually beneficial cycle.