Shorinji Kempo Toronto Branch is an official Branch of the World Shorinji Kempo Organization ("WSKO"). Toronto Branch was founded in 1990.

Branch Staff

Name Position Rank
John McCullochShibu-cho
Branch Master
1st Class Examiner & Judge
WSKO Councilor 2002-2006
6th dan, Daikenshi
Tal SchaefferFuku Shibu-cho
Assistant Branch Master
2nd Class Examiner & Judge
4th dan, Seikenshi
Isabel StruikJokyo
Assistant Instructor
3rd dan, Chukenshi
Tony TanJokyo
Assistant Instructor
3rd dan, Chukenshi

Training Location

Main Gym
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
33 Russell Street
Toronto, ON, M5S 2S1

Parking is available in the CAMH underground garage which is accessible from Spadina just north of College and in the Huron St. underground garage which is located between Russell and College (east side). Metered street parking is also available on Spadina.

Class Times

  • Mon. 7:30-9:30PM*
  • Wed. 8:00-9:30PM

*except public holidays

Class Structure

Classes at WSKO Toronto Branch usually have the following structure.

Cleaning of the practice space. This serves both a practical and philosophical purpose.

A period of the class which includes recitation of Seiku, Seigan and Shinjo (verses containing core ideas of Shorinji Kempo philosophy) and zazen meditation.

Exercises to warm-up the body followed by stretching.

Basic training. This includes single-form practice of key movements (e.g. punches, kicks, blocks), footwork and tan'en hokei/kata. Ukemi (breakfalls) and un'yoho/randori (sparring) are also included in this section of the class.

Lecture on aspects of Shorinji Kempo philosophy or technique.

Practice of syllabus techniques with a partner. The members split into groups according to grade at this point.

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