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Shorinji Kempo Class Structure

Our classes usually contain the following elements:

Cleaning

Known as Samu in Japanese, members of the branch prepare the space for training and leave it good shape at the end.

Meditation

Also known as Chinkon-Gyo, our first part of practice involves recitation of core verses taken from Shorinji Kempo's philosophy and a period of seated meditation (Zazen).

Basics

Or Kihon - we always polish our basic skills before going on to more advanced applications.

Techniques

Shorinji Kempo containes numerous Hokei or applications. We practice these elements as a pair, taking turns in the attacking and defensive roles.

We also refine our application of techniques through sparring (Unyo-ho) and pairform sequences with high speed and intensity (Embu).

Lecture

Every class contains a talk on various elements of our core philosophy.

Advancement in Shorinji Kempo includes a written test on philosophy as well as the technical exam.

These two elements are equally important.

 

You can get an idea what a Shorinji Kempo class looks like from this video feature that GTActivity made about our branch: