Shorinji Kempo was founded in Japan after the second world war by Doshin So. Today Shorinji Kempo is one of the most popular form of martial art in Japan and is practiced by over 1.4 million people in 28 countries around the world.
Shorinji Kempo is a martial art than can be enjoyed by anyone of any age, sex or size. The techniques exploit the use of balance and specific pressure points (vital points) of the body. This means that strength is not required to perform any of the techniques. But Shorinji Kempo goes beyond the limits of Self-defence. It’s main practice is designed to benefit it’s students in three main areas: Self-defence, improved health and spiritual development.
The physical techniques are split in to two families Juho and Goho. Generally Goho techniques are used against an opponent who attacks with a punch, kick or strike, and Juho techniques are used when an opponent has grabbed or pinned the defender. During his training in China, Doshin So realized that all techniques used in martial arts consist of three fundamental movements; the circular, the straight and the curved. These movements can be found in all Shorinji Kempo techniques. In addition to these physical techniques, Shorinji Kempo teaches the practice of Seiho and Zazen Meditation.
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