Shorinji Kempo is a Japanese martial art practiced around the world, and designed to help practitioners realize their potential through the study of effective self-defense techniques. Regular practice involves cooperatively training with others and incorporates both hard (punches, kicks, blocks) and soft techniques (escapes, locks, throws). To complement this are seated meditation and explorations of the underlying philosophy . Practitioners work together to become confident, well-intentioned individuals who can lead and inspire others. Boston Shorinji Kempo is an official branch recognized by the US Shorinji Kempo Federation and the World Shorinji Kempo Organization (WSKO) located in Tadotsu, Japan.
Tuition is $40 a month with variable tuition available. One-time fee to join is $40.
It is basic to the philosophy of Shorinji Kempo that no instructor should make his/her living from teaching this art. A minimal monthly tuition is charged to each student to cover the rental space, insurance, equipment and other operating expenses. Teachers are teaching for the love of the art and are sincere in their efforts to see you succeed. All instructors are strictly certified by WSKO.
Typical Class Format
- Warm-up (Taiso): To prevent injury, we practice many stretching techniques that help relax and strengthen the body and increase flexibility.
- Basics (Kihon): Here is where we practice our basic movement, striking, blocking, and dodging techniques.
- Hard Techniques (Goho): It is here where you will work with a partner practicing various striking and counter-striking (hard system) techniques.
- Meditation (Chinkon): At this time we will recite the principles governing practice, and then proceed to perform about 5 to 10 minutes of seated meditation (zazen). It is during this period where we have a chance to renew our energy and spirit.
- Philosophy Discussion (Howa): This is what separates us from almost all other martial arts. This is typically led by sensei or a senior kenshi (student). Topics are typically from the founder Kaiso’s teachings but can also include basic self-defense strategy.
- Soft Techniques (Juho): Once again you work with a partner to practice many compliant techniques such as wristlocks, releases, takedowns, etc.