Shorinji Kempo techniques are to be used only for self-defence, and not for personal reputation or profit. The techniques must be applied using the principles of true budo. Shorinji Kempo teaches that the essence of budo/martial arts in not to fight and defeat enemies, but to stop fighting between people, and to enable the harmony for a peacful society.
Shorinji Kempo’s techniques include the use of various strikes, kicks, blocks, ukemi/breakfalls, and pressure point healing/attacking.
The techniques of Shorinji Kempo rely on various principles to be effective. This enables Shorinji Kempo techniques to be effectively applied regardless of age, sex, or strength. Through focused practice of techniques, one’s understanding of living half for yourself and half for others (Ken Zen Ichinyo), and the union of heart and form can be deepened.