Shorinji Kempo is a fusion and rearrangement of techniques drawn from numerous martial arts. The emphasis is on speed and dexterity, rather than power. This makes it a viable martial art for everyone, regardless of size or strength.
The over 650 techniques employed include blocks, kicks, strikes, throws, holds, releases and the use of pressure points. An important approach to the techniques is striving to control a situation/aggressor without inflicting injury.
Classes are conducted in a safety conscious manner. Seiho (a version of shiatsu massage) is an important component of Shorinji Kempo, and is taught and used for healing minor stresses or injuries that might occur.
There is no sense of competition in a Shorinji Kempo class. It is a place where people go to further themselves, and learn the art in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. Shorinji Kempo teaches that we are all interconnected in many different ways, and that in order for harmony to improve, people must learn to cooperate. This is expressed as “learning how to live half for yourself, and half for others.”
More than a martial art, Shorinji Kempo is a way of life.