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Shorinji Kempo is a Japanese martial art for self defence and personal development.

Read on to find out more, or just pop along and join us.

What is Shorinji Kempo?

Shorinji Kempo is a martial art for self defence and training both the mind and the body. Its teachings include a complete range of defence techniques that range from punches and kicks to throws and locks, a form of shiatsu massage [seiho], seated meditation and philosophy. 

  • practical self defence, available to a wide range of abilities 
  • fitness but with a bigger purpose
  • beneficial for the individual, and for those around you too

In every any situation, you can weaken your opponent’s position and strengthen your own. Practically anyone will be able to benefit from training at our club regardless of size, fitness, flexibility or experience / inexperience.

Bristol Shorinji Kempo Club is a member of the British Shorinji Kempo Federation and the International Kempo Association.


How to Begin

Beginners are always welcome at our training sessions.  Come along and try it out!

  • No complicated booking procedures – send us a quick email or just turn up.
  • No need to have any special clothes or equipment to start – just come in comfortable exercise clothes.
  • Your first lesson is free.

Below are some helpful links, if you’re after more information.

An introduction to Shorinji Kempo

How to behave in the dojo (without embarrasing yourself)

What is gassho rei, and what is it for?

Helpful Japanese Vocab

How to tie your belt


Shorinji Kempo has helped me develop confidence in myself – not just a physical martial art, but a mental discipline and an outlook for life.

Nicki Higgins, 3rd Dan