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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.



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