Bristol Shorinji Kempo: Outdoor Martial Art Training Returns

The last year or so has been weird, to say the least. And one of the things we’ve really missed at the Bristol Shorinji Kempo Dojo is training in person. 

Our zoom classes have been great, of course, but there are obviously a few aspects of martial art training that work, well, better in the presence of others. 

It’s one of the many reasons we’re so happy to be able to meet up again to train. Even with social distancing in place and the occasional cold weather (it’s still only April, but summer is coming), there’s something so great about 3D faces. 

And actually, if you’re thinking of trying Shorinji Kempo for the first time ever, this might be the best time to get stuck in. Why? Let’s take a look at some of the many benefits of practising Shorinji Kempo and why there’s no better time to get involved.

A Change of Scenery 

Most of our team (in fact, possibly all of us) are working from home. For lots of people, this means the same space to work, eat, relax, socialise, read and so on. By popping out for an hour of Kempo training, we’re able to give our minds a little bit of much-needed relief from the same old. Fresh air and Vitamin D work wonders for your general wellbeing and can be hugely beneficial to your mental health. 

Plus, if you’ve been sitting down inside all day, there’s nothing your body needs more than to get up and move about. By walking or cycling to the park for Kempo, you’re already working your body enough to start to prevent that stiff, achy neck we all know too well – that’s before training has even begun!

Don’t even get us started on the working-from-home screen time… Kempo gives your poor eyes a break.

Proper Practise – Without Being Hit

We always take care when practising Goho techniques. However, if you’re a beginner, we understand that an attack coming towards you can feel a tiny bit unnerving. If this is you, social distancing is the perfect excuse! Think of it this way: it’s more likely you’ll successfully dodge an attack if you’re two metres away from your attacker. By the time we’re able to practise properly on each other again, even the newest beginners will be an expert at blocking punches!

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

All in all, we’re thrilled to make the most of training outside for our mental and physical wellbeing. From unwinding after a long day of work calls in the living room, to stretching our legs after back to back meetings, getting to the park for an hour or so works wonders and we’d really recommend giving it a try. 

We’re always happy to see new faces at our sessions, either online or in-person and the first class you attend is always free. You can either book through the website, or get in touch with us first via email if you prefer!

30 minutes Fitness Kempo (online)

These sessions focus on moving your body, running through some of the basic moves with a bit of extra jumping around and stretching thrown in for good measure. Book for either Thursday at 12.30pm or Friday at 6pm – or both!

60 minutes Technical Kempo (outdoors)

Our longer sessions give you a chance to practice and refine some of your Shorinji Kempo skills – think 15 minutes to warm up and run through a couple of basics followed by some more in-depth explanations of each movement. Book for either Tuesday at 6.30pm or Saturday at 11am – or both!

For outdoor training, head to Arnos Court Park on the Bath Road and find us in the top right corner next to the bike track. 

See you soon, 

Bristol Shorinji Kempo

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