Leaders’ Seminar 2022

Shorinji Kempo classes in Bristol took a short break at the start of October while the instructors and senior students took part in a 6-day training seminar. We’re always seeking to improve so we can teach you better, more exciting things.

Morning training took place in the dojo. Our teachers included Sensei Maeda, a specialist in appo (AKA poking people in the really painful places), kappo (resuscitation), and seiho (restorative massage), who had flown all the way from Japan to teach us.

As well as international teachers, we also got the chance to train with senior students from other countries, including Indonesia and Switzerland.

The morning wasn’t the end of the excitement though. After a leisurely lunch, we made our way to the beach to work on our shakujo (6 foot stick) and nioi (short stick) techniques.

Oh, did I mention that we were in Cyprus?

The start of October is cold and wet. What better thing could you do than escape to a warmer climate… and hit your friends with big sticks?

We all learnt a lot during the week, and spent time strengthening our relationships with those from other clubs around the UK and internationally.

If you’re interested to find out what we learnt, why not sign up to a class and experience it first hand?

Published by Nicola Higgins

Nicola Higgins is a 30-something* martial artist, Girlguiding Brownie and Ranger Leader, and actuary. She somehow also finds time to read, fuss her cat, and occasionally spends time with her husband. * please note that "ten or more" is still something.

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