In Shorinji Kempo, we study not only the physical aspects of martial arts, but the philosophy as well. Why? What is the point? Surely if you want to learn to defend yourself it is sufficient to learn how to block punches, counter attack, and deal with being grabbed?
We will never be perfect, no matter how much we try. So why should we even bother?
Who am I? What is this place? Who is number one?
I know, it’s an odd question, but bear with me. The humble sink plunger is in some ways the perfect metaphor for Shorinji Kempo.
What is the gift you will give yourself today?
When is the best time to attack?
I found this book in the library, and I was drawn in by the contents page, which spans large swathes of history and seemed to be quite comprehensive.
Originally posted on Zojo Dojo:
In studying, practising and teaching karate, I have come across the concept of Shu Ha Ri a few times. Of course my mind latched right on to it, because it is a neat way to explain vast concepts. Anything that offers an elegant shorthand is basically catnip to the instructor-in-training.…
From the Edge of Humanity Magazine, a book review relevant to us all.
Do ten lessons make you a ninja? Are all martial arts the same?