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Hyper Japan Demo

The British Shorinji Kempo Federation recently put on a demonstration at the Hyper Japan exhibition in Earl’s Court.

Here are a few photos of the event. Firstly, Kempo Fitness’ very own Robert Villiers performed an opening demonstration with Daniel Kalhor.

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Meditation is an important aspect of Shorinji Kempo, come along to Kempo Fitness to give it a try!

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Sometimes protective gear is worn while sparring, to see if techniques can be performed correctly under pressure.

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There is even a healing aspect of Shorinji Kempo, known as Seiho.

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For more information, come along to Kempo Fitness and give it a go.

Kempo Fitness (Central YMCA):
7pm-8pm (Fitness)
8pm-9pm (Technical Training)
112 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NQ
Nearest Tube : Tottenham Court Road
Map : http://goo.gl/maps/xlGvN
Prices : Free for Central YMCA members. £8 for the first hour, £12 total for the whole session. 50% discount for BSKF members.

Also you can try 5 classes at any London Dojo (including Central YMCA Kempo Fitness) for just £10! Print out the following card, and check out the BSKF website for further class information, also visit and like the BSKF facebook page and follow the BSKF twitter account in order to stay up to date!
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Riki Ai Funi

Take a closer look at the scroll that we hang at the front of our class. The characters, 力愛不二, are Japanese Kanji, and are pronounced Riki Ai Funi. This can be translated as “Strength and Love are not Two”. This is one of the six distinguishing characteristics of Shorinji Kempo. The basic idea is that if you are strong, but do not act with compassion, you may be violent or a bully. If you have a good sense of compassion, but are physically or mentally weak, you might not be able to act to prevent violence or wrongdoing. By cultivating a physically strong body, along with a sense of justice and compassion, Shorinji Kempo aims to ensure its kenshi (students of Shorinji Kempo) are capable and willing to make a positive difference in the world.

To remind ourselves of this important concept, we placed these words on our kakejiku (hanging scroll). If you visit other Shorinji Kempo dojos (training halls) you might see other equally important phrases.

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First Class!

We had our first class on Wednesday 3rd July 2013. It was great to see so many new faces, and we hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

Kempo Fitness is a new class based on the Japanese martial art Shorinji Kempo. In these classes we will get you fit and healthy, but also teach practical useful self defence techniques. If you are interested in exploring the technical side of Shorinji Kempo more fully, then feel free to stay for the second hour for more in depth instruction in the finer points of the syllabus.

Here are a few photos from our first class.

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We look forward to seeing more of you next week, 7pm at Central YMCA!

Also, don’t forget to like our facebook page, for more updates and news.

Kempo Fitness – First Class

Come and try an exciting new hour long fitness and self defence class based on the popular Japanese martial art, Shorinji Kempo. Run by Sensei Robert Villiers (5th Dan) of the British Shorinji Kempo Federation, Kempo Fitness combines traditional martial arts training and philosophy with circuit training and cardiovascular workouts.

If you enjoy Kempo Fitness then stay for the 2nd hour to learn more intricate techniques of Shorinji Kempo.

Kempo Fitness (Central YMCA):
7pm-8pm (Fitness)
8pm-9pm (Technical Training)
112 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NQ
Nearest Tube : Tottenham Court Road
Prices : Free for Central YMCA members. £8 for the first hour, £12 total for the whole session. 50% discount for BSKF members.