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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!

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