Shorinji Kempo

Shorinji Kempo – Japanese Martial Arts Style

Shorinji Kempo is a Japanese martial arts that combines personal growth, health and spirituality with self-defense techniques such as punches, kicks, escapes, throws, etc. It is seen as a modified Japanese version of Shaolin Kung Fu.

Elements of Shorinji Kempo

  • Kihon – Basic fundamentals such as kicks and punches
  • Hokei – Paired practice
  • Randori – Sparring
  • Embu – Combination of techniques with a partner

History of Shorinji Kempo

According to the World Shorinji Kempo Organization, Shorinji Kempo was created by Doshin So with “the aim of educating people with strong senses of compassion, courage, and justice”. This martial arts was developed in 1947 to help restore social order in Japan. During this period, traditional Japanese society and values were thrown into turmoil by Japan’s defeat in World War 2.

Demonstration of Shorinji Kempo


  1. World Shorinji Kempo Organization,