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Hong Kong Shorinji Kempo

"Healthy Body, Healthy Mind and Self Defence".

Shorinji Kempo ( 少林寺拳法 ) is a Gendai Budō ( 現代武道, modern budo) Japanese martial art, sitting alongside other arts such as Karate ( 空手道 ), Judo ( 柔道 ), Kendo ( 剣道 ), Kyūdō ( 弓道 ), Iaidō ( 居合道 ) and Aikido ( 合気道 ).

Shorinji Kempo incorporates effective self defence techniques with Kongo Zen ( 金剛禅 ) philosophy that focuses on a practical approach to self-development rather than the esoteric. The training aims to develop the potential of the individual, creating balanced people, both mentally and physically and instill in students, the confidence needed to stand up for their ideals and the ability to defend their position. In this way they can help others and benefit society as a whole.

The self defence techniques incorporate both hard and soft techniques: Gōhō and Jūhō:

 

goho

Gōhō is the hard or active system of punches, kicks, dodges and blocks with a focus on accuracy, speed and attacking weak points on a body as opposed to conditioning of hands and feet. 

 

Juho

Jūhō is the soft or passive system, used when grabbed or held against one's will. They comprise of releasing or throwing the opponent and applying locks to subdue them. The two systems are used hand-in-hand to create a unique all round system of self defence based on technique rather than strength, capable of repelling any form of attack.

The teachings also include 'Seiho' and Zazen meditation. Seiho is a therapeutic acupressure massage system used to relax muscles, relieve tension and regulate circulation.

Zazen meditation is practiced during every class to calm the mind and encourage breathing control.

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