The practice of Shorinji Kempo is based on six fundamental characteristics that make it different from other martial arts. In keeping with the true practice of budo, these principles aid the practitioner in the efficient acquisition and correct application of martial skills.
Ken Zen Ichinyo – Body and Mind are Inseparable
Shorinji Kempo addresses the needs of both mind and body to ensure the overall development of its students.
Riki Ai Funi – Strength and Love Stand Together
Students of Shorinji Kempo learn the need for a balance between physical strength and compassion. Strength without love is violence; love without strength is helpless.
Shushu Koju – Defence Before Attack
This is a fundamental characteristic of Shorinji Kempo for both ethical and technical reasons.
Fusatsu Katsujin – Protect People Without Injury
Shorinji Kempo is very effective as a way of stopping violence, and it has been designed so that if used properly, a practitioner can immobilize an opponent without causing injury.
Goju Ittai – Hard and Soft Work Only Together
Shorinji Kempo is made up of goho (hard techniques) and juho (soft techniques) By learning to recognise the soft elements of goho and the hard elements of juho, the practitioner is able to unite the two to form a unique and dynamic system.
Kumite Shutai – Pair Work is Fundamental
Shorinji Kempo can only be mastered through co-operative practice in pair form. Overwhelming and defeating one’s training partner is not the objective.