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  • Practicing alone

    Practicing alone

    Complement your training to achieve more in less time Most people who practice martial arts settle for practicing only when their club or school does. And that’s perfectly okay. Most people don’t have the time or inclination to do more. But the question is: are you like most people, or do you want to be better ...

  • To Buy Dōgi & Obi

    To Buy Dōgi & Obi

    Dōgi There are Shorinji Kempo dōgi (training suit) in a number of different qualities and you can buy them from two different stores, Maekawa shouten and Ozaki. They have the same kind of dōgi and the same prices, so it does not matter much which shop one choose to buy from. We usually recommend the models ...

  • About the Grading System

    About the Grading System

    In Shorinji Kempo, we have, as in most other Japanese budo (martial arts), a grading system. The grading system (kaikyū seido , ie. step by step learning. All ...

  • To take a Grading Examination

    To take a Grading Examination

    Here is a little guide with information that can be good to know before taking a grading examination. As for the first grading tests one can usually be able to do them, if one practices regularly, after about one semester. You can read about how Shorinji Kempo’s grading system works on this page. To take a grading examination ...

  • Dōkun

    Dōkun

    The text that is read during chinkon gyō is called Dōkun. It consists of Seiku .) Below ...

  • How to tie obi (belt)

    How to tie obi (belt)

    To tie the obi (belt) is often difficult for new members, we have therefore put up some pictures here of the most common way to tie the belt in Shorinji Kempo. Click on the images to see a larger version. There are also some variations in how to tie the ...

  • Clothing during Shorinji Kempo Practice

    Clothing during Shorinji Kempo Practice

    During practice dōgi should be used. Colour of dōgi shall be white and have breast badge embroidered. Sodeshō (sleeve badge) that indicates branch and possibly function/rank shall be on the left side, the lower part of the arm badge should meet the seam of the sleeve. Name shall be on the back side of the collar of ...

  • Bukai sodeshō (rank badges for children)

    Bukai sodeshō (rank badges for children)

    For children there are sleeve badges indicating rank, bukai sodeshō, the color of the chevrons is the same as the color of the belt for that degree, and the number of chevrons indicate the level of that belt color. Bukai sodeshō should be on the right sleeve and the upper edge of the badge should meet ...

  • Sodeshō (arm badges)

    All kenshi should have a sodeshō (sleeve badge) on their dōgi (training suit) which indicates the branch name (or country), organizational affiliation, and to some extent, degree. In Sweden we use branch name, which also is done in Japan and many other countries, however many countries have chosen to have country name on their badges. ...