Shorinji Kempo
©World Shorinji Kempo Organisation

Tolworth dojo (WSKO number 6961009-5)-Surrey- United Kingdom

Shorinji Kempo is a modern martial art (dating from the end of WW2), but whose roots go back to the ancient teachings of the Shaolin temple in China, who used martial arts as a form of Bhuddist meditation. The founder of Shorinji Kempo, Doshin So, toured China and acquired chinese martial skills during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. He brought together the strands into a new system, which can be thought of as a fusion of karate and aikido (although it should be emphasised that there are deep differences between the systems). It is suitable for both men and women, is widely taught in Japan, as well as in 26 countries world wide including 11 European countries. There has been a bit of an embarrassing schism in the UK teaching of Shorinji Kempo, with a Mizuno Sensei splitting off to form his own system - now taught under BSKF, while the internationally recognised dojos are under the British Branch of the World Shorinji Kempo Federation. You'll find the Tolworth dojo on the WSKO list below.

Here is the official home page of the British branch of World Shorinji Kempo

The Tolworth dojo is fortunate to have Sensei Masaki Maehara as our chief technical instructor. A native japanese, he trained at world Shorinji Headquarters (Hombu) for many years and attained the elevated grade of 7th Dan (making him the second highest graded Shorinji Kempo instructor in the UK and third in Europe).
Most sessions are now taught by Sensei Blaise Howard, 4th Dan.


Maehara Sensei

We train:-

Tuesdays 8.30 PM to 10.30 PM

At Tolworth Recreation Centre, Tolworth, Surrey, U.K. (off Fuller's way north, just off the A3 near Chessington)

Fees: £5 per session waged (£3 or negotiable for students or unwaged).  You will also need to join the British Shorinji Kempo federation (£25 p.a. + £7 for first joining).


Strength and brute force are irrelevant in applying Shorinji Kempo techniques. All techniques rely on knowledge of specific pressure points of the human body. By delivering a counter attack to any of these, no matter what size or sex, an opponent can be immobilised without causing permanent damage.

Maehara Sensei demonstrating a nage wasa (throwing technique) in the Tolworth dojo.




A picture of a class in the dance studio, Tolworth Recreation Centre.  Obviously the population changes from week to week, but many of these faces are still training regularly.

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Last modified 30 Nov 2011