Martial arts classes in Barbican and Hoxton

Learn Shorinji Kempo, a modern Japanese martial art with our classes near City University.

Shorinji Kempo is a balanced system of self defence and martial arts training. Based on ancient Chinese fighting arts and spiritual practices, it teaches cooperation and self development as well as physical self-defence techniques.

So if you want to learn practical self-defence in fun and safe environment, come and join us at any of our regular sessions. Beginners are always welcome.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

What is Shorinji Kempo?

Whether you are punched, kicked, grabbed or restrained, Shorinji Kempo has a technique to help you deal with every situation.   To see this in action, here are the two senior instructors from our club performing a public demonstration at Festival Asia - an annual festival celebrating all aspects of Asian culture. 

So if you want to learn how to protect yourself and get a great workout, come and claim your FREE trial at one of our regular classes.   

Welcome City University Freshers

It was great to meet so many of you at Fresher's Fair last week.  So if you are ready for a great workout and to equip yourself with some self-defence skills, come and claim your FREE trial at one of our classes over the next few weeks.

Looking forward to seeing you soon for a proper introduction to Shorinji Kempo!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Welcome City Freshers - FREE Beginner's Class!

We will be having a dedicated beginner's class on Mon 9th Oct (19:30) at CitySport, where you can come and try Shorinji Kempo - absolutely FREE!  

All you need to do is bring a water bottle, some enthusiasm and wear something comfortable to train in, e.g. gym kit.  

What to expect:-
  • A great will get sweaty!
  • Padwork - have fun letting out your frustrations out when punching and kicking the pads,
  • Entertainment - watch the instructors and senior students being thrown around demonstrating some of the more advanced techniques

BSKF Summer Camp - September 2017

This year's fantastic BSKF Summer Camp took place over the weekend of 15th-17th September at the Kingswood Dearne Valley near Doncaster. This annual residential training course, provides an immersive experience for kenshi (students) to practice the three essential elements of Shorinji Kempo:-

Healthy Body

Some light stretching helps to release tension in tired muscles after a tough training session.  General body maintenance is essential to ensure that you remain in good physical condition by preventing injuries. 
Healthy Mind 

A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body to help you keep your composure under pressure.  So we practice Zazen meditation as part of every class, focusing on posture, breathing and concentration to improve overall awareness.  Because if you are able to remain calm during a confrontation, you will make the right decisions and ensure you have the upper hand.

Self Defence

Practical self defence, even against much larger opponents, stems from your ability to move and evade strikes, putting yourself in the right position to take advantage of the situation.  Shorinji Kempo teaches functional techniques that enable you to stay safe, first and foremost, as well as how to use your bodyweight to deliver powerful strikes to the natural weak points on the body.  So whatever your size, shape or general fitness level, you can learn how to control the situation

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Highlights from BSKF Summer Camp 2016

Another great weekend of training at this year's BSKF Summer Camp, held at the spectacular Smallwood Manor in Staffordshire.  This regular annual event enables BSKF members from all over the country to come together, learn from world class instructors and have some fun putting their new skills to the test at a residential training camp.  It is also particularly nice to loosen off in the indoor heated swimming pool after a hard day's training!     

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Next beginners class this Wednesday (30th Sept)

Great to see so many new faces on Monday. If you couldn't make the beginners class, fear not, as our next one is this Wednesday 30th Sept.
All you need to bring is some clothing you can move easily in and a bottle of water. The first class is completely free for City University students!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Welcome City freshers! Free beginners class 28th Sept

We hope you enjoyed our demo if you saw it this morning. If not don't worry, we're at the fresher's fair all day so come and ask us all about Shorinji kempo classes here at CitySport.

If you're intereted in trying out Shorinji kempo then come along to our special freshers fair beginners class next Monday 28th September - the best part is it's free too! All our classes over the next couple of weeks will have more of a beginners focus so if you can't make then don't worry, just come along to one of the others. First class is free for City students, and they're £5 after that.