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, 22 December 2013

Training finished for Christmas

Training is now finished for the year, and will resume after festive break. The first class back in the new year will be Monday 6th January.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Closing Ceremony and Typhoon Haiyan Appeal

Last Thursday marked our annual closing ceremony and Christmas social, a time when we come together as a club, reflect on the previous year, and look towards the next.

In the spirit of living half for the happiness of ourselves and half for others, we decided this year that we would combine the closing ceremony with a fundraising event for the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. Dubbed "the night of a thousand strikes", we took a different spin on the usual "kickathon" and attempted 1000 strikes each over the course of the class - a combined total of over 18,000 individual punches, kicks, hooks, jabs, and flicks!

Through the valiant efforts of the club and our guests from SOAS and Hong Kong, we raised over £700 for the British Red Cross, which will go directly to the Philippines appeal. The JustGiving page is still open if you'd like to donate.

Monday, 1 July 2013

New "Kempo Fitness" class on Wednesdays

Sensei Rob is launching a new class at Central YMCA on Wednesdays, starting this week (3rd July 2013)

It will be a slightly different format to normal - a less formal first hour focused mainly on Kempo based cardio (with plenty of pad work and circuits), followed by a second hour more focused on techniques training. Guests are welcome to join for just the first, or both classes, and what's more there's a 50% discount for BSKF members.

7-9 pm, Wednesdays, near Tottenham Court Road. Full details and map on the Kempo Fitness website.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Czech seminar

Last weekend two of City's regulars, Ben (2nd dan) and Elaine (1st kyu), joined Will from Mayfair and BSKF Chief Instructor Mizuno Sensei in the Czech Republic, for a weekend training seminar with the Czech Federation.

We met up with Tomas, branch master of Prague dojo, on Thursday, and there was time for some sightseeing (and of course beers) in Prague, before heading to the beautiful spa town of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) to join up with branch master Miroslav and his students, for the seminar.

All the Czech kenshi were very enthusiastic and welcoming, and there was a great spirit in and out of the dojo all weekend. And of course, as well as plenty of hard training we made the most of the local culture, which seems to mainly include eating lots of meat, and drinking lots of Pilsner. Thanks very much to Senseis Miroslav and Tomas for organising everything. Looking forwards to going back next year!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

New Thursday venue

From this Thursday (21st Feb) we'll be moving to a new Thursday venue on Old Street, about ten mins walk east of Old Street station.

ISTD2 Dance Studios
Basement Studio
346 Old St
London EC1V 9NQ

We'll still be at Tompion Hall on Mondays.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Verbs in technique names

Quite often I hear people talking about making the 'dori shape', or the 'maki line' when describing a technique.

It can be a helpful aide memoir for referring to the correct shape (kijunsen) of the juho technique, but in my opinion can be misleading when we start to assume that's what the words actually mean, especially when they appear in the name of a technique that doesn't involve the same shape as previously encountered (compare johaku dori and okuri dori for example).

So, here are some common action words (verbs) that crop up in juho and their rough meaning in English. I'm sure someone more fluent in Japanese will correct me if anything is innacurate, but hopefully it will help make some of the technique names make a bit more sense.

nuki - release
okuri - send
oshi (osae) - push
hiki - pull
kiri (giri) - cut
kaeshi (gaeshi) - return
otoshi - down
maki - wrap
dori - catch / take
nage - throw
uchi - strike
zeme - attack

Saturday, 2 February 2013

City go up north

Two weekends ago, Chris, Ben and Elaine from City visited Glasgow Dojo. We've always had close ties with the scots, and Chris started in Glasgow, so it was great to visit the city again and see old friends and make new ones. A good hard training session on Saturday afternoon was followed by some hearty food, a few drinks, and a wee dram of whiskey. Great fun all round!
Here's a picture of us with the kenshi from Glasgow who attended the seminar. Front row is Chris and Elaine, with Kat and Sensei Tony from Glasgow (I'm taking the picture).