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.

What is Shorinji Kempo?

Shorinji Kempo (少林寺拳法) is a Japanese martial art, based on the use of physical principles and weak points rather than brute strength. As such it is an ideal form of practical self defence, particularly against larger or stronger opponents. The system of techniques focuses on the balance between 'hard' strikes (kicks and punches) and 'soft' grappling (eludes, locks and throws).

At City we also have the advantage of plenty of pads and gloves, and regularly practice bag work and sparring. Students join us from other dojos all across London for the fun and energetic atmosphere.

Training doesn't just focus on self defence and fitness, although both are important. Shorinji Kempo was ultimately founded as a gyo; a method of personal and mutual development, and as a means to improve society. As well as martial practice, training incorporates restorative massage (seiho) and seated meditation (zazen), and emphasises cooperation and learning rather than competition.

Of course, the best way to find out about Shorinji Kempo is to come and try it for yourself. Just drop in at any of our regular sessions and you can watch or join in (your first lesson is free). And if you're able to let us know you're coming first, even better!