Shorinji Kempo Books

 

Shorinji Kempo is a modern Japanese martial art that combines self-defense techniques, meditation, philosophy, and physical fitness training. Founded by Doshin So in post-war Japan, Shorinji Kempo emphasizes the development of both physical and mental strength, as well as the cultivation of moral character and social responsibility.

The history of Shorinji Kempo dates back to 1947, when Doshin So, a martial artist and Buddhist monk, established the art in Tadotsu, a small town in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. Influenced by his experiences studying traditional Chinese martial arts and his deep understanding of Buddhist philosophy, So sought to create a martial art that not only taught self-defense techniques but also instilled values of compassion, humility, and integrity.

The name "Shorinji Kempo" reflects the art's origins and philosophy. "Shorinji" is derived from the Shaolin Temple, the legendary birthplace of martial arts in China, symbolizing the art's roots in traditional Chinese martial arts. "Kempo" means "the way of the fist," emphasizing the practical application of martial techniques in combat and self-defense.

Central to the practice of Shorinji Kempo is the concept of "goho" (hard techniques) and "juho" (soft techniques), which represent the balance between physical power and flexibility, assertiveness and adaptability. Techniques in Shorinji Kempo include strikes, kicks, joint locks, throws, and grappling, providing practitioners with a comprehensive toolkit for self-defense in a variety of situations.

In addition to physical training, Shorinji Kempo incorporates meditation, breathing exercises, and philosophical study into its curriculum. Practitioners learn to cultivate a calm and focused mind, developing awareness of their thoughts, emotions, and surroundings. The philosophy of Shorinji Kempo emphasizes the importance of compassion, respect for others, and the pursuit of harmony and truth in all aspects of life.

Since its founding, Shorinji Kempo has grown into an international martial arts organization, with branches and practitioners in countries around the world. The World Shorinji Kempo Organization (WSKO) oversees the promotion and development of Shorinji Kempo globally, organizing seminars, competitions, and cultural exchanges to further the art's mission of fostering harmony and understanding among people of different cultures and backgrounds.

Today, Shorinji Kempo continues to thrive as a martial art and philosophy, offering practitioners a holistic approach to self-defense, physical fitness, and personal development. Whether practiced for health, self-improvement, or as a way of life, Shorinji Kempo provides a path to self-discovery and empowerment for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Our store offers a curated selection of instructional books on Shorinji Kempo that cover a wide range of topics, including technique breakdowns, philosophical teachings, history, and meditation practices. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or new to Shorinji Kempo, our books provide invaluable insights and practical guidance to help you embark on your own journey of growth and discovery through this dynamic and transformative martial art.

The 2nd Kancho of Shorinji Kempo Yuki So Book by Hidehiko Ushijima (Preowned)

The 2nd Kancho of Shorinji Kempo Yuki So Book by Hidehiko Ushijima (Preowned)

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Shorinji Kempo World Book (Preowned)

Shorinji Kempo World Book (Preowned)

Prezzo di listino $99.00 USD
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Shorinji Kempo 30th Anniversary Book (Preowned)

Shorinji Kempo 30th Anniversary Book (Preowned)

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Intro to Shorinji Kempo Book by Doshin So (Preowned)

Intro to Shorinji Kempo Book by Doshin So (Preowned)

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Let's Start Shorinji Kempo! Book (Preowned)

Let's Start Shorinji Kempo! Book (Preowned)

Prezzo di listino $39.95 USD
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Secret Techniques of Shorinji Kempo Book by Doshin So (Preowned)

Secret Techniques of Shorinji Kempo Book by Doshin So (Preowned)

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Secret Shorinji Kempo Book by Doshin So (Preowned)

Secret Shorinji Kempo Book by Doshin So (Preowned)

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Budo: The Martial Ways of Japan Book & DVD by Nippon Budokan - Budovideos Inc

Budo: The Martial Ways of Japan Book & DVD by Nippon Budokan (Hardcover) (Preowned)

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Nihon no Budo Book 10: Shorinji Kempo (Preowned)

Nihon no Budo Book 10: Shorinji Kempo (Preowned)

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Shorinji Kempo Nursing Home Techniques Utilizing the Laws of Nature Book & DVD - Budovideos Inc

Shorinji Kempo Nursing Home Techniques Utilizing the Laws of Nature Book & DVD

Prezzo di listino $44.95 USD
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This is Shorinji Kempo Book by Doshin So - Budovideos

This is Shorinji Kempo Book by Doshin So

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Secrets of Shorinji Kempo Goho Book & DVD - Budovideos

Secrets of Shorinji Kempo Goho Book & DVD

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Shorinji Kempo Photo Book (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Shorinji Kempo Photo Book (Hardcover) (Preowned)

Prezzo di listino $119.95 USD
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Shorinji Kempo Juho II Book (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Shorinji Kempo Juho II Book (Preowned)

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Shorinji Kempo Goho Book (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Shorinji Kempo Goho Book (Preowned)

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Shorinji Kempo Juho 1 Book (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Shorinji Kempo Juho 1 Book (Preowned)

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Shorinji Kempo Randori no Susume Book (Preowned)

Shorinji Kempo Randori no Susume Book (Preowned)

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Shorinji Kempo Book (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Shorinji Kempo Book (Preowned)

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What is Shorinji Kempo Book by Doshin So (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

What is Shorinji Kempo Book by Doshin So (Preowned)

Prezzo di listino $199.95 USD
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Shorinji Kempo Philosophy & Techniques Book by Doshin So (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Shorinji Kempo Philosophy & Techniques Book by Doshin So (Preowned)

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