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Why Shorinji Kempo?

Shorinji Kempo is a comprehensive martial art utilizing punches, strikes, kicks, grabs, escapes, throws, and pressure points to form an effective self-defense art form.  The San Francisco Branch has been in existence for more than 30 years in the heart of San Francisco's Japantown. The practice sessions at our dojo emphasize practical self-defense and application of Shorinji Kempo in real world situations. Practice sessions are friendly and non-competitive; all students are encouraged to learn through cooperation and mutual growth.

Goho - Striking


Shorinji Kempo incorporates a variety of kicks, punches, blocks, and other direct attacks. A guiding principle behind our practice is "defense is primary, while offense is secondary" leading many of our striking techniques to be effective responses to all manner of attacks.

Juho - Throwing


Shorinji Kempo offers many responses to being grabbed by an opponent. From simple escape techniques to various throws, take-downs, pins, and joint locks. Shorinji Kempo stresses technique, positioning, and leverage over physical strength, creating a style that anyone can learn and practice, regardless of age or physical condition.

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