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Reports from WSKO Branches
British Federation / Oct 2004
from Japanese monthly magazine "Kaiho ShorinjiKempo" November 2004 issue

Japanese Monthly Magazine "Kaiho ShorinjiKempo" presents one kenshi from WSKO's national federations. This article first appeared in its November 2004 issue.


1. Country: ENGLAND

2. Name: Peter MOORE

3. Age: 60

4. Sex: male

5. Occupation: machine shop engineer

6. Branch Southampton and Poole

7. Personal history in Shorinji Kempo: I started training in June 1974, at the Bournemouth Y.M.C.A. under Yoshida Sensei. Sensei Yoshida was teaching us for about 5 years when he had to return to JAPAN. The branch handed over to sensei Russell Jenkins (my good friend and training partner).Sensei Yoshida asked me to assist in the running of the branch. In 1983 three kenshi went to study at the Southampton's Institute of Higher Education. At that time I was looking to open a branch, so I asked Mizuno Sensei for permission He was happy for me to start a club. I arranged a demonstration, after which I opened the Southampton branch. I and Russell have continued to train together and have partnered through every grade bar one.

8. Rank: at this moment I hold the rank of 5Dan.

9. Title in the branch: my title is branch Master.

10. How many times a week do you practice? For how long in each class?: In Southampton there are two sessions a week. Sunday Mornings 10 am to 12 midday and Wednesday evenings 7-30 to 9-30, each session lasts 2hours. I used to run both sessions until the company I work for put me on a shift pattern, which meant I could not attend on a Wednesday evening, so my assistant Alastair Guthrie took over the training on Wednesday evenings. The Poole branch has two sessions a week. Monday evenings 7pm to 9pm and Friday evenings 7pm to 9pm, each 2 hours long.

11. Why did you start practicing Shorinji Kempo?: I had already been practicing two other martial arts. Wado-ryu first and then Shotokan. I enjoyed Wado-ryu under Ticky Donovan. He was a brown belt (ni kyu) at that time and travelled down from London once a week to train us. After he became a Dan grade, he became involved with the national karate squad of Great Britain. He went on to be the coach so all his time was taken and the club closed. I was then again looking for another form to channel my energy, this time Shotokan. This was not for me because I liked a more fluid form. Then I heard of a Japanese Instructor at the Y.M.C.A. in Bournemouth who was teaching a martial art that used body protectors and boxing gloves, so being as I was very competition minded I went to see. This was the first time I saw Yoshida Sensei and I was very impressed. I asked if I could train with him and he agreed. I soon found out that competition was not the way of true martial arts through the philosophy we were taught also the sessions were very hard and very enjoyable; I could not wait for the next training session to learn more. After one months training I realised this was meant for me. The icing on the cake came when Mizuno Sensei and Yoshida Sensei organised the Bournemouth and London clubs to meet for a Taikai.The rest as you might say is history.

12. Why are you attracted to Shorinji Kempo?: At first it was the idea of fighting with body protectors and boxing gloves, it was, for me a great work out. After being hit countless times I began to understand the philosophy behind the techniques and the way it encourages me to learn more.

13. What was the difficulty you have had in practicing Shorinji Kempo?: The difficulty was to overcome techniques I could not do very well and as I could not do them very, I didn't want to do them at all. For me this was the hardest part, to practise techniques I didn't like.

14. Your dream (either something related to Shorinji Kempo or not): my dream is for all the schools to have as part of the curriculum the study of Shorinji Kempo. This would stop the bullying and the rise of related suicides.

15. What are you proud of your country? What do you want to appeal to the Japanese Kenshi?: I am proud for the inventions that have helped many people throughout the world. I appeal to the Japanese Kenshi to keep the true spirit of Shorinji Kempo and not let Shorinji Kempo standards be lowered to a sport. Shorinji Kempo is a martial art and should always be so.

Arigato gozaimashita. Peter Moore.

 

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