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Mr. Anthony Maxwell, at the World Taikai Celebration Party, Tokyo, October 2023

He is the sensei of the young kenshi who won the travel ticket for the next World Taikai at the party of the International Study Session. Many would recall him as ‘the sensei from that time!’ Sadly, he passed away on December 8, 2023. We deeply regretfully inform everyone of this and pray for his peaceful rest.

[Chronology]

On October 13th (Friday), after the International Study Session concluded, he moved from Takamatsu Airport to Narita Airport to prepare for his departure the next day. That evening, he collapsed in his hotel room and was urgently transported for emergency surgery (acute myocardial infarction, catheter procedure). Despite narrowly surviving, he spent about three weeks in the ICU and was permitted by doctors to return to India. Subsequently, his health fluctuated; already diabetic, he developed acute renal failure due to the effects of the acute myocardial infarction, leading to bacterial infection, ultimately passing away on December 8th (Indian local time). In Japan, the institution responsible for his reception, surgery, and treatment was the “Narita Red Cross Hospital” (Narita City, Chiba Prefecture). According to the attending physician, after being transported in an emergency, he briefly regained consciousness and adamantly refused surgery due to reasons such as being on the brink of departure the next day and being unable to afford the costs of the surgery. However, despite his resistance, the doctors persistently and tactfully persuaded him by stating that without surgery, his body wouldn’t withstand the flight and that his life was in jeopardy. He eventually consented to the surgery. On the day before his discharge (November 6th), I visited the hospital and confirmed that the treatment and hospitalization cost approximately 9 million yen (nearly US$65,000-). As his students in India had already collected and paid several hundred thousand yen to the hospital, he received clearance for discharge, and I bid him farewell at Narita Airport on 7th, the following day.

[Purpose of the Donation]

I believe many of you may have encountered difficult or sorrowful events in your lives. However, Branch Master Maxwell brought numerous Indian kenshi to participate in the World Taikai and the International Study Session, the most crucial events of the WSKO, amidst global inflation and economic disparities. Overlooking the unpaid fees owed to Narita Red Cross Hospital, which compassionately treated and saved his life, would contradict the moral values of WSKO. Therefore, we’ve decided to request donations from everyone.

The collected funds will be entirely donated to Narita Red Cross Hospital to partly cover the outstanding medical expenses of the late Branch Master Anthony Maxwell.

– Donations are on a voluntary basis.

– For individuals, a donation of ¥3,000 to ¥5,000 (equivalent to approx. US$30 to US$45) would be appreciated, and for groups (federations/branches), a contribution equivalent to ¥200 to ¥300 (approx. US$2 to US$3) per active kenshi is kindly requested. Your assistance, within your means, is appreciated.

– Some experienced travelers may have questions about his international travel insurance. He decided not to get insurance, judging that he was “healthy and on a short trip.” We cannot help but deem this decision as reckless when it comes to traveling overseas. WSKO learned about this after the surgery, and it will serve as a lesson for future acceptance procedures.

– Madras Branch is the only Shorinji Kempo branch in India.

Inquiries: WSKO Secretariat at wskohq@shorinjikempo.or.jp

 

January 2023

Shoji Arai, Secretary-General, World Shorinji Kempo Organization

 Heartfelt Thanks to Our Donors:

Listed in Order of Donations Received (titles are omitted. Display of donors by bank will take a few days)

 

Kouma So, Japan

Yuuki So, Japan

Shoji Arai, Japan

Hiromu Inoue, Japan

Hidemi Uebayashi, Japan

Hiroko Tomiie, Japan

Yoko Yamanokuchi, Japan

Alexander Miller, U.K.

Ichiro Aoki, Phillipines

Beni Sukawanto, Indonesia

Gofy Handikawati, Indonesia

Dede Everett, Indonesia

Hiroshi Kinugawa, Japan

Daijiro Jito, Hong Kong

Yoshifumi Matsumoto, Japan

Angel Diego Pacheco Reyes, Spain

Stephen Young, New Zealand

Vancouver Pacific Branch, Canada

Donostia Branch, Spain

Akira Matsuda, U.S.A.

Timothy Wright, U.S.A.

Manas Branch, Kyrgyztan

Douglas Beard, Germany

Orange County Branch, U.S.A.

Yukihiro Kawada, Japan

Tomomi Miyamoto, Japan

Akihiko Morinaga, Myanmer 

Hong Kong Dojo, Hong Kong

Jonathan Tak Shing Lai, Hong Kong

Keski-Suomi Branch, Finland

Paul Browne, U.K.

Masaharu Kousaka, Japan

Tokyo Otsuka Doin, Japan

Masao Hama, Japan

Kiyohiro Nakamura, Japan

Toronto Branch, Canada

Jeffrey Christopher Cruz, U.S.A.

Seattle Branch, U.S.A.

Portland Branch, U.S.A.

Christopher Page, U.K.

Clovis Tondo, Tanya Culp, and VanAnh Nguyen, U.S.A.

Gary Dolce, U.S.A.

Calvin Lo, U.K.

Wimbledon Branch, U.K.

Minesh Patel, U.K.

Massimiliano Gaffuri, Italy

I Wayan Utama, Indonesia

Yoko and Tsutomu Tanaka with Silicon Valley Branch, U.S.A.

Mariehamn Branch, Finland

Teo Soderlund with family, Sweden

United States Shorinji Kempo Federation

Koji Ota, Japan

Takashi Fujikawa, Japan

Amsterdam Zuid Branch, Netherlands

Michael Burger, U.K.

Monterey Branch (Kazuki Arita), U.S.A.

Katsuya Hirayama, U.S.A.

Alexander Kramar, Russia

Mitsuru Sakashita, Japan

Kenji Fukuie, Japan

Alex Huang & Fumiko Kawaguchi, Hong Kong

Kazuhiko Ayabe and Kawasaki Inada Doin, Japan

Jyvakyla Branch, Finland

Toshiyuki Hisamura, U.S.A.

Yasunari Tanaka, U.S.A.

Lise Townsend, Canada

Peninsula Branch, U.S.A.

Joaquim Pereira da Silva, Portugal

Swedish Shorinji Kempo Federation

Indra Wibisono, Qatar

Juan Luis Escot Romero, Spain

Sevilla-Linde, Sevilla-Giralda and Cádiz Branches, Spain

Brazilian Shorinji Kempo Federation

Tesuyasu Uekuma, Michael French, Fusako Shiotani, Natsuko Yamashita, U.S.A.

Satoshi Tani, Japan

Tadotsu Junior High School Shorinji Kempo Club, Japan

Narimasa Suzuka, Japan

Hiroyuki Nakai, Japan

Kyohei Hosoe, Malaysia

Yoshito Mizokawa, Japan

Mizokawa Taizi, Japan

Hämeenlinna Branch, Finland

Blenheim Branch, New Zealand

Duncan Binnie, New Zealand

Montreal Branch, Canada

Santiago Branch, Chile

Kari ja Veijo, Vihtavuoren Branch, Finland

Vancouver Branch, BC Tozenji Branch, and Creekside Branch, Canada

Dionisio Romero Díaz, Spain

Mt. Diablo Branch, U.S.A.

Amsterdam-USC Branch and Jaap Stahlie, Netherlands

Oeiras Branch, Portugal

Farroupilha Branch /Nanzan Dojo, Brazil

Naoki Kuneshita, Japan

Anders Pettersson, Sweden

Tony Tan, Canada

Amsterdam West Branch, Netherlands

Salvaterra de Magos Branch, Foros de Salvaterra Branch, Portugal

Jussi Korhonen, Finland

Ketut Ariadi Kusuma, Viet Nam

Wawel and Kraków Branches, Poland

German Shorinji Kempo Federation

Mariel Cambe, U.S.A.

Meyer Pesenson, U.S.A.

Jun Nakagawa, Japan

Atsushi Fujiwara, Japan

Kazuhito Morikawa, Japan

Tsuyoshi Takeuchi, Japan

Koji Asamoto (Aichi Kanie Doin), Japan

Koji Asamoto (Nishinomiya Hamawaki Sports Youth Club), Japan

Nishinomiya Hamawaki Sports Youth Club, Japan

Dar-Es-Salaam City Branch, Tanzania

Brazilian Shorinji Kempo Federation (2nd time)

Downtown Porto Alegre Branch, Brazil

Amsterdam Jordaan Branch, Netherlands

Swiss Shorinji Kempo Federation

Milano Sud Branch, Italy

Helsinki Branch, Finland

Juha Holkkola, Helsinki

Francisco Melo, Portugal

Toshio Tajika, Japan

Masahiko Fujita, Japan

Shimane Unnan Doin, Japan

Nobutaka Mukaida, Japan

Kosuke Nakai, Japan

Ogaki Doin, Japan

Madras Branch, India

Japanese Shorinji Kempo Federation

Portuguese Shorinji Kempo Federation

Carlos Ramires, Portugal

Melbourne City Branch, Australia

Darren Loiue, New Zealand

Karim Hamza, U.S.A.

Chikara Shimura, Japan

Indonesia Shorinji Kempo Federation (PERKEMI)

Hiroshi Onaka, Japan

World Shorinji Kempo Organization

 

 

Total Donations Received So Far:

 

July 14, 2023

Shorinji Kempo scholarship project

contributed by Torino Branch, Italy

 

“We are pleased to announce the launch of the first educational grant programme sponsored by the Shorinji Kempo Torino Branch, Italy and aimed at supporting Shorinji Kempo course attendance at the Fight and Fun gym in Corso Sebastopoli, Turin.

Thanks to the cooperation of the Croce Verde Association of Condove and to the generosity of its President, Ms Floriana Villamaina and the doctor, Ms Selene Tosetto, the project will support one practitioner for one year, covering the entire costs of registration, clothing, exams and participation in Shorinji Kempo events and activities.

The initiative embodies our intention to apply the guiding principle of Shorinji Kempo: “Half for one’s own happiness and half for the happiness of others”, promoting individual development as a way to improve society. Allowing someone to join a group, to train body and mind and to make new friends will benefit everyone. This is the philosophy which inspired the foundation of Shorinji Kempo and we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed to make this important project possible.

 

To All Branch Masters

 

As announced in 22-SUTO-12 dated September 16, 2022, the Guideline has been partially revised as of November 1, 2022.

Please download the new version of the Guideline from the Branch Master’s page on this website.

FY2022 WSKO Online Seminar for Project Japan 2023

 =Application Form for Official Class sessions = 

Official Class (Japanese – English), live sessions using Zoom

In the Official Class of WSKO Online Seminar, equivalent to official WSKO Study Sessions, we will go through the philosophy of Shorinji Kempo and the important points of its techniques. Participants will have their attendance registered as official attendance at an official study session to be counted for their future grading examination and have a training certificate. We look forward to seeing you in the sessions.

(1) Eligibility
     Active members of WSKO. All rank and age.
     Please understand that the techniques and philosophical subjects of the class will mainly cover the Dan holders’ curriculum.

(2) Participation Fee (Japanese yen, including PayPal handling fee)
Note: The classification from A to E below is based on the WSKO Bylaws.

A 5,000 Australia, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, U.K., U.S.A.,
B 3,000 Chile, Poland, Portugal
C 1,000 Malaysia, Russia
D 600 Brazil, Cuba, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, Ukraine, Viet Nam
E 300 Cambodia, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Tanzania

(3) Privilege
You can participate in the open class sessions as many times as you like with a single application.
Your attendance will be registered for your next Dan grading examination.

(4) How to Apply
1) Please apply with the application form above.
2) After receiving the application, the WSKO Secretariat will send you a PayPal invoice.
3) After confirming the payment, WSKO Secretariat will send you an e-mail confirming the payment.
4) WSKO Secretariat will send the Zoom ID to those who have completed the payment approximately one week prior to each class.

(5) Instructors 

 

 

 

 

(6) Class Date & Time

Click the dates below and check your local time.

= 2022 =

(1) October 15, Saturday, 9:30-12:00  *Languages: Japanese, English, Indonesian
a. Goho & Juho (Techniques of 2nd Dan & below) 
   kaishin zuki, gyaku ten ichi, ryu nage – ryu gatame, gyaku te nage, shita uke geri kote nage
  Instructor: SHIMURA Chikara
b. Philosophical Lecture 
  Lecturer: SHIMURA Chikara
c. Questions & Answers  
 Instructor: ARAI Tsunehiro  

(2) October 15, Satuarday, 16:00-18:30 *Languages: Japanese, English, French
a. Goho & Juho (Techniques of 3rd Dan & above) 
   keri ten ichi – sukui nage, chudan gaeshi, kubi jime shuho juji nage, kubi jime nage, ken jime dori
   Instructor: ARAI Shoji

b. Philosophical Lecture 
   Lecturer: ARAI Shoji
c. Questions & Answers 
   Instructor: ARAI Tsunehiro

(3) November 12, Saturday, 9:30-12:00  *Languages: Japanese, English, Indonesian
a. Goho & Juho (Techniques of 3rd Dan & above) 
   hangetsu gaeshi – sukui kubi nage, fukko chi ni, omote nage, ura nage, okuri katate nage, morote katate nage  
   Instructor: ARAI Shoji

b. Philosophical Lecture             
   Lecturer: ARAI Shoji
c. Questions & Answers           
   Instructor: ARAI Tsunehiro

(4) November 12, Saturday, 16:00-18:30  *Languages: Japanese, English, Italian
a. Goho & Juho (Techniques of 2nd Dan & below) 
   gedan gaeshi, kinteki geri hiza uke nami gaeshi, gyaku tenshin geri, johaku nuki, juji nuki, sode nuki, johaku dori, hiki otoshi
   Instructor: SHIMURA Chikara 

b. Philosophical Lecture             
   Lecturer: SHIMURA Chikara
c. Questions & Answers           
   Instructor: ARAI Tsunehiro

(5) December 10, Satuarday, 9:30-12:00  *Languages: Japanese, English, Indonesian
a. Goho & Juho (Techniques of 3rd Dan & above) 
   suigetsu gaeshi, mikazuki gaeshi, kumade gaeshi, omote kumade gaeshi, katate kannuki nage, kannnuki katate nage  
   Instructor: ARAI Shoji
b. Philosophical Lecture             
   Lecturer: ARAI Shoji c. Questions & Answers  
   Instructor: ARAI Tsunehiro

(6) December 10, Satuarday, 16:00-18:30  *Languages: Japanese, English, French, Portuguese
a. Goho & Juho (Techniques of 2nd Dan & below) 
   tai ten ichi, harai uke chi ni, ryo muna otoshi, hiki muna otoshi, kata muna otoshi, eri juji
   Instructor: SHIMURA Chikara        

b. Philosophical Lecture             
   Lecturer: SHIMURA Chikara
c. Questions & Answers           
   Instructor: ARAI Tsunehiro

= 2023 =

(7) January 21, Saturday, 10:00-12:00  *Languages: Japanese, English
a. Goho & Juho, Questions & Answers:
   Learn the correct use of techniques of 2nd Dan & below and also applied forms.
 Instructor: INOUE Hiromu
b. Philosophical Lecture             
   Lecturer: INOUE Hiromu

(8) January 21, Saturday, 16:00-18:00  *Languages: Japanese, English, Italian
a. Goho & Juho, Questions & Answers:
   Learn the correct use of techniques of 3rd Dan & above and also applied forms.
   Instructor: INOUE Hiromu      
 b. Philosophical Lecture   
    Lecturer: INOUE Hiromu

(9) February 11, Saturday, 9:30-12:00  *Languages: Japanese, English, Indonesian
a. Goho & Juho (Techniques of 2nd Dan & below) 
   harai uke geri, keri ten san, oshi nuki, morote oshi nuki, uwa uke nage, uwa uke gyakute nage, maki otoshi  
   Instructor: SHIMURA Chikara
b. Philosophical Lecture             
   Lecturer: SHIMURA Chikara
c. Questions & Answers           
   Instructor: ARAI Tsunehiro

(10) February 11, Saturday, 16:00-18:30  *Languages: Japanese, English, French
a. Goho & Juho (Techniques of 3rd Dan & above) 
   jun geri chi ichi, tanto tsukikomi shita uke uchi otoshi geri, makikomi gote, kiri kaeshi nage, nigiri gaeshi, gassho choji
   Instructor: ARAI Shoji
b. Philosophical Lecture   
 Lecturer: ARAI Shoji
c. Questions & Answers  
 Instructor: ARAI Tsunehiro

Timetable (Japan time)     

9:30 (16:00) Chinkon-gyo
9:40 (16:10) Address by WSKO President
9:45 (16:15) Warm-up and Kihon
10:05 (16:35) Goho
10:30 (17:00) Juho
11:10 (17:40) Questions & Answers
11:40 (18:10) Philosophy lecture
12:00 (18:30) Closing

 

 

FY2022 WSKO Online Seminar for Project Japan 2023

 =Application Form for Open Class series = (registration closed for June 18 class)

Open Class (Japanese – English), live sessions using Zoom

The practice of Shorinji Kempo consists mainly of chinkon-gyo, techniques, philosophy, training, and samu, and its repetition contributes to human development. However, due to COVID-19, the activities of the many branches and federations have not yet been fully restarted. Therefore, we will continue to hold Open Classes in 2022 as part of our regular practice. The Open Classes will be mainly led by young instructors from WSKO Headquarters.We are looking forward to your participation.

(1) Eligibility
     Active members of WSKO. All rank and age.
Note: The content of the class (technical and philosophy) will be planned from the Kyu Kenshi curriculum.

(2) Class Date & Time, Instructors (planned)
Secretary-General Kazuhiro Kawashima and WSKO Instructor Shoji Arai will attend all the classes. 

Click the dates above and check your local time.
April 16, Sat., Time A 10:30– Chikara Shimura, Masashi Tomita, Satoshi Tani, Kosuke Nakai
April 16, Sat., Time B 16:30– Chikara Shimura, Masashi Tomita, Satoshi Tani, Kosuke Nakai
May 28, Sat., Time A 10:30– Yuto Kawashima, Kosuke Akimoto, Akira Kato
May 28, Sat., Time B 16:30– Yuto Kawashima, Kosuke Akimoto, Akira Kato
June 18, Sat., Time A 10:30– Chikara Shimura, Masashi Tomita, Satoshi Tani, Kosuke Nakai
June 18, Sat., Time B 16:30– Chikara Shimura, Masashi Tomita, Satoshi Tani, Kosuke Nakai
July 16, Sat., Time A 10:30– Yuto Kawashima, Kosuke Akimoto, Akira Kato
July 16, Sat., Time B 16:30- Yuto Kawashima, Kosuke Akimoto, Akira Kato 

(3) Timetable
Open Classes will be held twice a month (Time A and Time B) from April to July.

Time A (Japan time)        
10:30 Opening, Greeting, Chinkon-gyo
10:45 Warm-up, Kihon, Hokei, Q&A
11:50 Philosophical Lecture   
12:00 Closing

Time B (Japan time)
16:30  Opening, Greeting, Chinkon-gyo
16:45  Warm-up, Kihon, Hokei, Q&A
17:50  Philosophical Lecture   
18:00  Closing 

(2) Participation Fee (Japanese yen, including PayPal handling fee)
Note: The classification from A to E below is based on the WSKO Bylaws.

A 1,500 Australia, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, U.K., U.S.A.,
B 900 Chile, Poland, Portugal
C 300 Malaysia, Russia
D 200 Brazil, Cuba, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, Ukraine, Viet Nam
E 150 Cambodia, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Tanzania

(5) Privilege
You can participate in the open class sessions as many times as you like with a single application.
(Please note that your attendance will NOT be registered, and certificate will NOT be issued for Open Classes.)

(6) How to Apply
1) Please apply with the application form above.
2) After receiving the application, the WSKO Secretariat will send you a PayPal invoice.
3) After confirming the payment, WSKO Secretariat will send you an e-mail confirming the payment.
4) WSKO Secretariat will send the Zoom ID to those who have completed the payment approximately one week prior to each class.
5) Attendance is limited to active WSKO members.

 

May 13, 2021

WSKO Online Seminar for Project Japan 2023

Please note the dates and time listed here are of Japan. Please check your local time in the sign-up forms.

Schedule 2022

Class Type

fee

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To be announced        

 

To: Federation Presidents, Branch Masters, and Coaches
From: Kazuhiro Kawashima, Secretary-General, World Shorinji Kempo Organization

Gassho.
We have been informed that some scam e-mails have been sent mainly to branch masters in Europe on September 18 (Japan time) under the name of WSKO President asking them to wire money, which WSKO would never send. If you receive such messages, please ignore them. We will post this information on WSKO’s official website. Please inform your branch members to prevent any damage. For your information, the messages contain as below.
Thank you very much.
Kesshu.

Kazuhiro Kawashima
Secretary-General
World Shorinji Kempo Organization

[notes]
There seem to be some types of messages, but they have the same points below.
– Sender’s address: presidentboard90234232@gmail.com
– Name of sender: Kouma SO Souma
– Messages: Asking you to write money to help WSKO board

End.

The guidelines were partially revised on April 1, 2020, and the French language version has just been posted on the Branch Masters’ page.

Please refer to the outline of the revision explained in SHORINJI KEMPO UNITY Letter No. 19-SUTO-31, and read the guidelines.