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The 1st Woman Shorinji Kempo Taikai was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on April 19-20, 2018. The event was held on April 19 – 20 to remind the born of Raden Ajeng Kartini, one of Indonesian national heroines and aristocrate who had been written that Indonesian women lived under pressure. She was born on April 21st and Indonesian people celebrate it every year. This event was followed by only woman Kenshi and this is the first time in the world of Shorinji Kempo. This event was also held in order to commemorate Christina Siwi Handayani, woman Kenshi, former Chairman of the Provincial Board of Yogyakarta who passed away on August 1, 2013. This event was followed by approximately 200 women Kenshi from branches in Indonesia.

Kartini is well-known to her tenacity and persistence to promote women equality and emancipation. Indonesian women in the past are felt far behind from men in every aspect of human life, speaking of freedom, education, sports, etc

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2018 France National Taikai and training camp took place on April 14 and 15 in Paris. Over 160 kenshi from France, but also from Belgium, Monaco, Holland, Sweden and even the USA gathered to practice and compete during the embukai. The event was supervised by Aosaka Hiroshi Sensei, 9th dan daihanshi.

 

Saturday morning

Saturday morning was very sunny in Paris. At 9 a.m., training started with chinkon gyo and taiso. A group of 30 kenshi then separated to take grading examinations, while the remaining kenshi continued practicing techniques with high graded instructors. They studied both goho and juho techniques and had the opportunity to work with kenshi from different branches.

 

Examination

The examinees were kenshi from minarai to 2nd dan. They all gave their best and succeeded in their respective exams, obtaining ranks from 6th kyu to 3rd dan. Congratulations to all of them!

 

Gakka

The morning session ended with a gakka by Aosaka Sensei. Particular emphasis was placed on the importance of ichi go ichie (to live every day as though it were last) which is the correct way to apprehend our lives. By taking the time every action requires, no more, no less, we can walk on the path of health, strength, security and friendship.

 

Saturday afternoon – embukai

The embukai took place in the afternoon. The competition started with a demonstration by Didier Denmat and Frederic Juhel, both 5th dan and received a prize of the best performers in the European Taikai held in Lisboa, Portugal, in october 2015. 13 kyukenshi and 15 yudansha couples competed. The competition ended with three more demonstrations, one by Yuko Irie Beyer (1st dan) and her husband, Olivier Beyer (5th dan), and two by children, to the audience’s delight. Thank you to all participants !

 

Here are the results of the embukai:

kyukenshi

  • 1st: Benjamin Blain (2ndkyu) and Magalie Marchello (4th kyu), from the Pontchâteau branch;
  • 2nd: Florian Renaudin (2nd kyu) and Florian Mouliade (2nd kyu), from Cholet branch;
  • 3rd: Gilles Amador del Valle (2ndkyu) and Sébastien Node (2nd kyu), from Vallet branch;
  • Best women embu : Aurélie Rochelle (2nd kyu) and Marie Valentin (1st kyu), from Paris Shibu;
  • Best 5th/4th kyu embu : Vanessa Moreau (4th kyu) and Stéphane Fontanet (4th kyu), from Pontchâteau branch.

 

yudansha

  • 1st: Emma Juhel (1stkyu) and Mickaël Toscanelli (1st dan), from Cholet branch;
  • 2nd: Rachid Guendouze (3rddan) and Noël Ly (3rd dan), from Gennevilliers branch;
  • 3rd : Kristen Regardin (4thdan) and Laurent Leguay (4th dan), respectively teachers from Pontchâteau and Lamotte-Beuvron
  • Best women embu: Dominique Pasquier (2nddan) from Vallet Branch and Laurence Joly (4th dan), teacher in Saint-Nicolas-de-Redon branch.

 

Closing of Saturday training and embukai

At the end of the day, all kenshi were invited by the French federation to have a social gathering and take some time to deepen friendship. This is also what Shorinji Kempo is for: meeting, getting to know each other, sharing and evolving together. We all had a very pleasant time after this intense first day of the taikai.

 

Sunday

The training camp continued on Sunday. As on Saturday, it started with chinkon gyo, taiso and kihon followed by pratice in level groups with high graded teachers. Aosaka Sensei was active within each group, often showing techniques himself, to the delight of the participants.

At the end of the training camp, after having changed clothes and said farewell, everyone returned home, looking forward to the next event. This year, the following France national training camp will exceptionally be held in Brussels, Belgium. This will happen on June 16. It was also announced that the next European Taikai will be in Stockholm, Sweden, in July 2019.

We hope to see you there !

 

Illustration 1: Aosaka Sensei, 9th dan daihanshi and Giovanni Tramontini, deputy national technical director of the French Federation of Karate

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Branch Masters,

We deeply appreciate your cooperation and support for the Shorinji Kempo 70th anniversary events.

We are happy to announce that the Shorinji Kempo 70th anniversary commemorative booklet “Kakehashi” has been completed.

This booklet passes on these commemorative events to the future generations, and we can look back all the history of Shorinji Kempo and its principle, and the present activities through this booklet. I hope you will read it with the kenshi of your branch.

We will give “commemorative DVD and pin badge” as special presents to those who reserve this booklet on this occasion. Please use the reservation form for your order.

 

[Contact]

 World Shorinji Kempo Organization Secretariat

 TEL:+81(877) 32-2577

 E-mail:wskohq@shorinjikempo.or.jp

Commemorative Publication “Kakehashi” Order Form

5th Annual Shorinji Kempo Russian Training Camp

For three days from 6 to 8 of April, the 5th Annual Shorinji Kempo Russian Training Camp in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) was held.

All branch masters and kenshies from all Russain branches: Moscow Branch and Sungir Branch (Moscow), Baltika Branch (Saint-Petersburg) and Volga Branch (Nijniy Novgorod) took part in this training camp. Moreover senseis and kenshies from Sweden, Germany and Kyrgyzstan came to Saint-Petersburg to take part in this training camp. Total number of participants were 68 people.

Training sessions during the camp were conducted by instructors from Russia and Sweden: Anders Pettersson (Sweden, 6th dan), Alexei Rokitskii (Russia, 5th dan), Alex Tilly (Sweden, 5th dan), Makoto Hamakawa (Russia, 5th dan), Alexander Sofronov (Russia, 4th dan) and Anatoliy Lukutin (Russia, 4th dan). Assistance for the senseis was providing by Alexander Kramar (Russia, 3rd dan), Valeriy Karibyan (Russia, 3rd dan) and Anton Kozlov (Russia, 3rd dan).

On the first day there were training sessions of randori practice: distance, speed, counterattack, the entrance to the enemy, psychological preparation.

On the second day the participants were divided into 4 groups (minarai-4 kyu, 3-2 kyu, 1 kyu-1 dan, 2 dan+), and there were at first some practice on basic forms, then practice on different go ho and ju ho technics. Also Alex Tilly (sensei from Sweden) gave a lecture: “Thinking man’s martial art”.

On the third day there were also practice on some basic forms, then go ho and ju ho practice in groups, and at last some kumi embu and randori practice. Also Alexei Rokitskii (branch-master of Moscow branch) gave a lecture: “Mediation – the discipline of mind, improving the discipline of the body”.

This time Russian Shorinji Kempo training camp in Saint-Petersburg became one of the participants of the 18th festival “Japanese spring in Saint-Petersburg”. This festival is holding by the General Consulate of Japan in Saint-Petersburg every year. This festival collects different cultural and sport events, which are related with Japan and Japanese culture.
Within the framework of the festival there were held demonstrations of Shorinji Kempo technics on the second day of the training camp. Kenshies and senseis from all Russian branches took part in the demonstrations, also two participants from Germany performed kumi embu.

April 18, 2018

Southeast Asia Region WSKO Study Session

Southeast Asia Region WSKO Study Session was held on February 2nd (Fri.) and 3rd (Sat.), 2018 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Venue (Cambodia Branch)

WSKO instructors Mr. Kazuhiro Kawashima (WSKO Secretary-General), Mr. Masanori Nagata, Mr. David Wang, Mr. Shoji Arai were dispatched to the Study Session. The participants came from 8 countries. We never had kenshi from such many countries attend study sessions that had been held in Southeast Asia. (Participating countries: Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, The Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan) span>

On the previous day of the Study Session, Feb. 1 (Thur.), dan examination (from 1st to 3rd dan) and special dan examination (4th dan) were held and 19 members took the examinations.

Introducing instructors (WSKO Instructor David Wang, First day of the Study Session)

The Examiner / Judge Study Session was given by Instructor Arai on the same day, and the qualification of participants was given or renewed for the term that starts in FY 2018.

On the first day of the study session, Feb. 2 (Fri.), a supporter of the Cam-bodia Branch Mr. Okhna Sok Pheng gave the opening address. Mr. Sok Pheng has been a great help for the promotion of Shorinji Kempo in Cambodia. 

Instructor Arai gave the basic training after the opening ceremony, and with instructors Kawashima, Nagata, David Wang, technical instructions were given in each rank. The participants were very eager and they asked questions to instructors whenever they were in the Dojo, even during breaks.

 

Chinkon gyo (Shuza: Malaysian Federation President Peter Chung / Second day of the Study Session)

Instructor Kawashima gave a lecture on WSKO business policy and gen-eral situation, then WSKO staff Mr. Kato gave a lecture on intellectual property and Branch Master Qualification Certification Seminar.

Each instructor gave technical instructions on the second day of the study session and then instructor Arai gave a lecture on the teaching of Shorinji Kempo.
The success of all 19 examinees was announced at the closing ceremony and the certificates were given to them from instructor Kawashima.

 

Technical instruction by Secretary-General Kawashima

 

 

Technical instruction and lecture on “The teaching of Shorinji Kempo” by instructor Arai

At the closing of the study session, we felt and shared the joy when in-structor Kawashima addressed that the number of the participating coun-tries of this study session was the greatest amount comparing to the num-ber of participating countries of the study sessions that had been held in Southeast Asia.

Commemorative photo of the participants

Social gathering after the Study Session

In the evening of that day, all the participants enjoyed the food, songs and the dances that had been provided and performed at the social gathering, and made good friends with each other. In the next morning, we had a discussion period (free practice) which was only for who wanted to participate, however, the most of the participants including adult and children kenshi of Cambodia Branch attended, and it ended successfully.

We would like to express our gratitude to the Cambodia Branch, its Branch Master Lach Chan Sovan and kenshi, Branch Master’s family and the persons concerned for the great help in preparing for this study session. I hope that this study session became the foundation in promoting Shorinji Kempo in the Southeast Asia.

 

 

 

December 26, 2017

Event Calendar

Information

We will update information as needed regarding events hosted by WSKO and events hosted by Shorinji Kempo Group member organizations that can be observed or attended by WSKO members.

2024

Date Event Host Place
March 29, 30 Taikai Nacional 2024 Spanish Federation  Las Palmas, Spain
April 13-14 UKSKF WSKO Seminar (recognized as WSKO Study Session) U.K. Federation Bournemouth, U.K.
June 19

Special Dan Examination 

(application close on April 15)

SHORINJI KEMPO UNITY Shorinji Kempo Headquarters
June 22-24

XXIV Gasshuku Nazionale “ITALIA 2024” (recognized as WSKO Study Session)

Italian Federation Casale Monferrato, Italy
June 29-30
2024 Shorinji Kempo Training Camp in Monterey, California, U.S.A. (recognized as WSKO Study Session) U.S. Federation Monterey, U.S.A.
September 16

Special Dan Examination 

(application close on June 6)

SHORINJI KEMPO UNITY Shorinji Kempo Headquarters
October 11-13 Malaysian Federation Study Session (recognized as WSKO Study Session) Malaysian Federation Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
October 26-27 Oceania Regional Study Session (recognized as WSKO Study Session) New Zealand Branches Auckland, New Zealand
December 6-8 Brazilian Federation Study Session (recognized as WSKO Study Session) Brazilian Federation Porto Alegre, Brazil
December 15

Special Dan Examination 

(application close on September 4)

SHORINJI KEMPO UNITY Shorinji Kempo Headquarters
       

 

2025

Date Event Host Place
March 16

Special Dan Examination 

(application close on December 4, 2024)

SHORINJI KEMPO UNITY Shorinji Kempo Headquarters
       
       

 

December 26, 2017

On December 17th, 2017 has been held in Biznaga Branch Dojo, in the city of Malaga, an Open Day, part of the Christmas activities organized by the Teatinos district.

The day’s practice was very pleasant and very gratifying to see how some people enjoy and learn for the first time Shorinji Kempo. The event was attended by participants and spectators of the district who came to know our art, kenshis of Biznaga Branch and friends of others Shorinji Kempo Branches.

Angel Sensei (Biznaga Branch Master), prepared a varied practice with the intention of showing as much as possible to all those attending the extent of Shorinji Kempo. There was a little bit of everything for the promotion and dissemination of Shorinji Kempo.

The practice began with a good Jumbi Undo consisting of a complete warming and stretching of the entire body. After that, Kihon was executed with movements and combinations where the importance of correct positions and weights of the body was explained.

Began technical partner, alternating Goho (positions, movements, stops, hitting, kicking, etc.) and Juho (projections, dislocations, forms of detention, etc.) from different families and degrees. Gakka is fundamental part in the practice of Shorinji Kempo so, Angel Sensei also explained that Shorinji Kempo is a discipline (gyo) created by Kaiso as a method of human development through personal effort where self-confidence, courage and strength are gained (Jiko Kakuritsu) to obtain collaborative spirit and promote mutual happiness (Jita Kyoraku). The event ended with photos of the group and acknowledgements by the instructor and by the assistants for the opportunity to know the Shorinji Kempo.

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 26, 2017

For the third year running, following the principle established by Kaiso “think of others’ happiness as well as their own”, SHOKEMA Branch in cooperation with CARRANQUE, BIZNAGA, MALAKA Branch and Themis Association ―a non-profit organization whose main function is integrating immigrants into the culture of Málaga and helping less favored people― have decided to bring Christmas a little closer to those who cannot afford it.

In previous years we succeeded in collecting toys and staple food for these groups. This year we have collected Christmas food that was delivered on November 23 to the members of Themis Association, along with representatives of all the dojos who have devoted their time and effort to reach this wonderful goal that will enable a lot of families to have a merry Christmas.

 

WSKO Secretariat office will be closed from December 28, 2017, to January 3rd, 2018.

Please understand all replies to any e-mails received during this period will be on and after January 4th, 2018. 

We ask you for your continued support in 2018.

May the year of 2018 bring you a lot of happiness and smiles.

 WSKO Secretariat