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September 10, 2015

On July 11-12, 2015, the Shorinji Kempo Unity hosted the Shorinji Kempo Unity study session in Coral Springs, Florida, the United States. We had 88 kenshi from America, Canada, and Japan participate. The instructor for this session was Kazuhiro Kawashima, Shorinji Kempo Unity International Instructor. Over the two days, we covered various items such as goho and juho based on the principles, applications of techniques with proctors, other techniques such as rakanappou, hokai lectures to learn Kongo Zen, practical seminars to improve as examiners and judges. We had two very productive and invaluable days.

The United States is a country with three time zones between the east and the west coasts, and it was a rare occasion that 30 branches gathered in one place together. We used this opportunity to hold a U.S. Federation Branch Master Meeting and Branch Master Qualification Certificate Seminar (7 individuals participated in the Qualification Certificate Seminar).  

Prior to the study session, there was a special dan qualification examination conducted by Shorinji Kempo Unity, and 4 kenshi received their 4th dan certificates at the closing of the study session.  

During the study session, we also had meetings concerning the World Taikai. This will be the first time the U.S. Federation will host a World Taikai. The Taikai will take place in 2017. More details will be available soon.

We thank the kenshi and the Branch Masters that joined us. We could not have a Study Session without them.
Also, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone in the South Florida branch who were so helpful with the event.

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260-2World Shorinji Kempo Organization hosted the 2015 WSKO headquarters Spring Training camp from March 17 to March 20 at Tadotsu, Kagawa.

Before the first WSKO training camp,WSKO members had to participate in training camps for Japanese university students as an opportunity to study Shorinji Kempo in Japan. However, not all the curriculum was applicable for WSKOmembers.

Therefore, we organized a new curriculum that is better fitted for WSKO members.
We had 22 foreign kenshi from 7 countries and 22 Japanese kenshi.

On the first day, Kazuhiro Kawashima, WSKO instructor, facilitated a unique technique for all the participants and later a set of techniques for different levels. All the participants enjoyed learning new skills.

260-5WSKO President, Yuuki So, gave a lecture titled: “How the organization should be and the mentality of Branch Masters (Kenshi.)”
After the lecture, we had our picture taken on the WSKO’s grounds. In the evening, we had free practice with Q&A and Grading Examinations in another venue before completing the schedule of the first day.
At night, we had an enjoyable get-togetherwith President, instructors, WSKO members, kenshis, and their family members.
We enjoyed “temakizushi,” popular Osaka cuisines “takoyaki,” and “okonomiyaki.”
They ran out very quickly.
We received souvenirs from each country and different places in Japan. We heard stories from each place. WSKO staff’s children provided entertainment.
To end the day, Secretary General Kawashima offered concluding remarks (ippon jime).

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WSKO and Shorinji Kempo Unity Officers and branch masters

WSKO President, Yuuki So, gave a lecture titled: "How the organization should be and the mentality of Branch Masters (Kenshi)." After the lecture, we had our picture taken on the WSKO's grounds. In the evening, we had free practice with Q&A and Grading Examinations in another venue before completing the schedule of the first day. At night, we had an enjoyable get-togetherwith President, instructors, WSKO members, kenshis, and their family members. We enjoyed "temaki shushi," popular Osaka cuisines "takoyakin," and "okonomiyaki." They ran out very quickly. We received souvenirs from each country and different places in Japan. We heard stories from each place. WSKO staff's children provided entertainment. To end the day, Secretary General Kawashima offered concluding remarks (ippon jime).

All the participants

WSKO and Shorinji Kempo Unity Officers and branch masters

‘Sagrado Corazón’ High School from Malaga organized  the annual cultural week in their facilities. In this occasion, Kenshi Fernando Diaz planned a Shorinji Kempo exhibition for students from this high school with the help of others Kenshins like Francisco Muñoz, Almudena Meléndez, Manuel Zapata, Rafael Morilla and Felix Pastor.
21 students, among 13 and 16 years old, attended this event and due to the interest paid by students, there were 10 students that they couldn’t attended because space limitations of the practice room
They started speaking about the origin, goals and training of SK and the differences between Goho and Juho. Then, they explained the base and main features of the embu competition and they performed two different Embu exhibitions  by Almudena Meléndez , Manolo Zapata, Francisco Muñoz and the own organizer of the exhibition, Fernando Diaz.
To conclude, Fernando Diaz managed a small practice lesson for all the young students to show them this beatiful and complex martial art.

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