Shorinji Kempo is a Japanese martial art. We teach a wide range of defence techniques from punches and kicks, to throws and locks as well as meditation and massage.

We train twice a week in and out of term time. Beginners are always welcome and your first session is completely free.

We train…

Mondays from 8.30-10.30pm in MR5a in the Students' Union.

Wednesday from 7-9pm in MR5a in the Students' Union.

Frequently asked Questions…

Who teaches here?

Sensei Russ and Sensei Dem (Both 3rd Dan) take the University club sessions. They're lovely guys.

  • Sensei Russ
  • Sensei Dem

We're also lucky to have Sensei Mike (4th Dan) and Sensei Dav (3rd Dan) from the Bristol City Club to train with on Mondays, so we're extremely well provided for!

What is Shorinji Kempo?

Shorinji Kempo is a Japanese method of self defence (with Chinese roots) and training for both the mind and the body. Its teachings include a complete range of defence techniques that range from punches and kicks to throws and locks. As well as learning how to defend yourself, you will also learn a form of shiatsu massage [seiho], seated meditation and the philosophy behind the martial art.

How is Shorinji Kempo different from other martial arts?

Shorinji Kempo aims to teach how to improve quality of life through self defence and in turn, the lives of people around you. It is not just about fighting, but about about developing the whole of the individual: mind and body.

As we focus on constantly improving our capabilities, it is about cooperation not competition. We work together to get better at our techniques and how to apply them in an emergency situation.

How fit do I need to be?

Kempo is accessible to a wide range of people and this includes levels of fitness. It is moderate exercise so it can help you get fitter. At the same time, it is possible to exercise yourself to your own level, faster or slower as you want.

What should I wear?

We normally wear light or middle weight dogis (the white pyjamas) but any loose clothing is fine. Just be sure to remove any jewlery before training!

How much is it?

We're doing a special offer for October: the whole month is going to cost £7.50 and that includes all your training on Mondays and Wednesdays as well as insurance in case you're injured.
We're not part of the Athletic Union either so we're actually cheaper than most of the other martial arts clubs. After that our usual fees are £2 a session for students (not just Bristol Uni) and the unemployed. Everyone else is £4 a session.

Does it work?

Kempo is excellent self defence in that it gives you confidence and a calm mind which are both useful in stopping a situation developing into violence. By working sensibly with your partner it will be obvious how the application of the movements can be applied most effectively.

Any pictures?

A few can be seen here.

Is this the one with sticks?

No, that's kendo.

Something else?

Why not email the committee? Alternatively come along to a session and we'll answer in person: we're always happy to meet you!