Shorinji Kempo 少林寺拳法

Shorinji Kempo 少林寺拳法, a Japanese martial art meaning “Shaolin Temple Boxing”, is regarded as being a modified version of Shaolin Kung Fu. The Shorinji Kempo name carries the Kanji characters of Shàolín Quánfǎ. Doshin So (Michiomi Nakano), a Japanese martial artist who lived in China, is credited as the founder of the art. Doshin wanted to lift the Japanese people back up, restore their morality, and educate the ones that were lost from the tribulations that came from World War 2. Organizing an establishment that focuses on mental and physical training, Doshin later reportedly had a vision of the Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma, who inspired him to teach martial arts. A combination of Shaolin Kung Fu, from the forms of Quan Fa Doshin had learned during his time in China, combined with Jujutsu he learned from his grandfather. Doshin named this combination of styles Shorinji Kempo, and those who practice are referred to as kenshi (拳士). A foundation with 3 systems, spiritual, mental, and physical training; however not considered a traditional martial art more of a religious gyō among students. Zen is an important philosophy embedded in the mental training techniques of which there are 3 categories, hard (striking), soft (throws, grappling, submissions), and healing (acupressure, chiropractic). There is a black belt system with specific requirements and qualifications which takes each pupil from one degree to the next. When a pupil reaches a 5th degree black belt or higher, they are officially regarded as sensei (先生: teacher).