Characteristics of Shorinji Kempo

In the west, it is often spoken of Shorinji Kempo as the “thinking person’s martial art”. Shorinji Kempo is a martial art where moral and ethics are put in the front and there is 6 characteristics or basic principles that each student should understand. In Japanese, this is called “shōrinji kempō no tokuchō” 少林寺拳法の特徴.

The principles are based on Zen Buddhist philosophy (Kongo zen) and reflect Shorinji Kempo and its character as a martial art. Here follow short explanations of these characteristics: