|Shorinji Kempo Demonstration at Naval Postgraduate School
at International Day (May 3, 2014)
Monterey Branch, U.S.A / May 2014
- Contributor: Monterey Branch Master Kazuki Arita
On May 3rd (Saturday), 2014, ten Kenshi demonstrated Shorinji Kempo at the "International Day" of the U.S.
Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, U.S.A. The participants were Mr. Mitsugu Mori, Mr. Yuusuke
Yamauchi, Mr. Merced Rodriguez, Mr. Kleto Hernandez, Mr. Jesse Febus, Mr. Teegar Blasheck, Mr. Michael
Blasheck, Mr. Aiman Said, Ms. Robin Balchen, Ms. Juliette Trambley, and Kazuki Arita.
The Naval Postgraduate School is a graduate research university administered by the U.S. Government (U.S.
Navy). It was established in Monterey along the central coast of California in 1909. It grants Master’s and
Doctoral degrees in more than 60 fields of study. The students are mostly active-duty officers from all branches
of the U.S. Military as well as the U.S. Government civilians and foreign militaries of more than 60 countries.
"International Day" is an open house to general public in order to celebrate the cultural diversity of the countries
at the school. Representatives from all over the world participated in this celebration with food and various
demonstrations of culture, including dancing, singing and handcrafts, all performed by the students and their
The Shorinji Kempo demonstration was held in order to help Mr. Yamauchi to introduce Japanese Martial Arts as
one of Japanese culture. He is Lt. (Lieutenant) of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and studies in the MBA
program at this school. He continues practicing Shorinji Kempo in Monterey.
The demonstration started from 14:50. Arita explained about a simple concept of Japanese Martial Arts and
Shorinji Kempo. Then, we showed Chinkon, Kihon, Hokei of Goho and Juho.
During the 20 minute-demonstration, the audiences enjoyed watching and were very impressed with our
techniques with sharp movement and big Kiai. They gave big hands to our demonstration.
The demonstration is a good opportunity for them to train spirit and mind. They told that they did not feel
nervous during the demonstration even though they were very nervous before the demo started. They could
feel more confidence that the demonstration in front of many people is a good opportunity to practice and train
their mind to earn courage and bravery.
Moreover, I really appreciate their precious time, effort, and great kindness to join the demonstration. Gassho.