|Shorinji Kempo Demonstration at Defense Language Institute
at Language Day (May 13, 2016)
Monterey, California, U.S.A / May 2016
Contributor: Monterey Branch Master Kazuki Arita
On May 13th (Fri), 2016, 10 kenshi of Monterey Branch joined in a Shorinji Kempo demonstration for “Language
Day" at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLI) in Monterey, California, U.S.A.
DLI is regarded as the world’s largest and finest language school managed by the U.S. Federal Government (the
Department of Defense). It is located in Monterey along the central coast of California. The school provides resident
instruction in 24 languages and dialects courses to more than 3500 military and U.S. Government officials, 5 days a
week, 7 hours per day with 2 or 3 hours of homework each night. There are more than 3500 military and U.S. Federal
Government officials. Generally, students spend between 26 and 64 weeks at the school until the graduation,
depending on the difficulty of the language. (http://www.dliflc.edu/index.html.) I (Kazuki Arita) teach the Japanese
language at DLIFLC. I used to teach Shorinji Kempo at the gym of DLI in 2005 before the branch was moved into
Monterey town in 2006.
"Language Day" is an open house to general public in order to introduce the language school and many languages
and cultures. The Shorinji Kempo demonstration collaborated with Kendo demonstration was held in order to
introduce Japanese Martial Arts as Japanese culture on behalf of the Japanese Branch having 70 years’ history at
DLI since 1942.
First, I briefly explained the philosophy of Japanese martial arts and Shorinji Kempo while emphasizing that the
purpose is not for fighting or entertainment, but for education and better society. Then, we demonstrated Kihon from
Kaisoku-Chudan, and Goho and Juho techniques in pairs.
Although it was a short-time, the audiences seemed to enjoy watching and but were very impressed with our big kiai
and sharp movements. This year, the embu by Ms. Isabel Correia (8 years old) impressed all the audiences very
much. When Isabel did Gyaku gote, they gave big hands to her.
To participate demonstration in public is a great experience and opportunity for them to have strong mind and spirit.
They felt less nervous and could show techniques in the same way as they usually practice in the dojo if they train to
have strong mind.
I really appreciate the participants' precious time, effort, and great kindness to join in the demonstration. We plan to
continue demonstrating Shorinji Kempo at DLI in order to help spread the name and philosophy of Shorinji Kempo
and the Founder Doshin So in the U.S. Gassho.