|Daily Practice Schedule
at Shorinji Kempo Monterey
Samu (Purifying mind)
In Shorinji Kempo, at the beginning/end of practice, all members
clean the dojo (practice place) together.
It is called "Samu." It is translated as "daily chores" in Japanese
Buddhism such as cleaning or preparing meals. It is regarded as
an important mental training in Buddhism "to think nothing
("Mu") or to clean mind by doing Samu.
Samu is also to express our appreciation and gratitude for our
daily life such as living healthy and so on.
Therefore, all members including the Masters perform the
cleaning regardless of seniority. In Shorinji Kempo, this is a time
for all members to return to the mindset of
a beginner and carry out the task in a spirit of each cleaning
his/her own heart.
Kihon (Warming-up & Basic practice)
Kihon is translated as "basis." All members line up and start
warming-up and basic practice. Warming-up is important for all
members to practice martial arts. It includes simple exercise and
stretching. It prevents from injury during practice.
After the warming-up, we start basic practice of fundamental
techniques. It includes basic punching, kicking, blocking,
stance, stepping, and so on. It is a Japanese martial way of
practice that all members practice together regardless of seniority
of belt ranks.
Beginners can learn not only from the Masters, but also from
senior members. Senior members can learn from teaching to
beginners. Practicing together is very effective
for martial arts.
Chinkon means meditation. All members line up and perform
Chinkon as a part of the training of Shorinji Kempo. We recite the
Seiku (Meditation), Seigan (Oath), and Shinjo (Creed) all together.
We sit down and meditate.
During the meditation, it is important to think nothing and to
concentrate your mind. Also, it is essential to stretch out
muscles of a back and regularize breathing. During the
meditation, the Master corrects members' sitting postures.
After the meditation, the Master gives Houwa (a small lecture)
about a variety of issues of Shorinji Kempo. It includes
philosophy of Shorinji Kempo, Buddhism, martial arts concepts,
principles of techniques, locations of pressure points, and so
on. It is also one of the important practices in Shorinji Kempo
for all members to understand Shorinji Kempo.
Houkei (Technique practice for each belt ranks)
Houkei are the manifestations of various self-defense techniques.
We start the practice of the techniques for each belt ranks along
Shorinji Kempo curriculum. The curriculum is a resource of a
variety of techniques to learn step-by-step order. In Shorinji
Kempo, there are many techniques. Therefore, we value an
approach in which a member takes long years for mastering these
techniques in "zenzen shugaku (one step at a time)" and "soak
up-soak up-acquire-learn" styles.
A beginner starts learning from a very simple technique.
Child class ends. (They can practice more if they want.)
Embu (technique combination practice)
In Embu practice, members learn how to respond various
changes in opponent's attack by utilizing techniques they have
already learned. They work together on creative ways to lead one
technique into another by seamlessly connecting one technique to
the next one and switching an attacker and defender role. They
practice not only various techniques into practical use in the
Embu practice, but also "Zanshin (a state of mental and physical
alertness and readiness after technique is executed)."
Randori (Sparring/Application) is the training method for learning
how to apply techniques they have already learned. It is not only
practice of basic skills and techniques, but also practice of
responding to an opponent in order to master "Maai (appropriate
distance)" and to transition smoothly from one technique to
another. It is also a time to when the degree of mastery one has
built up in basic skill and techniques gets tested. We do the
Randori practice with body protectors in order to keep safe.
End of Practice
- The Shorinji Kempo class is an on-going class. (not a season
- The practice is led by a Master of Shorinji Kempo certified by
World Shorinji Kempo Organization in Japan.
- The practice is based on Shorinji Kempo curriculum issued by
World Shorinji Kempo Federation.
- There are essential core practice during 2 hours at every
practice: Samu, Kihon, Chinkon, Houkei, Embu, & Randori
as explained below: