Typical Shorinji Kempo lesson structure.
Shorinji Kempo sessions last two hours and are accessible to all levels of fitness or experience. Taught by Sensei or advanced Black belts, each lesson is different. The following is a general indication of lesson elements.
|Line up||Greeting sensei.|
|Warm up||20 min||Stretch, loosening up, running, sit ups, push ups, etc.|
|Basics||15 min||Basic practice in 'Line up'.|
|Chinkon||5 min||Zazen meditation and affirmation of Philosophy. Focus on calming the breath and mind.|
|Basics motion||20 min||Basic & advanced techniques. Mixed levels practice single & pair form self-defence techniques.|
|Pair form||20 min||Group is split up according to belt to practice Goho & Juho pair forms.|
|Mat practice||10 min||Practice of ‘falling and rolling’ on ‘Tatami’ mats.|
|Sparring||10 min||Members train semi-contact and full speed self defence. Sometimes we use body armour & practice full contact techniques.|
|Seiho||20 min||Seiho session pair form pressure point massage & stretching.|
|Howa||15 min||Philosophy study session based on the teachings of Buddha. Howa is designed to remind students of philosophical aspects of practicing Shorinji Kempo.|
|Cool down||10 min||Each lesson ends with loosening up the body and stretching.|