Come and learn Shorinji Kempo! Your English or Japanese doesn’t need to be fluent, we will teach you everything you need.
This martial art teaches practical self-defence, fitness training and meditation practices.
Kavita Kapoor – founder of the worlds first LGBTQ+ Kempo club – will take you through a series of ‘hard’ strikes (punches or kicks) and ‘soft’ grappling techniques. As part of training, we also practice shouting (ki’ ai) at an attacker to teach you how to find your voice in any situation.
Due to the very serious threats of violence faced by people in the LGBTQ+ community, our training, discussions and techniques are suitable for those over 18’s or those over 12 accompanied by an adult.
We also teach restorative techniques: massage (seiho), seated meditation (zazen) and socialising (hanging out in the pub) – all to help with mindfulness. In respect to the British pub culture, we will continue to optional hanging out to the 1bar after the training.
All Shorinji Kempo classes centre on respect and cooperation, it’s never a competition! Give it a go this pride week.