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Do I have to be fit?
Shorinji Kempo is for everyone. However, although always seeking to improve, you train at your own pace and according to your own level of fitness. Providing that you have not received medical advice dictating otherwise, you will be welcome to join in. Many people have taken up Shorinji kempo as a means to improve personal physical fitness and found it ideal for this purpose.
Is Shorinji kempo effective in a real life self-defence situation?
Shorinji kempo is designed to be of practical use in self-defence situations. However, like every martial art, it does not mean that you will become invincible. Coinciding the techniques that you learn, with the correct mental attitude can assist you on how best to prepare for or how to avoid physical confrontation. We teach a graduated level of self-defence techniques that will be appropriate, legal and justifiable if used in the right circumstances.
Is Shorinji kempo suitable for me if I am small?
Very much so. Shorinji Kempo has students and instructors of varying heights and builds. The techniques of Shorinji kempo are designed to ensure that strength and size are not an issue.
How safe is Shorinji kempo? Can I get hurt?
Due to the co-operative nature of Shorinji Kempo, everyone considers the abilities of their training partner. The aim of the activity is to improve together and not for one person to "beat" another. It is however a semi-contact activity and accidents, although very rare, can happen.
How often do I have to train?
We offer two training sessions per week and most people find that this is sufficient time to make steady progress. Attending only one session per week will inevitably mean that progress is slower but there is no minimum requirement.
Occasionally there will be extra special seminars held or opportunities to attend seminars elsewhere and this is fully encouraged.
How long will it take to get a black-belt?
If it's that important to you, go to the shop and buy a black belt! In Shorinji kempo, a grading system exists to measure your personal progress. Acquiring grades is not the ultimate objective. With regular practice, most people will be ready to take their first grading (yellow belt) after around three months. With regular dedicated practice it is possible to attain a black belt grade in around three years.
I've never done martial arts before! Can I still join?
Of course! beginners are always welcome and basics (in the form of kihon) are taught during every class. Do not be intimidated by being the less skilled or experienced in the class; we were all beginners once and everyone there will know exactly how you feel and what you're going through. The instructors are very encouraging and current members are friendly.
How much is it going to cost?
Shorinji kempo is not an expensive activity. At Glasgow Kempo class prices are £6/£4 with extra discounts being available if you sign up on direct debit. Membership to the BSKF is currently £55.00 (for an adult) of £44 (for a student) a year. This membership allows you to train in any BSKF dojo and attend their seminars and also international IKA seminars! Equipment requirements are also minimal. The white suits (dogi) that we train in can cost from as little as £15.00, and if looked after, can last for a good few years. You are not required to buy a dogi until you are sure that you wish to continue practice. Until then, loose clothing is suitable to train in.