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What is Shorinji Kempo?

Founded in 1947 by founder Doshin So in Tadotsu, Japan, Shorinji Kempo has come a long ways since its first US branch opening in the United States 40 years ago. It has spread to 26 countries worldwide and counting.

Shorinji Kempo is not a sport and certainly more than just a martial art. It was founded on the basis of a gyo (practice) of developing mutual trust and cooperation between people to create a foundation for a better society post World War II. To this day, each branch exists as a non-profit organization dedicated to that mission.