Southampton University Taster Session 2019


We are having a taster session for all the new University of Southampton students, it was great to see you all at the Recruiting Stall this Wednesday and we can’t wait to train with you all!

The taster session is this Sunday from 2pm from 4pm in the Martial Arts Room in the SUSU Building. Wear light comfortable clothing that you can do exercise in and bring a water bottle as it can get quite hot in that room! We’re looking forward to seeing you all!


Summer Camp 2019


Our annual pure style, residential Shōrinji Kenpō summer camp.

Friday – 12:30 – 16:00hrs.
Saturday – 09:00 – 16:00hrs
Sunday – 09:00 – 16:00hrs. (Will include a grading).
Total training – 17 and a half hours.

Very cheap training costs at £3 per hour or £50 for the full weekend. These  costs include one special guest instructor.

Food/drink costs £10 per day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided, along with some beer, wine and cider for the evenings.

Accommodation is dojo floor stay and is free.

The total cost including food and training is £80.

You couldn’t get this standard of instruction, this much food or this much fun this cheap anywhere else. Attendance is a rite of passage, and the stories afterwards are the stuff of legend.

There will be a visit to the local pub in the evenings and then card games and general frivolity at the post pub after party.
Weather dependent there may well be at least one barbecue and possibly several.

This year we’ve managed to secure the Sway Village Hall as our day time training venue, which is much bigger than our usual training hall in Sway.

We will be using the Sway Youth Centre as the dormitory and will be retiring there for the evening festivities and frivolity.

Dojo stay and self catering – adults only (over 18 – there’ll be alcohol involved in the evenings – sorry kids.)

16 yrs plus are allowed, but only with parent’s written consent and by prior arrangement.

This event is very special to us and is heavily subsidised by club funds. It’s a special event which as a pure style seminar also acts as a huge competency boost for all that attend. Everyone will receive special complimentary lumps, bumps and bruises, as well as random aches and pains and an inability to move at all without groaning or sighing and shaking of the head.

You’d have to be mad to miss this one.

Dojo floor stay at Sway Youth Centre is available for all – bring your own sleeping bag/camp bed/roll mat and pillow (ear plugs may also help.)
Separate male and female dormitories are arranged.
Outside hot water shower facilities are quite literally homemade – bring a dressing gown and a sense of humour.

Full or partial attendance options – ALL kenshi/friends/WAMA members are welcome.



May Bank Holiday Training Seminar, 2019


There will be a 2 day training seminar hosted by us in Southampton, Hampshire over the May Bank holiday weekend (25th/26th May).

Only over 16’s are allowed for the full day’s training. Under 16’s are allowed for the morning sessions only, from 9am to 12 midday. The afternoon sessions will contain weapons and dangerous techniques which are not suitable for children.
The timetable is as follows:
Friday – admin and training hall set up.
Saturday 09:00 – 16:00hrs
Sunday 09:00 – 15:00hrs
The seminar will include around 12 hours of training.
Senior instructors from several varied and diverse martial arts styles are confirmed as instructing.
Training costs will be £4 per hour to allow for partial attendance. The price for  full attendance all weekend is £40.
There will be an optional seminar T-shirt available. Pre-order is compulsory, and they will cost approximately £12 each.
Accommodation will not be provided or organised for anyone except senior instructors – home-stay or dojo floor stay may be possible if we receive enough notification.
If you are intending to attend please let us know on the Facebook event page.


Chris Moon MBE Visit and Seminar – 30th of March

Dear all,


You are all invited to attend a session with guest speaker/instructor and friend of Sensei Adrian Starr, Chris Moon.

On the 30th of March, Chris Moon will be coming to visit our Sway Dojo. Here is an excerpt from his biography page on his website:

Chris Moon MBE is a former soldier who was blown up by a landmine, a hostage escapee, and a serial marathon runner.

Chris is one of the most fortunate people to be alive you’re likely to meet. He should be dead many times over and his exploits have been covered in a Discovery documentary with the cheerful title… I Shouldn’t Be Alive!

Chris Moon’s remarkable life story is one of consistently overcoming incredible odds.

This small section probably doesn’t do him and his incredible life justice – it will be an unmissable event!

The cost will be £10 for Dojo members and £20 for guests – all profits from the event will go a charity of Chris’ choice!

Hope to see you there!



March 16th – Grading

Dear All,


On the 16th of March, a Grading will take place for all ranks up to 3rd kyu blue belt at the Gregg School Dojo, from 12h30 to 16h00.

The minimum prerequisites apply for all grades:

  • White – Yellow: 3 Months/20 sessions
  • Yellow – Green: 3 Months/20 sessions
  • Green – Blue: 6 Months/40 sessions/1 seminar

To get ready for the grading, there will be a crammer session from 10 am to 12 midday at the same place. Bring your own packed lunch!


Shorinji Kenpo Seminar with Sensei Ian Ferguson

On the 26th of January, Sensei Ian Ferguson, the training partner and life-long friend of our own Sensei Adrian Starr, came to visit the club. We’ve often been told stories of Sensei Ian and Sensei Adrian and the times they’ve spent together, so it was a rare opportunity for the entire club to finally meet Sensei Ian.

Sensei Ian is currently a 3rd Dan in Shōrinji Kenpō, and despite having moved away from Kenpō for a brief period, his abilities are still immaculate. He featured a very traditional Kenpō style, from his movement and his striking to the emphasis he showed when teaching techniques. However, it was very clear that both training partners had been raised by the same Sensei Russell Jenkins and the final result of their varying teaching methods, led to the same end goal.

The seminar started from working on basics but then gradually incorporating these basic strikes into a 4-versus-1 scenario, where technique began to break down and it became about instinct. This message really followed through in the rest of the day, where the focus was on speed and being as relaxed as possible throughout the entire technique.

The really interesting part about Sensei Ian’s style was that it was traditional, where certain techniques have evolved over the years – seeing different versions of the same technique done to an extremely high standard was a great experience, let alone to try them out as difficult as some of them were. We saw this in the practice of Ryou-ken dai Ikkei, and the incorporation of different kicks and the different footwork on certain counts.

Everyone had something different to take away from the seminar as Sensei Ian would come round and personally instruct us on the techniques, but it can be said that everyone really enjoyed the day and that we can’t wait to have him come down and visit us again!

16th of December – Grading Weekend

The weekend was a highly anticipated event for the club – with many Kenshi across the belt spectrum grading. An extremely exhausting six-hour crammer session on Saturday and two hours on the morning of the Sunday led up to the grading. Each Kenshi was pushed to the limits and tested under pressure of watchful grading examiners, scrutinising their techniques, rolls, stances and movement as well as general composure and focus.  Techniques were also called out that they have never been shown before,  seeing how they would cope under unfamiliar and stressful circumstances.

It was a fantastic grading, with many Juniors and Seniors grading, and thanks to everyone’s great effort and commitment, they all passed! A new wave of blue belts have now hit across all four dojos of the organisation which will be a huge boost to our teaching capability – and all have a very high standard. Four new yellow belts also had their first grading and were pushed into unknown grounds, testing themselves as never before. Junior graders were tested this weekend, however, due to fewer numbers they were under far more scrutiny by examiners and did extremely well.

Once again, congratulations to all those that graded! Everyone worked extremely hard following up to this weekend, a well-deserved rest should be had over the holidays!

Training will resume after the New Year (See dates below).

Southampton University:
Term starts – Mon 7 Jan – Opening ceremony Wed 9 Jan

The Gregg School:
Term starts – Thurs 3 Jan – Opening ceremony Mon 7 Jan

Peter Symonds College Winchester
Term starts – Tues 8 Jan – Opening ceremony Tues 8 Jan

Sway, New Forest:
Term starts – Thurs 10 Jan (May change to earlier)

WAMA Seminar – Harrogate 2018

This weekend our club had travelled up to Harrogate in order to attend the WAMA Seminar, where many different instructors from over the world attended to teach and be taught about their respective styles. From Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Karate to name a few.

With instructors such as Sensei Steve Barnett, Sensei Gary Don, Sensei Ralf Karp, Sensei Hans Pihelgas, Sensei Howard Armstrong, Sensei Martin Folan as well as our own Sensei Adrian Starr. They bought about a lot of unique and fun teaching styles but also an extremely high calibre of martial arts technical wisdom.

After the first day of training, we’d settled into accommodation which was kindly provided by The Martial Arts Hut, an amazing dojo with a lot of training facilities. We then went back into town and joined everyone at an after-party where traditional York food, fish and chips, had been provided for everyone as well as allowing all the clubs to mingle outside of the dojo environment and allowed us to make inter-club connections.

The second day was just as fun, and we got to demonstrate a very few minute parts of Shorinji Kenpo to the other instructors from striking vital points, effective striking as well as the power of Kiai. It showed just how effective Shorinji Kenpo is at dealing with someone regardless of size, shape or sex of the attacker.

Unfortunately, the club had to leave the seminar early due to the long drive back, but all the Kenshi had a great time and wished they could have stayed longer. The club wants to thank the instructors as well as Sensei Steve Barnett for organising the event and making it as great as it was. We are looking forward to the next WAMA seminars in the coming year and hope that we will able to attend.


Senior Grading

Congratulations to our two new Shodan who passed their black belts yesterday. It was a long and hard grading, and they passed entirely on the merit of their own hard work.

One day training seminar – Hōkei

Dear All,


You are kindly invited to attend another one of our one-day seminars on Saturday 18th of August. As usual, the seminar will take place in the Sway dojo from 9h00 to 16h00. This time the theme is Hōkei.

Hōkei 法形 can be translated as “form” or “pattern”. When talking about form, one often thinks of kata 型 that is used by many other budō 武道. The second character (kanji) in hōkei can also be read as kata, but it isn’t the same kanji as the one that is most often used for “kata” in other budō. The meaning of “kata” and “hōkei” is similar, but there is a certain difference.

When one talks about hōkei, one usually think of forms that are done in single form. In Shorinji Kempo, there are of course also these type of forms, but the primary focus in Shorinji Kempo is pair-practice – kumite shutai, which is why so tai forms will also be practiced.

To be covered in the seminar:

  • Tanen hōkei – series of techniques in single form
  • Tenchi ken dai ikkei – dai rokkei (1-6)
  • Ryūō ken dai ikkei
  • Giwa ken dai ikkei, dai nikei (1, 2)
  • Byakuren ken dai ikkei
  • Kō manji ken (manji no kata)
  • Ryū no kata (gyaku gote tanen)

The cost is £10 per person, remember to bring your own packed lunch.

All are welcome,