Randori/Unyoho Seminar – 2018

This past weekend, on Saturday the 29th of July, the club held a one-day training seminar, focusing on Unyoho – the free-flowing application of techniques. Unyoho and randori (imposing order upon chaos) are the closest that Shōrinji Kenpō  comes to open sparring or kumite. However they are rarely practised until shodan, so this was a rare treat for many of our students. The day spanned from 0900 to 1600, and also featured a surprise visit from the head instructor of  Hung Lueng Kuen Kung Fu. Dai Sifu Chris Parker and his assistant instructor Sifu Stacey Woods were a pleasure to have as guests at our dojo.

Everyone who attended greatly enjoyed it, and there were no major injuries suffered. We look forward to the next one!

 

Winchester PSC Recruiting Fair

A successful two days of recruiting at Winchester Peter Symonds College with the students showing a lot of intrigue for Shorinji Kenpo. We train at Winchester PSC every Tuesday from 5pm to 7:30pm during school term time, and very much look forward to meeting and welcoming the new Kenshi into our club.

If you cannot make these dates, there is also further training across Hampshire in Sway, Southampton Uni and at the Gregg’s School. More information for times and location of these sessions can be seen here.

Anyone who wants to train is welcome to any of our clubs across Hampshire, with your first two sessions free. We look forward to seeing you!

 

One-day training seminar – Randori / Unyoho

Dear all,

Gassho.

You are kindly invited to attend a one-day training seminar on Saturday the 21st of July.

The Seminar will be held at the Sway Dojo, from 9h00 to 16h00, and it will be focused on the realistic application of the technical syllabus in a free-flowing attack response sequence.

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

All are welcome,

Kesshu.

 

 

Weapons and Mixed Style Seminar

Dear All.

Gassho.

You are invited to attend a mixed style seminar in London on Saturday the 7th of July. The seminar will be held at the Heston Community Sports Centre – TW5 0QZ. It runs from 1-5pm, and will include instructors from Hung Leng Kuen Kung Fu, Shentie, Shōrinji Kenpō and Jui Jitsu.

1-3pm will consist of a weaponry seminar for all ages, including Chinese broadsword, spear/staff, nunchucks and tanto (Japanese knife defence).

From 3-5pm is a mixed seminar for 14+ only, which will be taught in turn by the respective styles that are present.

The seminar will be followed by drinks and food at Indian Gym Khana in Osterley.

All are welcome to attend.

Kesshu.

July 1st – Grading Results

After training six hours on Saturday, and then three hours on the Sunday morning, a very hard and strenuous grading followed in the extreme heat of the weekend.

The club is very happy to announce that ten yellow belts passed their grading, and are now green belts. As well as two green belts having passed and have become blue belts. Three Junior Kenshi (Under 14s) also graded – with two achieving yellow-stripe having completed the junior white syllabus, and another junior having achieved their green-tag.

The club wishes to congratulate all the Kenshi who graded for their hard work and effort!

 

July 1st – Grading

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Dear All,

Gassho.

Tomorrow Sunday 1st of July a grading will take place for all ranks up to 3rd kyu blue belt at the Gregg School Dojo, from 12h30 to 15h00.

Remember the following prerequisites apply for the 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 10am to 12 midday at the same place. Bring your own packed lunch!

Kesshu.

May Bank Holiday – Weekend seminar

The past 5th and 6th of May a weekend seminar took place at the Gregg School, Southampton.

On the first day, the venue opened its doors at 8:30 to welcome not only participants but also guest instructor Dai Sifu Parker, Chief Instructor of Hung Leng Kuen Kung  Fu. Groundwork, bo staff, and other weaponry practice were the focus of the day. An enjoyable session accompanied by splendid weather conditions. which finished at 16:00 and left more than one excited for the next day.

On the second day, the event resumed at 9:00 under yet another wonderful sunny day. History and philosophy of martial arts, meditative breathing, and more Bo staff practice were the main topics. After thanking all participants, the seminar closed at 15:00.

A well spent bank holiday!

 

 

The British Martial Arts Awards – A Brief Summary

On the 28th of April, the Shorinji Kenpo Organisation headed to Shropshire for the nomination of Sensei Adrian Starr for the Continued Excellence in Martial Arts Award. This was the first time the club had been to an awards ceremony and were honoured to be invited.

The event had been hosted by pressure point expert, Anthony Pillage. A lot of Martial Arts Masters had also been invited to the award ceremony to celebrate the successes of the winners. The event had offered a full course buffet to the guests at the event. Later into the evening, Sensei Adrian Starr was awarded the Continued Excellence in Martial Arts Award much to the clubs great celebration and cheer.

The event was well run and had a light and fun atmosphere. A mighty congratulations to Sensei Adrian Starr for his fully deserved award.

 

Grading news – 25th of March, 2018

This weekend we had a very small senior grading. Two of our practitioners – Jaevan Burrell and Tessa Bell – successfully graded from 1st kyu (brown belt) to shodan ho (half black belt). Congratulations to our new shodan ho, and the next grading in the club is at the end of June/beginning of July.

May-Day Bank Holiday Mixed Martial Arts Seminar 2018

Dear All.

Gassho.

Our Shōrinji Kenpō dojos have the pleasure of inviting you to attend a multiple style martial arts weekend.

The venue will (probably dependant upon numbers) be at our Gregg School dojo venue – Townhill Park House, Southampton, SO18 3RR.

Technical training will take place in the historic walnut-panelled Main Hall (originally Lord Swaythling’s Music Room).
The Townhill Park house venue has a bar – (yes you did just read that right – our dojo venue has a bar in it !!!) and lounge facilities, and the house is set in 23 acres of grounds housing the historic Gertrude Jekyll gardens.

The weekend will feature multiple style art tuition by selected visiting senior grade instructors.

Confirmed so far as the instructor’s panel are:

Hanshi Steve Barnett, 10th Dan, Goshin Ryu Ju-jitsu.
Dai Sifu Chris Parker, 9th Duan, Hung Leng Kuen Kung Fu.
Si Gung Tim Kendall, 8th Duan, Hung Leng Kuen Kung Fu.
Sensei Gary Don, 7th Dan, Judo.
Sensei Martin Folan, 6th Dan, Kickboxing Budo.
Sensei Les Mitchell, 6th Dan, Juko Ryu Jujitsu.
Sensei Adrian Starr, 4th Dan, Shōrinji Kenpō.

All of this will be set in the backdrop of a beautiful English stately home and gardens.

Training Timetable:

May 4th (Friday) – Training 18:00hrs – 21:00hrs

Reception – The Crown Inn Highfield, SO17 1QE 9pm – 11pm.

May 5th (Saturday):

07:30 – 8:00 – Breakfast/Registration Hall set up and pre-seminar admin.
08:00 – 16:00hrs – training schedule to be confirmed.
16:00 – 16:45 – Closing admin First day final group photo.

Saturday evening social event – details to be confirmed.

May 6th (Sunday):

08:30 – 09:00 Breakfast/Registration and pre seminar admin.
09:00 – 15:00hrs training schedule to be confirmed.
15:15 – 15:30 -Closing admin second day final group photo.
15:30 – ‘Till whenever we finish all the work and the beer … Dojo pack up work party – then farewell drinks at the Townhill Park House (dojo) bar – “The Doshin So’s Arms” – our traditional Japanese watering hole serving Sawanotsuru sake & Asahi beer.

Post Seminar beer and bruise competition- Sunday night – The Crown Inn Highfield, SO17 1QE 7pm – 11pm.

All martial artists from any style are welcome as long as they leave their egos and political agendas at the door.

Please publicize via your websites/Facebook pages/twitter accounts etc.

Cost is £90 (cash on the day is preferable or single club/style cheque) – this covers all costs – there are no hidden extras.

Includes all food, breakfast, lunch, snacks and soft drinks/water/sake/beer.

Limited floor sleep/homestay is available on request but we ask guests to sort out their own transport and accommodation please.

So that’s 17 hours top quality training + all the food you can eat + laughs and giggles for £90 … !

Partial attendance costs are also available upon request – let us know what you want and we’ll work something out (it’s about £8 per hour.)

We are limited to about 80 participating students at this event so it’s first come first served basis.

Kesshu.

Sensei Adrian Starr.