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!


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,


One-day training seminar – Randori / Unyoho

Dear all,


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,




Weapons and Mixed Style Seminar

Dear All.


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.


July 1st – Grading


Dear All,


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!


May-Day Bank Holiday Mixed Martial Arts Seminar 2018

Dear All.


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.


Sensei Adrian Starr.