Shorinji Kempo Chorca Dhuibhne


Shorinji Kempo is a non –competitive Japanese martial arts style from direct Chinese origins, for self defence and training for both the mind and the body. Its methods include a complete range of defence techniques from punches and kicks to throws and locks, a form of shiatsu massage [seiho], seated meditation and philosophy.

  • practical self defence, available to a wide range of abilities
  • fitness but with a bigger purpose
  • beneficial for the individual, and so for those around you too

In every any situation, you can weaken your opponent’s position and strengthen your own. Practically anyone will be able to benefit from training at our club regardless of size, fitness, flexibility or experience / inexperience.

Patrick Cazenove

Patrick Cazenove of Shorinji Kempo Chorca Dhuibhne

How is Shorinji Kempo different from other martial arts?

Shorinji Kempo aims to teach how to improve quality of life through self defence and in turn, the lives of people around you. It is not just about fighting, but about about developing the whole of the individual: mind and body.

As we focus on constantly improving our capabilities, it is about cooperation not competition. We work together to get better at our techniques and how to apply them in an emergency situation.

How fit do I need to be?

Shorinji Kempo is accessible to a wide range of people and this includes levels of fitness. It begins with moderate exercise so it can help you get fitter. At the same time, it is possible to exercise yourself to your own level, faster or slower as you want.

What should I wear?

We normally wear light or middle weight dogis but any loose clothing is fine to begin. Just be sure to remove any jewlery before training!

The characteristics of Shorinji Kempo are

1) Both the mind and the body of the student is developed. Through meditation and the concentration that is required of training a clearer mind is encouraged, useful for every situation to make the best decisions.

2) Strength and compassion go hand in hand. Good intentions need the ability to be followed by action else they are worthless.

3) Defense is primary, offense is secondary. The vast majority of techniques begin with an attack from an agressor and a response from the defender to make the attack ineffective followed by a counter move. This is strategically and philosophically advantageous but it also helps with the legal aspect of defending yourself in a real situation.

4) Softness and Hardness go together. By using strikes with throws and escapes a broad range of responses is possible. At a more advanced level, each technique can be seen to have softer and harder elements.

5) Pair form is essential. You cannot practise meaningful martial arts without lots of work with a partner to judge distance, timing and an attackers intentions.

6) Practise without injury. In its application, Kempo does not seek to break bones or kill. Using maximum effect for minimum damage an attacker is controlled without long term health issues. Every Kempo dojo enjoys a very good safety record.

The martial arts dojo in Dingle has been operating since 1990. For most of this time Shotokan karate was taught. In 2005 a gradual change took place and over a few years the martial art of Corca Dhuibhne Ryu evolved. This was a martial art founded on Zen Buddhist/Budo principles consisting of techniques from both Shorinji Kempo and Karate. In 2010 we were invited to become a Shorinji Kempo dojo connected to the federation in the UK. To date we are the only branch in Ireland.