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Farewell to Sensei Russ, one of the originals

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Sensei Russell Jenkins one of the very first home grown kenshi and a leading light in British Shorinji Kempo. The Committee and members of the BSKF send our sincere condolences to Russell's family and to his many kenshi.

In 1974 when the first Shorinji Kempo branches were forming in the United Kingdom, one of the earliest was the Bournemouth dojo under Toshio Yoshida. Russell was among the first intake of Yoshida sensei's students. Russell was hooked on Shorinji Kempo from the start and when Yoshida sensei's path took him back to his native Japan, Russell became the branchmaster of the Bournemouth dojo. He devoted the rest of his life to improving his own understanding of the art and passing his knowledge down to his students, many of whom went on to found new Shorinji Kempo branches in the South of England.

Known affectionately as "Sensei Russ", he was a key figure in the BSKF for many years, both as a member of the technical committee and also as a leading voice in the direction of the BSKF. He was among the few non-Japanese kenshi who reached the grade of sixth dan together with his long-standing training partner and close friend, Peter Moore. His playful and sometimes irreverent attitude to life was an inspiration to many kenshi.

A sad farewell to one of the BSKF's originals.

Mizuno sensei has written some words of his own.

Gassho

I am shocked to hear the sad news that Russell Jenkins has passed away. Russell was a kenshi in the very earliest days of Shorinji Kempo in Great Britain. Together we persevered for over thirty-five years with the same aim in mind - to develop Shorinji Kempo in this country.

From when he took over responsibility of the Bournemouth Branch after Mr Yoshida returned home to Japan, to the present day Russell continued to work tirelessly as an instructor. From among the ranks of the many kenshi who have benefited from Russell's tutelage many have gone on to become instructors themselves. Although at time we held differing views and may not have always seen eye-to-eye, it was always clear that we both held the same fervent desire - to see Shorinji Kempo develop and flourish in the UK.

Now, as we pray for his spirit - I hope that those who have benefited from training under Russell will take on the mantle and keep the development of Shorinji Kempo moving forward as he would have wished.

May I offer my sincere condolences to Russell's family.

Kesshu

Tameo Mizuno

合掌

ラッセル・ジェンキンスが亡くなったとの知らせに驚いて居ます。 英国で少林寺拳法が最初に産声をあげた時からの拳士です。 35年以上に亘り、彼とはこの地で少林寺拳法を発展させるために、共に頑張 ってきた同志でした。

吉田さんが日本へ帰国した後、ボーンマス支部を引き継ぎ今日まで指導者 として頑張ってきました。 彼の指導の下、多くの拳士が育ち中には指導者 となった拳士も数多く居ます。  時には私と意見が異なり、主張がぶつかりあう事も有ったが、お互いに少林 寺拳法を発展させたいと願う強い気持ちは共通した思いであった。

今はご冥福を祈ると共に、ラッセルから指導を受けた拳士が志を引き継ぎ

少林寺拳法の発展に尽くしてくれる事を願うものです。

ご家族の悲しみが一日でも早く癒されんことを願ってやみません。

結手

水野為男

It was Sensei Russ's wishes that everyone who knew him would come and see him off. The funeral will take place on Monday 31st March 11.30am at the Bournemouth Crematorium, Strouden Avenue, BH8 9HX. It has been requested that flowers are from family only. Any donations please to Macmillan Caring Locally, either directly, or to the funeral directors or to Ian Hart."

Date posted: Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 09:09:13 PM

BSKF 40th Anniversary Taikai & Special Seminar details have been updated.

Details of BSKF 40th Anniversary Taikai & Special Seminar have been updated. Please see the event page for more information.

Date posted: Friday, 14 Mar 2014 12:18:35 PM

BSKF Spring Seminar details have been updated.

Details of BSKF Spring Seminar have been updated. Please see the event page for more information.

Date posted: Friday, 14 Mar 2014 12:17:57 PM

Black belt course details have been updated.

Details of Black belt course have been updated. Please see the event page for more information.

Date posted: Friday, 14 Mar 2014 12:15:06 PM

New articles section now available

We have added a new articles section to the website. To kick it off we have re-published an article that first appeared on bskf.org in 2003. Over the course of the next few months, as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, we will be bringing more articles out of the archives and making them available again. Expect articles that have appeared on the website, back issues of Gassho, articles in the press and martial arts magazines. If you have any oldies that you think would be of interest, please get in touch. Of course, you can also expect brand new articles as well. In the meantime enjoy Sutemi: giving up something important to gain something vital.

Date posted: Sunday, 09 Feb 2014 11:56:34 PM

New event: BSKF Grading on 17th May 2014

Details of BSKF Grading have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 10:10:27 PM

New event: Black belt course on 29th November 2014

Details of Black belt course have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 11:19:29 PM

New event: BSKF Grading on 1st November 2014

Details of BSKF Grading have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 11:18:23 PM

2014 Leaders Seminar in Cyprus details have been updated.

Details of 2014 Leaders Seminar in Cyprus have been updated. Please see the event page for more information.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 11:17:23 PM

2014 Leaders Seminar in Cyprus details have been updated.

Details of 2014 Leaders Seminar in Cyprus have been updated. Please see the event page for more information.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 11:16:55 PM

New event: 2014 Leaders Seminar in Cyprus on 5th October 2014

Details of 2014 Leaders Seminar in Cyprus have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 11:16:27 PM

New event: BSKF 40th Anniversary Taikai & Special Seminar on 30th August 2014

Details of BSKF 40th Anniversary Taikai & Special Seminar have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 11:13:37 PM

New event: Judges seminar on 10th August 2014

Details of Judges seminar have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 11:10:53 PM

New event: BSKF Grading on 2nd August 2014

Details of BSKF Grading have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 11:09:52 PM

New event: Black belt course on 22nd June 2014

Details of Black belt course have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 11:08:40 PM

New event: Judges Seminar on 1st June 2014

Details of Judges Seminar have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 11:07:12 PM

New event: BSKF Spring Seminar on 3rd May 2014

Details of BSKF Spring Seminar have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 11:05:24 PM

New event: Black belt course on 15th March 2014

Details of Black belt course have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 11:00:20 PM

New event: University Training Seminar on 15th February 2014

Details of University Training Seminar have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 10:58:45 PM

New event: BSKF Grading on 1st February 2014

Details of BSKF Grading have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 10:56:49 PM

New event: Black belt course on 19th January 2014

Details of Black belt course have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 10:54:29 PM

Videos of 2013 Taikai now on youtube

We have belatedly put some videos from last months taikai on our youtube channel. Here's a taster. Be sure to head over and watch them all.

Date posted: Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 09:46:25 PM

BSKF Taikai details have been updated.

Details of BSKF Taikai have been updated. Please see the event page for more information.

Date posted: Monday, 04 Nov 2013 10:20:33 PM

Cyprus Leaders Seminar 2013 - Photo Album

Take a look at our photo album on Facebook to see all the highlights from this year's Cyprus Leaders Seminar!

BSKF Cyprus Leaders Seminar 2013

Date posted: Saturday, 26 Oct 2013 03:49:09 PM

BSKF Taikai details have been updated.

Details of BSKF Taikai have been updated. Please see the event page for more information.

Date posted: Monday, 14 Oct 2013 11:20:43 PM

BSKF Taikai Judges Seminar details have been updated.

Details of BSKF Taikai Judges Seminar have been updated. Please see the event page for more information.

Date posted: Monday, 14 Oct 2013 11:19:06 PM

More videos from Hyper Japan 2013

Visit our youtube channel to see the latest clips from the BSKF demonstration at this year's Hyper Japan in London.

Date posted: Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 02:21:15 AM

Hyper Japan demo: single form sequences

Over the next fews days we will be uploading more videos from the BSKF demo at this year's Hyper Japan. In this first one BSKF students demonstrate some of the single form patterns that are an important part of training.

Date posted: Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 02:16:51 PM

New video of BSKF at Hyper Japan

Mizuno sensei and BSKF students demonstrated Shorinji kempo at the recent Hyper Japan show in London. Remember to subscribe to our youtube channel for our forthcoming videos.

Date posted: Thursday, 08 Aug 2013 12:58:21 AM

Summer Camp 2013 now on Facebook

Follow the facebook event page for up to the minute details about this year's Summer Camp. Tickets are now on sale. All welcome to train, and if you're not a BSKF member, then you'll need to join up first to cover insurance.

Date posted: Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 09:28:04 PM

Reminder: seminar coming up next weekend

The seminar is open to all BSKF members. Please try to attend. Follow our event page on facebook. The seminar is on one of the days of the Hyper Japan show, so why not combine both events.

Date posted: Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 12:30:18 AM

New event: Hyper Japan 2013 on 26th July 2013

Details of Hyper Japan 2013 have been added to the BSKF's event calendar. Details and news about the event can always be found at the event page.

Date posted: Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 11:44:12 AM

We are nearing 40 years of age

Next year, 2014, will be the 40th anniversary of the British Shorinji Kempo Federation. We are going to be recalling and celebrating our history on bskf.org. Our calendar page will have as many events as possible retrospectively added, along with memories and mementos. We are also going to publish the history of each and every branch that has helped to make such a rich history over four decades.

We would be delighted for your help in this. If you are a current or past member of the BSKF, please get in touch with your memories of this eventful 40 years. Photos, magazine articles about our summer camps, university training seminars, martial aid participation, any public demonstrations, back issues of our newsletter, Gassho and anything else you can think of will be gratefully received.

We will also be looking forward, and improving our social media presence. Don't forget to like our facebook page, which will be lively with news.

We want to make 2014 a great celebration of the British Shorinji Kempo Federation's contribution to traditional martial arts in the UK. Whether you are a current or ex-member, or are simply interested in our art, watch this space, and we will have something to offer all of you.

Date posted: Friday, 05 Jul 2013 01:07:01 AM

New event: Cardiff Branch 700th Training Session on 06 Jul 2013

The Cardiff branch is celebrating its 700th training session with a special event. Mizuno sensei will be giving a master class in gyaku gote, among other training in the afternoon. In the evening attendees are welcome to stay for dinner and a knees-up in town, and if anyone would like to stay over please get in touch with either your own branchmaster, or directly with the Cardiff branch. Many congratulations to Stephen on this landmark. Let's help to make it a great day of training and meeting old friends.

Click here for more details.

Date posted: Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 08:10:18 PM

Seminar in Neuchatel, Switzerland

There is to be a seminar in Switzerland, to which all BSKF kenshi are invited. The event will take place on June 1st and 2nd. Please contact your branchmaster if you would like to attend. More details to follow.

Kempo Freestyle, Switzerland.

Date posted: Tuesday, 19 Mar 2013 04:24:45 PM

More events added to 2013 calendar


The dates for further events have been added to the 2013 calendar now, please add them to your diaries now!

Link to the calendar page here

Date posted: Monday, 18 Mar 2013 12:00:00 AM

BSKF University Training Seminar 2013


This year the BSKF University Training Seminar will be held in Bristol on the weekend of 22nd-24th February.

Whilst primarily aimed at university dojos, all BSKF kenshi are encouraged to attend - please ask your branch master for more details.

The provisional timetable for the weekend is as follows:

Friday:
7-11pm Epi lounge, Bristol University Students Union - Meet and greet kenshi and homestays, and enjoy a few drinks..

Saturday:
Day: training in kingsdown sports hall 9.30am - 5pm
Evening: Food and entertainment

Sunday:
Day: training in kingsdown sports hall 9.30am - 4pm

A map of the venues can be found linked here, or below:


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Date posted: Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 12:00:00 AM

2013 Calendar Updated


The 2013 calendar has been updated, please add the new dates to your diaries now!

Link to the calendar page here

Date posted: Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 12:00:00 AM

Bristol Winter Ball - 12th January 2013


This year the Ball will be held on Saturday 12th January. There will be training during the afternoon, followed by a black-tie dinner and dance in the evening. The theme this year is Street Dance, so come prepared to toprock and downrock!

Details of the Bristol Winter Ball should have been circulated within your dojo, please let the organisers know if you would like to attend as soon as possible.

Date posted: Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 12:00:00 AM

2013 BSKF Event Calendar


The BSKF event calendar for the first half of 2013 has been added to the website now - details here. Further details and more events to be added soon!

Date posted: Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 12:00:00 AM

BSKF Examinars Seminar on 22nd September

BSKF Examinars Seminar to be held on the 22nd of September - all black belts are encouraged to attend as the seminar will cover in-depth technical knowledge of syllabus techniques for teaching and grading examinations.

Venue and times are on the calendar page.

Date posted: Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 12:00:00 AM

Details for summer camp

This is the final call for bookings for this year's summer camp. See the map below for directions to the training venue.


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Date posted: Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 12:00:00 AM

25th March Black Belt seminar - venue change

Please note that the venue for the Black Belt seminar this Sunday 25th March has changed. The times are the same (2-5pm) but the venue is:

Sobell Leisure Centre Hornsey Road London N7 7NY

Date posted: Friday, 23 Mar 2012 12:00:00 AM

Another great UTS

The 2012 University Training Seminar continued the BSKF's proud tradition of February seminars last weekend, with around a hundred kenshi in attendence. Watch this space for a full report and photos from the event. Date posted: Sunday, 26 Feb 2012 12:00:00 AM

BSKF University Training Seminar - Friday night meetup

The UTS is kicking off this weekend with a meetup on the Friday evening - come down from 8pm onwards and join us for a few drinks or a bite to eat. This is also the venue for homestay hosts to meetup with their guests for the weekend.

The venue is The Warwick and directions on how to get there are on its website here.

There is an NCP car park close by, but it is recommended to travel there by public transport as it is in central London.

There will be signs at the entrance directing people to the downstairs area that we have reserved.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Date posted: Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 12:00:00 AM

Venue details for UTS 2012

Please note the venue for the 2012 BSKF University Training Seminar, which is Chiswick Sports Centre. Chiswick mainline is the nearest public transport link.


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Date posted: Saturday, 21 Jan 2012 12:00:00 AM

BSKF University Training Seminar details

The BSKF 2012 University Training Seminar, held on the weekend of 18th/19th February, is now only four weeks away.

The UTS will be two full days of training 10am - 5pm and is for kenshi of all levels. This years venue is Chiswick Sports Hall, London W4 3UN.

The UTS weekend will start with a friday night meet-up in a central London pub (venue to be announced shortly). Kenshi who are homestaying with London kenshi can come and meet here, and of course we hope we'll see anyone else who just fancies coming along to say hello and have a drink or two..

Training will start at 10am on both Saturday and Sunday - please arrive in good time to change and register before then. Lunches will be provided on both days. There will also be a party and dinner on the Saturday evening in a very nice pub a short walk away from the venue.

Please ask your branchmaster for any other details you require.

Date posted: Saturday, 21 Jan 2012 12:00:00 AM

26th February Grading - time changed

Please note that the grading on Sunday 26th February will now start at 3pm instead of 2pm. The venue is the upstairs "New York" studio at The Factory.


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Date posted: Saturday, 21 Jan 2012 12:00:00 AM

BSKF 2012 calendar announced


The calendar of BSKF events for 2012 has been announced - please see the calendar page for full details.

More details will be added shortly, including a date for the BSKF 2012 Taikai - watch this space!

Date posted: Tuesday, 08 Nov 2011 12:00:00 AM

BSKF Grading event details have been updated.

Click here for more details.

Date posted: Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 12:00:00 AM

Final total raised at Martial Aid

We have recieved the following letter from WIKF regarding the final amount raised at Martial Aid 2011. As you can see it was a very respectable £10,845. Thank you once again to all those who were involved.

Dear all,

Please note I have transferred the total of £6,500.00 to the Japanese Red Cross after receiving all donations from those taking part in the event. My charity account balance paid the £28.00 fees for the transaction and therefore the total donation amounts to a grand £10,845.11. Thank you all for your excellent contributions and participation. On behalf of the WIKF (England) we were very pleased to work with you all for this great cause.

As you will know, Sensei Suzuki was a great supporter of this event albeit he was too ill to attend in person. Donations for this charitable cause were also made from his funeral proceedings however I am unable to quantify the amount as this was arranged by his wife, Eleni.

We look forward to meeting you all again and hopefully for another worthy cause to bring us all together.

Kind regards, Tony Utting (5th Dan), WIKF (England) Secretary

Date posted: Monday, 03 Oct 2011 12:00:00 AM

Video from Summer Camp

See Mizuno sensei demonstrate tenchiken dai ikkei with a bo, at Summer Camp 2011, Bristol.

Date posted: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 12:00:00 AM

Video from Martial Aid 2011

See a collage of demonstrations by the BSKF at Martial Aid 2011 on our YouTube channel.

Date posted: Monday, 19 Sep 2011 12:00:00 AM

Report from Summer Camp 2011

The Bristol branches of the BSKF hosted the 2011 Summer Camp, on the weekend of September 17th and 18th. As always the event was very well supported, with around a hundred kenshi in attendance. We were joined by visitors from three branches in Switzerland, and from the Dingle branch in the Republic of Ireland.

The technical training was led by Mizuno Sensei, the BSKF's Chief Instructor. We started with kihon on the Saturday morning, focussing on correct form for basic techniques. Following on, kenshi split into groups to practice syllabus techniques, helped by senior techical instructors Richard Jarman (Richmond branch) and Stuart Tatlock (Mayfair branch).

After lunch, Mizuno sensei gave howa, talking about the importance of understanding the changing world, with particular reference to the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown in the wake of the Tohoku earthquake.

The technical training in the afternoon was centred on the new BSKF syllabus, in its first public airing. From February 2012, examinations will follow the new syllabus. In particular, the kumi embu have been changed to be more similar to competition or demonstration embu. The sequences are still prescribed, but rather than changing between kogeki and uke performing each technique in sequence, instead the attacker and defender are fixed for the duration on ten techniques combined together with renhanko. This was also a hint as to which techniques have moved between syllabuses. For instance, kote nage will now be required for shodan, while ninin nuki, an old favourite will be re-established in the nidan syllabus.

Technical training finished with kyu kenshi practicing tan'en hokei, while yudansha began on the new syllabus for roku shakujo waza. Mizuno sensei explained the basic of tsuki and uke with the staff, and then showed tenchiken dai ikkei.

On the Saturday evening, we were treated to a trip around the water front on the Tower Belle, visiting some of Bristol's historic landmarks. Many kenshi who had never visited the city before remarked how lively and beautiful it is. The organisers provided a buffet and a special, and large, delivery of freshly baked pizza as sustenance.

Training resumed on the Sunday morning. During kihon, Mizuno sensei took the BSKF branchmasters for shakujo training, explaining in detail how to do tenchiken dai ikkei to dai rokkei with the staff. He pointed out that there were sometimes two acceptable ways to perform the hokei. The shakaujo syllabus will be a requirement for yudansha examinations from February 2012, so it is very important that branchmasters are familiar with the correct form.

Sensei's howa was this time about the importance of forming relationships among kenshi. He told stories of his early experiences with some of the old masters who were Kaiso's direct students, showing particularly how some of them had come to Shorinji Kempo to get fighting techniques for the wrong reasons. Many of them were deeply affected by Kaiso's philosophy, and became strong leaders in the early development of Shorinji Kempo.

Technical training resumed with Mizuno sensei explaining how to move from hokei to randori, with many practical examples to take away and improve on in our dojos. The seminar finished with yudansha practicing appo and kappo waza, while kyu kenshi were taught seiho by Richard Jarman.

Summer Camp was neither in the summer, nor a camp this year, but nevertheless it was a superb training event as always. The organisers from Bristol University and Bristol City branches made it a seamless and very enjoyable experience. Kenshi from all over the UK, Ireland and Switzerland were treated to great hospitality, and left happy to have trained with and spent good time with old friends.

Watch this space for links to photographs and video from the 2011 Summer Camp on our Flickr and YouTube pages.

Date posted: Sunday, 18 Sep 2011 12:00:00 AM

Disclaimer about Netherlands Shorinji Kempo Unity Assocation

The organisation Netherlands Shorinji Kempo Unity Association has published copyright material from bskf.org, and claimed credit for the Martial Aid 2011 event. BSKF wishes to make clear that it is in no way associated with Netherlands Shorinji Kempo Unity Association, and that the latter played no part in the organisation of, or participation in Martial Aid 2011.

Date posted: Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 12:00:00 AM

Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal Thanks BSKF


The British Red Cross has thanked the BSKF for their donation to the Japan Tsunami Appeal.

On the 22nd May 2011 the BSKF, along with Wado International Karate-Do Federation, UK Kyudo Association, Mumeishi Kendo Club, Eishinkan Iaido and Jodo, British Aikido Federation and Shikukai Karate-Do, organised the Unite for Japan Martial Aid event to raise money for the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.

The event was a great success, and has now raised a total of £6235.71 for the Red Cross appeal. Donations on the day raised £1921.71, and the BSKF continued raising donations on it's Just Giving page, now totalling £4314.

The British Red Cross has thanked the BSKF for it's donation to the Tsunami Appeal from Just Giving - links to the Red Cross certificate here and letter here.

Date posted: Saturday, 20 Aug 2011 12:00:00 AM

Message from the BSKF Chief Instructor


Message from the BSKF Chief Instructor to all BSKF kenshi:


Gassho

The British Red Cross has sent me the attached thank you letter and certificate for the BSKF donation to the Japan Tsunami Appeal from the BSKF Just Giving page.

I have received these as representative of the BSKF, but this result was achieved by the effort of every BSKF kenshi who contributed.

As kenshi we continue to make our best efforts to put the philosophy of Shorinji Kempo into action.

I sincerely appreciate the efforts of all kenshi and look forwards to seeing you at Summer Camp in Bristol.

Kesshu

T. Mizuno



Date posted: Saturday, 20 Aug 2011 12:00:00 AM

Book now for summer camp

Bristol branch is now taking bookings for summer camp. Bookings en bloc are preferable, although individual bookings are also acceptable. See the facebook page for more information.

Date posted: Tuesday, 09 Aug 2011 12:00:00 AM

October BSKF Judges & Examiners Seminar date changed

The date of the next BSKF Judges & Examiners Seminar has changed - it will now be held on Saturday the 22nd of October. Venue and times to be confirmed shortly.

Date posted: Wednesday, 03 Aug 2011 12:00:00 AM

Black belt course on 23rd July - venue change

Please note that the black belt course this coming Saturday 23rd July will now be held in Expressions Studio - 39-51 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1RT.

The time of the seminar remains the same - 12 to 3pm.

Click here for map for Expressions Studio

Date posted: Monday, 11 Jul 2011 12:00:00 AM

Imperial College branch visit to Dingle

Imperial College branch visited the Dingle shorinji kempo branch in Ireland last weekend, and got a write up in the local paper. Click here to see more. Watch this space for report on the visit.

Date posted: Thursday, 02 Jun 2011 12:00:00 AM

Martial Aid 2011 exceeds target

The 2011 Martial Aid event, Unite for Japan has surpassed the £5000 target for the relief effort in the aftermath of the Tohoku Earthquake. Takings on the day were £1921.71. Additionally £3888 have been raised at the Just Giving page. Thank you to everyone who participated in organising the event, and especially those who raised sponsorship money. It isn't too late to donate. Photos are still available at Flickr.

Date posted: Tuesday, 31 May 2011 12:00:00 AM

Reminder for Examiner Seminar

This seminar, on June 4th, is open to all kenshi 2nd dan and above. This is the first of a series of courses designed to help all senior kenshi consolidate their knowledge of kyu-grade techniques, with a view to becoming able to be an examiner at gradings. This requires both accuracy and consistency across all instructors, so the courses will each focus on one part of the syllabus intensively. The first seminar will cover 4th & 3rd kyu techniques, and subsequent seminars will cover the higher grades up to Shodan. Once kenshi have completed seminars covering all the grades then they will be eligible for full certification as an examiner (except for 2nd dan kenshi, who will have to wait until they achieve 3rd dan). The intention is currently to hold 2 such seminars annually.

Click for full details.

Date posted: Friday, 27 May 2011 12:00:00 AM

Video from Cambridge seminar

Stuart and Mitsuko had a final dress rehearsal of their embu, before Martial Aid 2011.

Date posted: Monday, 23 May 2011 12:00:00 AM

Unite for Japan - Martial Aid 2011

Seven styles of martial arts came together at the Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre in South West London to raise awareness of the lasting effects of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, demonstrating a wide range of skills to a large audience.

The event opened with a minute's silence to reflect upon the loss of life and devastation that struck on 7th April 2011. There then followed a series of demonstrations by the various participants. First was Kyudo (represented by the UK Kyudo Association), the art of archery. Participants opened the demonstrations with a display of great skill and presence, three archers striking a target at the opposite end of the hall with six arrows.

They were followed by a demonstration from the Wado International Karate-Do Federation, with two fighters performing an impressive display of striking techniques. After Wado Karate, the Mumeishi Kendo Club performed a broad range of sword arts, culminating in a cacophony of sound and movement as the performers showed a final ensemble. This was built upon by the next demonstration from the Eishinkan Iai do and Jo do, who displayed the classic Japanese sword arts in a pure and clean sequence of techniques.

After a short break, Skikukai Karate Do opened the second half with a skilfully coordinated demonstration of single- and pair-form techniques. Following Shikukai, a demonstration of Shorinji Kempo by BSKF covered a diverse range of training, from meditation and single form patterns to paired demonstrations of hard and soft techniques, a knife defence demonstration and a multiple-attacker sequence, and closing with a performance by Mizuno Sensei with the bo (wooden staff). Closing the demonstrations were the British Aikido Federation, who provided an engaging display of the controlling and throwing techniques of aikido in a fluid display of skill.

The event closed with a short self-defence workshop offered by BSKF and then a sponsored 300 kicks by all the BSKF participants, completed to the countdown and cheers of the crowd. Martial Aid 2011 was a superb example of cooperation among the martial arts for a greater cause, and provided an extremely interesting and compelling spectacle to the hundreds who turned up to watch. It was a great accomplishment for all who took part and organised the event, and will stand as a powerful testament of compassion from martial artists and the general public of Britain.

With thanks to: UK Kyudo Association, Wado International Karate Do Federation, Mumeishi Kemdo Club, Eishinkan Iai Do and Jo Do, Shikukai Karate Do, BSKF (Shorinji Kempo) and the British Aikido Federation, Mitsuko Matsumoto, Chris Lloyd and other organisers and helpers, and all who attended to support the event.

Report by John Ryan, Imperial branch.

Date posted: Sunday, 22 May 2011 12:00:00 AM

Photos of Martial Aid 2011

Photos of the event are available at Flickr. Thanks to John Ryan, Imperial College Branch, for the photographs.

Date posted: Sunday, 22 May 2011 12:00:00 AM

BSKF youtube channel

We now have a youtube channel, which you can follow by clicking here. To get us started, we have uploaded some videos of Mizuno sensei explaining some ideas on how to build embu.

Date posted: Sunday, 22 May 2011 12:00:00 AM

Cambridge Seminar this weekend

It isn't too late to come to the Cambridge seminar this Saturday. The theme of the training will be building kumi embu. After training there will be a great opportunity to meet up with old friends. Full details can be found on the facebook page for the event: Click here.

Date posted: Wednesday, 18 May 2011 12:00:00 AM

New BSKF logo registered as a trademark

The new BSKF logo, made up of the cross and the 'ken' symbol has been registered as a trademark in the UK. Details can be found at Intellectual Property Office.

Date posted: Friday, 06 May 2011 12:00:00 AM

New event: Unite For Japan 2011 on 22 May 2011

Martial Aid is back. Unite For Japan has been jointly organised by BSKF, Wado International Karate-Do Federation, UK Kyudo Association, Mumeishi Kendo Club, Eishinkan Iaido and Jodo, British Aikido Federation and Shikukai Karate-Do.

This is a rare opportunity to see demonstrations of Japanese budo of the highest quality and to raise money to support the Japanese Red Cross who continue with the relief effort in the wake of the Tohoku Earthquake, and the almost constant earthquakes which have continued to hit Japan. Please support this event, and publicise it widely. The event has a facebook page.

Click here for more details.

Date posted: Monday, 02 May 2011 12:00:00 AM

How to get to Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre


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Date posted: Monday, 02 May 2011 12:00:00 AM

BSKF Summer camp on Facebook

There is now a Facebook page for summer camp. Click here to see the event.

Date posted: Friday, 22 Apr 2011 12:00:00 AM

New event: BSKF Summer Camp 2011 on 17 Sep 2011

Please put the dates for this year's summer camp in your diaries. It will be hosted in Bristol, and is a bit later than usual, in September. Further details will follow.

Click here for more details.

Date posted: Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 12:00:00 AM

BSKF Judges & Examiners Seminar event details have been updated.

Please note the change of time and venue for the BSKF Judges and Examiner's seminar, following the closure of Charteris Sports centre.

Click here for more details.

Date posted: Sunday, 17 Apr 2011 12:00:00 AM

BSKF Grading event details have been updated.

Please note the change of time and venue for the August grading, following the closure of Charteris sports centre.

Click here for more details.

Date posted: Sunday, 17 Apr 2011 12:00:00 AM

All Grade Seminar 23rd April Venue Changed

Please note that due to a problem with the Imperial venue, the location of the all grade seminar on April 23rd has been changed.

The new venue is Studio 2, Expressions Studios, 39-51 Highgate Road, NW5 1RT. The studio is a few minutes walk from both Kentish Town and Tufnell Park tube stations, and many buses go nearby too.

http://www.expressionsstudios.com/index.php

Date posted: Friday, 08 Apr 2011 12:00:00 AM

Japan Day 2011 Cambridge

Kenshi from the Cambridge branch were invited to demonstrate Shorinji Kempo for Japan Day 2011 at the Kaetsu Educational Centre in Cambridge, on March 5th 2011. The Centre organises Japan Day every year, to promote and support Japanese culture in Cambridge. The Director of the Kaetsu Centre, Peter Roberts-Taira, chose budo as the theme of this year's Japan Day. The twin path of culture and martial arts (bunbu ryodo) was emphasised, with demonstrations of a tea ceremony by the Kaetsu Urasenke Chado Group, and exhibitions of Ikebana (flower arranging) and shodo (calligraphy). There were also demonstrations of karatedo, iaido and Shorinji kempo. The day's events were rounded off with a showing of The Shogun's Samurai co-hosted with the Embassy of Japan.

The Cambridge kenshi introduced Shorinji kempo, explaining the history, philosophy and techniques. The demonstration opened with chinkon-gyo, followed by hono embu, and an explanation of goho and juho hokei. Junior kenshi demonstrated tan'en hokei, and members of the Mayfair branch provided a dynamic tanto embu. Mizuno sensei finished the demo with a shakujo embu. Some photos of the demonstration are available at kenshi Chris Littlefair's blog Diary of a Martial Artist and some videos are also available here, here and here.

The event was very enjoyable, and very well attended. The Cambridge kenshi were very grateful for the excellent hospitality, and professional organisation. The Kaetsu Centre is continuing fundraising efforts for the relief in the wake of the Tohoku earthquake, and is hosting a concert this Saturday.

Date posted: Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 12:00:00 AM

Directions for Union Gym

Here is a map for the Union Gym for the grading on May 7th, and the seminar on April 23rd.


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Date posted: Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 12:00:00 AM

BSKF Grading event details have been updated.

Charteris Sports Centre has closed due to government cuts, meaning that all BSKF events scheduled to be held there will be relocated. Imperial College branch have kindly agreed to allowing their usual training slot to be used for the grading on May 7th. Please see the event page for further details.

Click here for more details.

Date posted: Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 12:00:00 AM

All Grade Seminar event details have been updated.

The venue for the seminar on 23rd April has been changed to the usual Imperial branch Saturday venue, the Union Gym. Please check the event page for further details.

Click here for more details.

Date posted: Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 12:00:00 AM

New event: Second Cambridge Spring Seminar on 21 May 2011

Cambridge branch is pleased to announce the second Cambridge Spring Seminar, an afternoon of training with Mizuno sensei. The seminar will take place on Saturday, May 21st 2011, at Fenners Gallery, Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre, Cambridge. The event is open to all kenshi, and anyone who would like to try Shorinji Kempo out.

Click here for more details.

Date posted: Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 12:00:00 AM

Japanese earthquake and tsunami

BSKF sends its deepest condolences to all kenshi and people who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We hope that anyone affected will be able to recover and return to normal life as soon as possible.

この度の東北地方太平洋沖地震並びに津波被害に見舞われました拳士及び日本の皆様にBSKFは心よりお見舞い申し上げます。
被害にあわれた皆様が一日も早く平穏な生活に戻られる事を祈念いたします。

Date posted: Saturday, 12 Mar 2011 12:00:00 AM

New event: First Welsh BSKF seminar on 26 Mar 2011

The Cardiff branch is hosting the first BSKF seminar in Wales. All are welcome to attend. Please contact Steve Stanway to give an idea of numbers.

Click here for more details.

Date posted: Thursday, 03 Mar 2011 12:00:00 AM

Program and other information for UTS

Bookmark this page to ensure that you do not get lost during the weekend! The outline of the program is as follows.

Friday 18th Feb - Welcome/Registration in the Food Factory of the Queen Margaret Union from 7pm. You will meet your allocated homestays here - please let me know an estimated arrival time.


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Saturday 19th Feb - Training from 9am until 5pm in Hillhead Primary school.


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Saturday 19th Feb - 7pm Party/dinner in the Glasgow University Union (Branchmaster entertainment separate).


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Sunday 20th Feb - Training from 9am until 3pm in Hilhead Primary school.

Would branchmasters let the organisers know who is attending the UTS from their branch, their kenshi number, dietary requirements, t-shirt size and rank by the Friday 28th January. Payment should be made to the organisers by 31st January.

Date posted: Thursday, 20 Jan 2011 12:00:00 AM

New event: BSKF Judges & Examiners Seminar on 04 Jun 2011

BSKF Judges & Examiners Seminar added to the calendar. Click here for more details.

Date posted: Monday, 17 Jan 2011 12:00:00 AM

New event: BSKF Judges & Examiners Seminar 22nd October 2011

BSKF Judges & Examiners Seminar added to the calendar. Click here for more details.

Date posted: Monday, 17 Jan 2011 12:00:00 AM

New event: BSKF Grading on 07 May 2011

May grading added to the calendar. Click here for more details.

Date posted: Monday, 17 Jan 2011 12:00:00 AM

New event: BSKF Grading on 06 Aug 2011

August Grading added to calendar. Click here for more details.

Date posted: Monday, 17 Jan 2011 12:00:00 AM

New event: BSKF Grading on 05 Nov 2011

November grading added to the calendar. Click here for more details.

Date posted: Monday, 17 Jan 2011 12:00:00 AM

New event: BSKF Black Belt Seminar on 23 Jul 2011

BSKF Black Belt Seminar added to the calendar. Click here for more details.

Date posted: Monday, 17 Jan 2011 12:00:00 AM

New event: Black belt seminar on 30 Jan 2011

A new date for you diaries! The first black belt seminar of 2011 will take place on Sunday the 30th Jan. Please see the calendar for more details. Click here for more details.

Date posted: Monday, 17 Jan 2011 12:00:00 AM

New event: All Grade Seminar on 23 Apr 2011

April All Grade Seminar added to the calendar. Click here for more details.

Date posted: Monday, 17 Jan 2011 12:00:00 AM

February Grading

The February grading will take place on the 6th of Feb at Danceworks in Mayfair from 9.00 - 12.00. Entrance to the venue will be free of charge for all those attending the grading.

Date posted: Friday, 14 Jan 2011 12:00:00 AM

Grading event details have been updated.

The February grading is on the calendar, please make note of the new time and venue.

Click here for more details.

Date posted: Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 12:00:00 AM

Announcing the 2011 University Training Seminar

Glasgow University branch are pleased to announce this year's University Training Seminar, to be held on February 19th and 20th. The price of the full weekend will be £60 which includes training, lunch on both days and an evening social on Saturday.

The weekend will follow the usual format with training on Saturday (9 - 5pm) and Sunday (9 - 3pm) with a party on the Saturday night. It is hoped that people will arrive on Friday at a designated meeting point to be allocated their homestays. Where it isn't possible to provide homestay, we will organise accomodation for students in hostels. The cost will be spread equally amongst kenshi so nobody shall be financially penalised for this. We will assist branchmasters to identify suitable accommodation in convenient hotels or guest houses.

In order to aid planning please would each branch email the organisers, before the end of January, with a list of members who wish to attend. The details required are, name, rank, BSKF membership number, dietary requirements and T-shirt size. Please state whether they do NOT require a homestay/accomodation.

Date posted: Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 12:00:00 AM

Photos of Summer Camp 2010 available on Facebook

There is a large selection of photos of the truly excellent summer camp available on our facebook page here, including some shots from the yudansha appo/kappo session, and the introduction of the new bo syllabus.

Date posted: Monday, 13 Sep 2010 12:00:00 AM

New event: BSKF demonstration at Japan Matsuri 2010. on 18 Sep 2010

Kenshi from Mayfair, City University and University College London branches will demonstrate on the budo stage at the 2010 Japan Matsuri, to be held at Spitalfields Market. The demonstration will be at 11.30am. The Matsuri will be an excellent day to sample many aspects of Japanese culture. Click here for more details of the event.

Click here for more details.

Date posted: Saturday, 11 Sep 2010 12:00:00 AM

Facebook page for Bristol Shorinji Kempo Winter Ball

You can follow this event on Facebook.

Date posted: Wednesday, 25 Aug 2010 12:00:00 AM

Bristol Shorinji Kempo Winter Seminar 2010

Bristol SK Dojos proudly presents...

We are planning to run the same event as last year at the same venues, Cotham School for training (to be confirmed) and Marriot Hotel Bristol City Centre for evening entertainments. This will be a black tie event with a dance lesson.

More information to follow.

Date posted: Wednesday, 25 Aug 2010 12:00:00 AM

BSKF launches new website

The British Shorinji Kempo Federation is pleased to announce the release of a new design for the website. Some links may have changed, but the rss feed should still work. Please report any problems with the new site. We intend to increase the content and functionality, particularly reinstating the member's area in the near future.

Date posted: Wednesday, 11 Aug 2010 12:00:00 AM

BSKF Summer Camp update

Please note that Summer Camp training will start each day at 9am. Detailed timetable is available here.

The BSKF grading will take place during the Saturday.

Homestays are being coordinated by Kavita, details will be sent direct to homestay kenshi shortly, but you can also contact Kavita direct at: BSKFSummerCamp[at]kapoor.co.uk

Date posted: Monday, 09 Aug 2010 12:00:00 AM

Fun day with Harlow branch event details have been updated.

The kenshi at Harlow branch are holding a fun day of training and meeting other kenshi. If you would like to attend please contact Linda Helm-Manley for more information.

Click here for more details.

Date posted: Thursday, 08 Jul 2010 12:00:00 AM

BSKF Summer Camp 2010 event details have been updated.

Click here for more details.

Date posted: Thursday, 08 Jul 2010 12:00:00 AM

Online booking available for Summer Gasshuku

Branch administrators can book places for the Summer Gassuku online here. This site also contains some basic information about the event including the final price list. Bookings can be provisional at the moment. Please make sure to indicate if you require, or can offer, homestay places.

Date posted: Thursday, 01 Jul 2010 12:00:00 AM

Cambridge branch blog

Cambridge branch has an ongoing blog page at tumblr. In particular see the brief report on the recent seminar, including appeal for photos. We would like to make a permanent record of of the event, so if you have any photos, please contact Cambridge branch directly.

Date posted: Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 12:00:00 AM

BSKF unveils new emblem

Over the past couple of months, the BSKF has been running a competition among kenshi to design a new emblem for the Federation, and we are pleased to announce the final design, shown below. The design was arrived at over several iterations, and is based on the manji, which Doshin So said was "The symbol of Shorinji Kempo", overlaid with the kanji for kobushi or ken, specially calligraphed by Mizuno Sensei. The emblem is a return to a more traditional symbol but with a modern feel.

Dogi badges will soon be made available, and will be in the traditional colours. Icons are available for use on your websites. Please contact the web team to obtain copies. Finally, a huge thank you to all who were involved in the process.

New logo

Date posted: Friday, 18 Jun 2010 12:00:00 AM

New event - BSKF Summer Camp 2010 on 14 Aug 2010 - added to the calendar

Summer camp has been booked for August 14th and 15th in London. The format will be much the same as last year, and the event is being organised by Imperial College branch. Details will follow, but please keep this weekend free for top flight instruction and international visitors.

Date posted: Wednesday, 02 Jun 2010 12:00:00 AM

BSKF Summer Camp on Facebook

Follow plans for Summer Camp 2010 on Facebook. You can also become a fan of the BSKF on Facebook.

Date posted: Wednesday, 02 Jun 2010 12:00:00 AM

Reminder for Cambridge Seminar

The Cambridge seminar, this coming Saturday 22nd May is being held in Fenner's Gallery at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre, from 2pm to 5pm. After training we will grab a bite to eat, and then gather at the Salisbury Arms, which is convenient for the station. The last train back into London is at 23:10. Everyone is welcome to come along. We have no homestay places left, but there will be several kenshi staying over in B&Bs. Please see the Facebook events page for more information, including a map.

Date posted: Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:00:00 AM

New event - Black belt course on 19 Jun 2010 - added to the calendar

Regular black course

Date posted: Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:00:00 AM

Shorinji Kempo demonstration at Japanese Garden Party, Hammersmith

Kenshi from Mayfair and UCL dojos will be performing a demonstration at the Japanese Garden Party on Sunday, 23rd May at the Japanese Garden in Hammersmith Park, South Africa Road, White City, London W12 7PA. The Garden Party runs from 12 noon to 4pm, and the demonstration will be held twice, at 12.55pm and 3pm. Other events include Taiko drummers, Eisa performances, Japanese buskers, and stalls selling Japanese food and gifts. Nearest tubes are Shepherds Bush and White City, please note there are no parking facilities in the vicinity.

The event is being organised by Hammersmith & Fulham council, the Japan-British Exhibition 100 Committee, the Japan Society and the Japanese Resident Association. More information is available from the Japanese embassy.


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Date posted: Sunday, 16 May 2010 12:00:00 AM

More details for May Black Belt Course

Training will take place from 2pm to 5pm. There will be some bo and shakujo training, so if you have a bo or shakujo, please bring it along. There will also be a study of balance-breaking (kuzushi) in juho waza.

Date posted: Wednesday, 05 May 2010 12:00:00 AM

New event - Black Belt Course on 16 May 2010 - added to the calendar

Regular black belt course.

Date posted: Sunday, 02 May 2010 12:00:00 AM

Details for Cambridge Seminar

Cambridge Shorinji Kempo Dojo is holding its first seminar with Mizuno sensei as guest instructor. Renowned as a world famous seat of learning, Cambridge (dojo) is offering you a chance to study here at its very first early summer seminars. Cambridge is an apt location for this afternoon training session with Mizuno sensei with ideally located training facilities close to the train and bus stations. Cambridge also boasts stacks of nice pubs, parks and places to eat so we will not be stuck for somewhere to let our hair down after training.

Book now with us by registering your interest on our Facebook events page, and we will guarantee a solid learning session in the afternoon of the 22nd May and a warm welcome from the Cambridge dojo members. We will also make sure that, in the evening if you would like to stick around, we can show you some sights of Cambridge or at the very least the inside of a good pub.

The training venue is the Fenners Gallery at Kelsey Kerridge which is conveniently located 10-15 minutes walk from the railway station and very close to the town centre for after training frivolities.

Date posted: Saturday, 01 May 2010 12:00:00 AM

New event - Cambridge seminar with Mizuno sensei on 22 May 2010 - added to the calendar

Cambridge branch is hosting an afternoon seminar with Mizuno sensei. Training will be from 2pm to 5pm, followed by a social in Cambridge. All kenshi are more than welcome to attend. Please contact Cambridge branch to book a place.

Date posted: Monday, 12 Apr 2010 12:00:00 AM

New event - Grading on 01 May 2010 - added to the calendar

There will be a grading on Saturday May 1st, held at Charteris Sports Centre. Please note that Yasue sensei is currently on holiday, so please send application forms and homework to Chris Lloyd.

Venue: Charteris Sports Centre
24-30 Charteris Road
Kilburn
London
NW6 7ET
Times: 14:00 to 16::00

Date posted: Thursday, 08 Apr 2010 12:00:00 AM

March edition of Gassho.UK available

Richard Jarman has published the second in the new series of Gassho.UK The original unofficial newsletter of the BSKF. The headlines for the March edition are

  • A spendid time was had by all.
  • Up your badges!
  • New Roots, Shoots and Branches.
  • Gassho UK goes global.
  • The Road ahead for the BSKF.

Please ask your branchmater for a copy.

Date posted: Saturday, 20 Mar 2010 12:00:00 AM

BSKF website back online

The BSKF website is back up with limited functionality. The news pages has a new url, so please update your RSS subscription details.

Date posted: Saturday, 20 Mar 2010 12:00:00 AM

New edition of Gassho!

Original editor of Gassho in 1984, and current BSKF president Richard Jarman has brought the newsletter back to life. It has been circulated to branchmasters, so please ask for your copy. The headlines are:

  • Members ratify 2010 Constitution.
  • BSKF President's message to members.
  • SK in Malaysia
  • WSKO calls last minute meeting
  • WSKO pulls out of Bristol seminar

Date posted: Thursday, 25 Feb 2010 12:00:00 AM

Reminder: Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the BSKF is scheduled to be held on Saturday February 20th in London. Your branchmaster should have received all of the particulars.

Time: 12:30pm - 15:30pm
Place: Nippon Club
6 St. Alban's Street
London SW1Y 4SQ


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Date posted: Friday, 12 Feb 2010 12:00:00 AM

Bristol seminar update

WSKO have pulled out of the BSKF seminar, being held in Bristol on February 27th and 28th. The organisers are still taking bookings, and there will still be a training seminar. Please contact Mike Sadler for more details.

Even if you are unable to attend the seminar, you can still donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee, to which are proceeds from the event are being given. Simply click on the link below.

Date posted: Friday, 12 Feb 2010 12:00:00 AM

New branch opening in Stockport

Rupert Cox sensei is opening a new branch in Greater Manchester.

Time: Friday 7.00-9.00
Location: 'Target Life' recreation centre
Lapwing Lane
Brinnington
Stockport
SK5 8LF


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If you would like to join the class, or speak to Rupert please contact the web team.

Date posted: Sunday, 17 Jan 2010 12:00:00 AM

January black belt course, London

There is a scheduled black belt course for January. This will be on the 31st January, at the usual venue:

Charteris Sports Centre
24-30 Charteris Road
London
NW6 7ET

Click here for details of how to get to the venue.

The seminar is from 2pm until 5pm and will be taught by Jee sensei (6th dan) assisted by other branch masters. This black belt course is open to all Yudansha (dan grades) members of the BSKF. Please offer this information and opportunity to all of your kenshi. Please contact Steve Williams or Jee sensei if you require any more information.

Date posted: Sunday, 17 Jan 2010 12:00:00 AM

New event - LUSKG Seminar on 28 Nov 2009 - added to the calendar

The next in the regular LUSKG seminars. Attendence is open to all kenshi. Jee sensei has agreed to conduct a grading. Please let Adrian Simpson know if you would like to grade, and please observe the usual protocol regarding sending forms to Yasue sensei.

Date posted: Thursday, 22 Oct 2009 12:00:00 AM

New training times for Angel Juniors class

The training times for Angel Juniors classes have changed. The Thursday evening slot has been moved to Wednesday, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

Date posted: Saturday, 17 Oct 2009 12:00:00 AM

New event - BSKF Grading on 08 Nov 2009 - added to the calendar

A BSKF grading will be held in London on November 8th. Please submit your forms in good time to Yasue sensei as usual.

Date posted: Saturday, 03 Oct 2009 12:00:00 AM

New event - BSKF Grading on 08 Nov 2009 - added to the calendar

A BSKF grading will be held in London on November 8th. Please submit your forms in good time to Yasue sensei as usual.

Date posted: Saturday, 03 Oct 2009 12:00:00 AM

New event - Black Belt Course on 25 Oct 2009 - added to the calendar

All yudansha are welcome and encouraged to attend. The day's programme will follow.

Date posted: Saturday, 03 Oct 2009 12:00:00 AM

Last call for LUSKG Summer Gasshuku 2009

The website for the London Universities Shorinji Kempo Group summer gasshuku has been finalised. Click here for more details. There are still places available for what promises to be a superb weekend of training, so please contact your branchmaster or the seminar organisers if you would like to make a booking.

Date posted: Friday, 07 Aug 2009 12:00:00 AM

New venue for Cambridge branch

Cambridge branch is on the move. Our current venue at Our Lady and the English Martyrs is being renovated, and work will not finish until after Christmas. Our new venue is
Arbury Community Centre
The Centre
Campkin Road
Cambridge
CB4 2LD

Training will be on Mondays from 7pm to 9pm starting next week, 27th July. There will be a Thursday session, running from 7.15pm to 9.15pm starting from August 20th.

Date posted: Tuesday, 21 Jul 2009 12:00:00 AM

Harrow summer training venue

Please note that Harrow branch will be training at Brunel University for the summer holidays. We have been able to book there for a limited time, until the 10th september and will be training from 7pm to 9pm on Thursdays. See the Harrow branch website for more information. There is a map here. Look for the blue zone E on the campus map. Parking can be anywhere in the campus (enter at the Kingston lane entrance) car parks, after 6pm there are no parking restrictions. Changing room and showers are available. All kenshi are welcome. There will be a £5 training fee per session, reduced to £2.50 for any full time students.

All teaching will be done by Steve Williams 4th Dan Seikenshi, assisted by Michelle Williams 3rd Dan Chukenshi and Graham Cooper 3rd Dan Chukenshi. The training will be slightly more infomal than usual, with emphasis on technical training. If anyone has a grading forthcoming or just wants a little extra summer training then you will be most welcome.

Date posted: Sunday, 19 Jul 2009 12:00:00 AM

BSKF vote on constitution

Contrary to reports on facebook, the BSKF has not split up.

Following the EGM in April, there are two proposals tabled for the future of the BSKF. Every member of the BSKF is entitled to a (private) vote in the ballot. The forms and supporting documents have been circulated to all branchmasters. If you have any trouble obtaining the four documents, please contact any BSKF committee member: David Spilling, Sean Dixie, Jeremy Peakin or Mitsuko Matsumoto. Alternatively, contact the BSKF web team, and we can put you in touch with a committee member directly.

Date posted: Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 12:00:00 AM

Website for LUSKG August seminar

London Universities Shorinji Kempo Group have created a website for making bookings for the seminar in August. Thanks to the hard work of Imperial kenshi, most of the arrangements are now in place.

There is a page for contacting the organsisers. Please use this for any enquiries about the event. Branches can make bookings online, if their branchmaster or captain have requested an account. If your branch is not making a block booking, please contact the organisers through the homepage, with your name, branch, kenshi number, homestay and dietary requirements.

There is also a news page, which has an RSS feed, and which will have all the information leading up to the event. Please subscribe to this page to keep abreast of developments. You can also bookmark the page and have your smart phone guide you to the venues over the weekend.

The site isn't complete yet, but please would you start making bookings. You can make provisional bookings and confirm them later. The cost for the whole weekend is going to be £50 per kenshi, which represents exceptional value for money. Part of keeping the cost down is through providing homestays. If you are in London please encourage your kenshi to offer a place or two.

Date posted: Wednesday, 08 Jul 2009 12:00:00 AM

Training times changed for London seminar on June 14th.

Due to booking problems at Charteris, the time for the seminar on June 14th has been brought forward to 11am-2pm. Jee sensei has issued a draft programme, as follows:

  • 11am-12 noon: chinkon, taiso and sotai kihon, all grades together.
  • 12.00-1pm: kyu kenshi, tan'en kihon hokei, gentei randori, juho and goho. Shodan and nidan, tanto randori, and multiple attackers randori. Sandan, yondan, as above, but including self-defence against other weapons.
  • 1pm-2pm: break into syllabus training.

This is just a guide. If anyone would like anything in particular to be covered, please let Jee sensei know.

Date posted: Monday, 01 Jun 2009 12:00:00 AM

All Grade Seminar and Black Belt Course, London, June 14th 2009

Originally this was just going to be a black belt course, but we have decided to open it up to all grades, as this will be the the last opportunity to avail ourselves of Jee sensei's services before he flies to Malaysia for his summer vacation. All BSKF kenshi are invited to attend.

Venue: Charteris Sports Centre
24-30 Charteris Road
Kilburn
London
NW6 7ET
Times: 14:00 to 17::00

Cost: £5

Date posted: Saturday, 30 May 2009 12:00:00 AM

BSKF has seven new sandan kenshi.

There were over 50 candidates for the grading at Charteris on May 9th. Congratulations to all those who passed. After a three hour examination, the BSKF now has seven new sandan kenshi:

  • James Wharton (branchmaster, Tunbridge Wells)
  • Mandy Wharton (Tunbridge Wells)
  • James Hales (branchmaster, University College London)
  • Martin Dixon (branchmaster, SOAS)
  • Alan Johnson (branchmaster, Ashfolds School)
  • Christopher Dodds (City University)
  • Howard Thomas (Oxford University)

Date posted: Thursday, 21 May 2009 12:00:00 AM

Angel shibu to start extra weekly class

Robert Villiers and Blue Popovic are pleased to announce that the Angel children's branch will have an extra weekly class from this week onwards. The new time is Thursday from 4pm-5pm, and the venue is Virgin Active, the same as the existing Saturday class.

Date posted: Tuesday, 19 May 2009 12:00:00 AM

Grading details for Saturday.

Times and venue for the London Grading on 16th May 2009.

Venue: Charteris Sports Centre
24-30 Charteris Road
Kilburn
London
NW6 7ET
Times: 14:00 to 17::00

Location on google maps

The Jubilee line is closed over the weekend, so the nearest tube is Queen's Park on the Bakerloo line.

Please make sure that all grading participants are ready to start promptly at 2pm. It is a large grading and space can be limited in the changing areas, so please make sure that you don't block the place up too much..

Date posted: Wednesday, 13 May 2009 12:00:00 AM

Training seminar, London, August 15th and 16th

This is advance notice of a weekend training seminar, hosted by Imperial, in central London this August.

The dates are confimed, but the final timetable is not yet.
Dates August 15th and 16th 2009
Venue (TBC): Imperial College sports centre, Paddington, London.

All kenshi are welcome. There will be senior instruction and a grading examination.

We will try to offer homestays to all kenshi from outside London. The final cost will depend upon the numbers attending, but we will aim for a maximum of £60 per kenshi.

Please could you publicise the event among your kenshi, and give either David Dunn or Sean Dixie a ballpark estimate of numbers, including potential graders, as soon as possible?

Date posted: Saturday, 09 May 2009 12:00:00 AM

South Coast Summer Camp August 14th-16th

We're trying to inform everyone early about this training seminar.

It will be open to all members of WSKO that want to attend.

It will be modular in design in that people can chose and design the package that they can afford to attend, maximum cost for full attendance with all options, all training sessions, accommodation, food, drink, entertainment, t-shirts etc. should be about £120 as an absolute maximum.

We are already expecting senior instructors from Finland and the German federations.

There will also be the option of a certificated course in basic first aid for club instructors and assistants who wish or need it.

We are organising crche facilities etc as an option for family groups and kenshi can book whatever parts suit them.

On the Saturday afternoon there will be a film show of Shorinji Kempo DVD's and clips.

The grading will be on Saturday afternoon with results announced on Saturday evening to ensure that graders get a crammer prior to the ordeal and a glimpse of their techniques (if they pass) after.

There will be hot buffet and disco on the Saturday night to help kenshi celebrate or commiserate.

I will be sending out attendance packs to all BSKF and associated WSKO clubs by e-mail with detailed schedules and prices by 24th May 2009.

There will be a non-refundable deposit prior to attendance designed to ensure that Southampton University does not lose money by hosting this event.

If you have any suggestions as to how we can make this event better please let us know we're kind of on a virgin flight into the unknown at the moment.

Anyone from anywhere is welcome, please attend if possible.

Gassho

For further information please contact Adrian Starr

Date posted: Monday, 04 May 2009 12:00:00 AM

Shorinji Kempo Training Camp Summer 2009

This is designed to give you notice of the dates so you can book them off.
It will be a very different event in that it is designed to be child and familly friendly, we will try to organise child care and creche facilities from amongst familly members of kenshi attending.
All social events will be family members inclusive (if they wish) to minimize the strain within the families attending.
As such it will be far less formal and far more social than in previous years.
There will be various packages which will include single day/session attendance fees, residential and none residential etc.
Costs will be kep to an absolute minimum with a financial report issued to all attendees showing the exact breakdown of costs and fees including the payment for senior instructors.
We will be opening the event to all members of WSKO and anticipate members from Sweden, Finland, Germany etc.
I hope to see you there.
Adrian Starr

Start Time: 14 August 2009 at 14:00
End Time: 16 August 2009 at 16:00
Location: Southampton University (probably)
Street: University Road
Town/City: Southampton, United Kingdom

Date posted: Friday, 10 Apr 2009 12:00:00 AM

Fourth London University Shorinji Kempo Group seminar

The fourth London University Shorinji Kempo Group will be held at Sadlers Sports centre on Saturday 21st March 2009. All kenshi are welcome to attend. Please contact Adrian Simpson directly, or via the BSKF contact page.

Date posted: Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 12:00:00 AM

Harrow branch to abseil from Twickenham stadium.

For Kaiso Day, the anniversary of the founder of Shorinji Kempo's passing, are doing a sponsored abseil from the roof of Twickenham stadium. The money will go to The Stroke Association. Visit here to make your donation. We look forward to the photos.

Date posted: Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 12:00:00 AM

New event - London Universities training seminar on 17 Jan 2009 - added to the calendar

Regular training seminar for the LUSKG branches, but everyone is welcome to join in. Contact Adrian Simpson for further details.

Date posted: Tuesday, 06 Jan 2009 12:00:00 AM

New event - Four Clubs Meet on 10 Jan 2009 - added to the calendar

Regular training session with Southampton University, Winchester, Sway and New Milton branches. For details please contact Adrian Foster-Starr.

Date posted: Tuesday, 06 Jan 2009 12:00:00 AM

New event - BSKF Grading on 07 Feb 2009 - added to the calendar

Further details will follow.

Date posted: Tuesday, 06 Jan 2009 12:00:00 AM

New event - BSKF Grading on 07 Feb 2009 - added to the calendar

Further details will follow

Date posted: Tuesday, 06 Jan 2009 12:00:00 AM

Reminder - London University Shorinji Kempo Group seminar this Saturday

The second London University Shorinji Kempo Group will be held at Sadlers Sports centre on Saturday 22nd November. It is aimed at London University kenshi in particular, but all kenshi are welcome to attend. Bristol University will be attending this Saturday, and there may be surprise in store for those that make it. Please contact Adrian Simpson directly, or via the BSKF contact page.

Date posted: Thursday, 20 Nov 2008 12:00:00 AM

New article by Luke Andruszewski of Southampton branch

Luke Andruszewski, of Southampton branch, is starting to co-ordinate a visit to Spring Camp at Hombu in 2009. In this article he explains how to get on the trip.
Read article

Date posted: Wednesday, 12 Nov 2008 12:00:00 AM

Sponsor kenshi for Children In Need

Further to the news item of October 30th, Southampton University are hosting a Children In Need charity event this Saturday. If you are unable to make it, the attendees will be undertaking keri, tsuki or ukemi. Each kenshi has to total 1000. If you are unable to make the event please sponsor the participants.

Date posted: Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 12:00:00 AM

New article by David Dunn of Cambridge branch

A few kenshi from Cambridge gatecrashed the first of the London University Group's seminars and recommends that everyone else does so too.
Read article

Date posted: Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 12:00:00 AM

Children in need Shorinji Kempo charity event

Adrian Foster-Starr (Branchmaster, Southampton University branch) invites all kenshi to a "Children In Need" charity event.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 15 from 10:00am - 1:00pm. In the spirit of "Live half for yourself and half for others" it is a fundraising event, hosted by the Southampton University Borg Hive at Arnewood School Gym. For further information contact Sensei Ade directly, via the facebook group, or via the BSKF web team.

Date posted: Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 12:00:00 AM

BSKF website prepares to go Web 2.0

A minor upgrade to the BSKF website has been released. BSKF members are invited to join and start to use the members only resources. There is not much in the way of new content at present but we have established the web infrastructure for a much more interactive and hopefully useful experience for kenshi. In addition we have put some basic administration tools in place for branches to keep their contact details up to date.

Note the RSS feed button which now appears on the banner. This enables you to subscribe to an RSS version of this page with your favourite RSS reader. This page will become much noisier than it has been over recent weeks and will keep you up to date with BSKF news events and updates to the content of this site.

Also note the Contact BSKF link on the banner. Please use this page to contact the web team with any news event details requests for content bug reports feature requests or anything else. The future success of our web resources depend on you making use of them and pushing us to make improvements.

We are aiming to make a new features release every 2-4 weeks depending on how much time our volunteers have on their hands. The full release notes for release 0.1 will be sent to branchmasters but will also be made available in the members area in due course.

Date posted: Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 12:00:00 AM

Junior kenshi PICNIC & training session

Saturday 13 September
12 noon onwards
Regents Park (Final exact location to be announced early September & communicated to all interested). For Further queries please contact Blue Popovic (MayFair branch)

Bskf juniors, Friends and Families welcome!! Originally meant for Angel dojo, it is now hoped to be an-. all- kenshi event!

Date posted: Friday, 25 Jul 2008 12:00:00 AM

South Coast Grading cancelled

Sensei Russell and Sensei Peter have decided to cancel the South Coast grading scheduled for 1st August 2008. It was felt to be too near Summer Camp and to encourage more attendance at camp those hoping to grade on the 1st should attend Summer Camp and grade there.

Date posted: Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 12:00:00 AM

Congratulations to BSKF Members

The BSKF would like to congratulate the following on their recent grading results.

5th Dan, Cailey Barker, City University Branch, U.K.
Seikenshi 4th Dan, Adrian Foster-Starr, Southampton University Branch, U.K.
Seikenshi 4th Dan, Adrian Simpson, City University Branch, U.K.
Seikenshi 4th Dan, David Dunn, Mayfair Branch, U.K.
Seikenshi 4th Dan, Jeremy Peakin, Mayfair Branch, U.K.
Seikenshi 4th Dan, Paul Barnes, Peterborough Branch, U.K.
Seikenshi 4th Dan, Sean Dixie, Imperial College Branch, U.K.

Well done to everyone involved

Date posted: Tuesday, 01 Apr 2008 12:00:00 AM

Change of Details for South Coast Semiar

Please note that it has been decided to postpone the South coast Seminar scheduled for the last Sunday in March, the 30th. at Southampton. I will make details available as soon as we have rescheduled.

Date posted: Friday, 21 Mar 2008 12:00:00 AM

UPCOMING BSKF TAIKAI 16 Mar 2008

In preparation for the upcoming BSKF Taikai The following information will be very useful

It's from 10am to 4pm, but kenshi are kindly requested to arrive between 9 and 9:30am so that they can
a)help set up
b) Change before hand so that we can start ON TIME

Though it is free for all kenshi, lunch is not provided, so bring sandwich and water.

Taikai address:
City University Sadler Sports Centre
Address
122-130 Goswell Rd
London
GREATER LONDON
EC1V 7EJ

Taikai Map

Date posted: Sunday, 16 Mar 2008 12:00:00 AM

Venue for Black Belt Course

Please note we have managed to secure a new venue for London events. This applies to all gradings, black belt courses and seminars, so please inform your kenshi. This will be:

Charteris Sports Centre
24 - 30 Charteris Road
Kilburn
London
NW6 7ET
Telephone 020 7625 6451
Limited parking is available on nearby streets. Follow the link for full details:
Sports Centre Information

Date posted: Sunday, 27 Jan 2008 12:00:00 AM

Grading on South Coast Date Changed

Please note that the grading scheduled for 1 Feb 2008 on the South Coast will now be held two weeks later n the 15th. Speak to your Sensei if you have any questions.

Date posted: Monday, 14 Jan 2008 12:00:00 AM

2008 Hombu Summer Camp

This is a reminder that the deadline for applications is 15th January ( ie received at Hombu by 15th January). The application has to be made through the federation, so please let Jeremy Peakin have copies of the forms in good time to send on to Hombu.

The BSKF is proposing to attend week E of the camp (25th to 28th March inclusive), and, depending on the level of interest, will organise a group flight to arrive the weekend before the 25th, returning 2 weeks later (around the 5th or 6th April).

In order to gauge the demand for a group flight, including an idea of preferred arrival and departure dates, could you please give Jeremy Peakin an idea of numbers of your members who would like to attend. Even if you wish to make your own travel arrangements, it would be helpful to know how many people will be attending the camp.

Date posted: Saturday, 22 Dec 2007 12:00:00 AM

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