On January 21st 1974, Tameo Mizuno arrived in London with the aim of establishing a Shorinji kempo branch there. In the previous couple of years he had created a dojo in his home town, Nagoya, Japan. He had decided however that he wanted to take the challenge to take Shorinji kempo somewhere new. He spent several weeks doing intensive training in Doshin So's headquarters in Tadotsu and made the journey to the UK. He established his first branches at the start of the 1974/5 academic year at two London higher education establishments, Polytechnic of Central London and City University. Here Mizuno sensei explains what he had to do during 1974 to get up and running.
In July 2014, the Cardiff branch hosted a weekend in the Brecon Beacons, consisting of training, walking and camping out together. They called it The Welsh Experiment
. Here, Stephen Stanway, the branch master at Cardiff, gives a brief report on the weekend.
Japan 2001 was a year of events to promote understanding of Japanese culture in the UK. The BSKF was invited to take part in the two day Matsuri: Japan in the Park
event in Hyde Park. We put on six demonstrations over the two days.
In the year 2000, Mizuno sensei was presented with a year 2000 Ambassador's Commendation.
In March 2007, Junhachi Yoshinaga sensei, the branchmaster of Akashi Kosen branch visited the UK with some of his kenshi. This is a brief report of a training session they participated in at Imperial College branch.
In 1992 Mizuno sensei, along with Yasue Kadowaki and Colin Haig went to Nairobi to support the Kenya Regional Study Session.
This is an article first published in the June 1997 edition of Gassho
, a report by George Hyde, then of Euston dojo, on the 1997 University Seminar in Glasgow.
This is a reprint of an article that first appeared in the October 1995 Edition of Gassho
A report of the BSKF visit to the Karlovy Vary branch in the Czech Republic.
A report on the 2011 BSKF Leaders Seminar.
A report on the 2012 BSKF University Training Seminar held at Chiswick, London.
A report on the BSKF's 2012 Summer Camp, held in Central London.
Reports by various attendee of the BSKF's 2012 Leaders Seminar.
A report on the 2012 Taikai.
A report on the special training session to celebrate Cardiff Branch's 700 class.
A report on the 2013 BSKF Summer Camp by Emma King of Imperial College Branch.
A report on the 2013 Leaders Seminar by Kat Thomson of Glasgow University Branch.
In May 2010, the Japanese Embassy sponsored a celebration of the centenary of the Japan-British Exhibition of 2010. The British Shorinji Kempo Federation were invited to put on a demonstration.
The 2007 University Training Seminar was slightly different to normal. There were lots of guests from Japanese University Shorinji kempo clubs
In 1991 the European Study Session was held in Bournemouth.
Here we republish an article on the 1996 UTS by David Dunn, then of Euston and SOAS branches. It first appeared in the May 1996 edition of Gassho
The 8th UTS was hosted by University College London branch. Here David Dunn, one of the organisers, recalls the event.
This article first appeared in the Autumn 1983 edition of Gassho
This article is based on a report by Richard Jarman in the Summer & Autumn edition of Gassho.
In 1996, Martial Aid was held to raise money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
The original article from the 30th Anniversary programme and a copy of the publicity material from the trip.
This article, by David Dunn, then of the University of West England branch in Bristol, was first published in the British Shorinji Kempo Federation's 30th Anniversary programme. Mizuno sensei was invited by the Japanese embassy in Uzbekistan to participate in the "Japanese Days of Culture". We were invited by Mr Hiroshi Takahashi of the Japanese Embassy staff, but who had previously founded the BSKF branch at Oxford University in the late 1970s.
The Second British Shorinji Kempo Convention was held in November 1976 in Bournemouth. It was covered by two UK martial arts magazines at the time. This article draws on those two sources.
There was no BSKF summer camp in 2005, since there was a large contingent of BSKF members going to the International Taikai in Japan in the October of that year. Instead there was a one-day summer seminar organised for 10th July. As it turned out, it was the very week of the terrible terrorist actions on London's public transport system on July 7th. Understandably, some BSKF members didn't want to travel to London, following the events that are now known as 7/7. London did what London always does in the face of such things. We carried right on with the seminar. Here we republish the report of the day's training, which first appeared in the August 2005 edition of Gassho
Here we reproduce the announcement that was made on the BSKF website for the 2003 Taikai. That year, we were all preparing to enter the European Taikai, so this event was a bit different, in that there was a seminar on making great embu before the actual taikai. Included with this announcement was a guide to making embu
, written by Cailey Barker and George Hyde. That guide is as useful as ever.
This is a reprint of an article by the late Russell Jenkins, first published on the BSKF website in 2002. It is advice for students who are coming up to a grading. It was a very popular article when it was first published, and we hope that it is once again.
A reprint of an article about the 1992 Summer Camp, first published in the February 1993 edition of Gassho
. This was the first year that the BSKF used the wonderful facilities at Sayer's Croft, Surrey.
A reprint of an article on the 1983 BSKA Convention that appeared in the Autumn 1983 edition of Gassho.
A reprint of an article that first appeared in the February 1993 edition of Gassho
A second Martial Aid was organised in 1988, also by the Japanese Martial Art Council.
Martial Aid was launched in 1987 for the Japanese martial arts groups in the UK to raise money for Save the Children.
A brief report on this year's University Training Seminar, by Stephen Trotter, 1st kyu and captain of the Glasgow branch.
This article first appeared on the BSKF website in June 2003. It was written by the then branchmaster of the University College London branch, George Hyde. It is unusual for a Shorinji kempo article, because it does not feature a topic directly out of the canon. However, it is very thought-provoking and discusses an attitude to training in which a counter-intuitive approach may yield better results.