BSKF traces its origin back to 1974, when Tameo Mizuno brought the martial art of Shorinji Kempo to London. The oldest branch is what is the present day City University Branch. In 1975 he opened a further branch in Finchley Road. At around the same time, Toshiaki Yoshida and Benny Wang opened branches in Bournemouth and Glasgow. These early branches formed the British Shorinji Kempo Association (BSKA) in 1976. The BSKA was accepted into the now defunct Martial Arts Commission (MAC) in 1977. The BSKA became the British Shorinji Kempo Federation (BSKF) when the MAC disbanded in 1989.
Mizuno sensei's efforts to promote the aims and objectives of the martial art of Shorinji Kempo in the UK were rewarded by the then Japanese Ambassador to the UK, Sadayuki Hayashi. On November 16, 2000 Mizuno sensei was awarded a "Year 2000 Ambassador's Commendation" at the Japanese Embassy. The award was made in recognition of his achievements through many years of effort toward Japanese-British friendship. Mizuno sensei was one of eight people honoured at the event, but the BSKF was the only martial arts organisation recognised.
Whilst attending BSKF 25th anniversary celebrations in July 1999, the Ambassador said, "It would seem that people from most fields could benefit from the important lessons of mutual co-operation enshrined as fundamental principles of Shorinji Kempo."
In 2010, BSKF severed relations with the World Shorinji Kempo organisation. Details of the reason can be found here.