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Home Here are some of the questions we are frequently asked by people starting or interested in Shorinji Kempo.  Please feel free to contact us if you have a query that is not addressed here.
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FAQ - Do I need to be fit before I start?
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Am I too old to start Shorinji Kempo?
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Am I too young to start Shorinji Kempo?
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What equipment do I need?
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Do you run beginner’s classes?
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How much does it cost?
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What do I need to do before I start?
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Is it dangerous?
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Do many girls do Shorinji Kempo?
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How can I get more information?

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Do I need to be fit before I start?
There is no ‘minimum’ fitness requirement for you to start Shorinji Kempo.

If you have any chronic medical conditions or long term or serious injuries (heart condition, back or joint injuries, for example) then a doctor’s note may be required. You should discuss your condition with the instructor BEFORE you start training.

If you are unsure about your fitness you should consult your doctor (this applies to any programme of exercise you are thinking of starting).

Your fitness level will develop as you train.
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Am I too old to start Shorinji Kempo?
The oldest person I have seen start Shorinji Kempo was 57. He made it to black belt, despite hearing difficulties (two hearing aids) and lack of fitness/flexibility. There are many older instructors in Japan who still manage to get by very well!

Performance is judged on your own ability, not by comparison with others, therefore age is not a barrier to your progress.
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Am I too young to start Shorinji Kempo?
If you're reading this then you're probably old enough! If you are a parent or carer, the MINIMUM age for children to start Shorinji Kempo is 5, although some children will benefit by waiting until they are least 6 or 7 before starting.

There are three membership categories, based on age. Child, from 5 - 11, Junior, from 12 - 15, and Adult, 16+. Due to similarities/differences in the the syllabus Children and Juniors can practise in the same class and Juniors can practise in adult classes.  Adults and children are NOT usually taught in the same class.

Participation in classes, especially for children, is at the discretion of the instructor/Branch Master.
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What equipment do I need to get started?
Just loose trousers (jogging bottoms) & t-shirt, to get started.

After a while you will need a white training suit (dogi), which will cost about £20 or so. the instructor/Branch Master should be able to help you with this. There are things like badges for the suit – see the costs section.
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Do you run classes for beginners?
We do not run special classes specifically for beginners.  Basics are covered in every class and, after an initial introductory session, most beginners will be accommodated within a normal class.

Training is ongoing and you will be welcome at any time. The class at Peterborough is relatively new, so the numbers of beginners may be higher than in other branches.  You will be part of a small class, which means that you may get more attention from the instructor than you normally would in a larger class.
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How much does it cost?
Before you start your first class you will need to pay a £10.00 initial fee, to cover provisional membership and insurance.  This temporary membership is valid for one month and includes insurance.  This temporary membership fee is redeemable against the first year's full adult membership fee of £30.00.  Annual re-registration (in April) then costs £25.00.

Ozaki Black Label Dogi

The training fee is around £4.00-5.00 per session, which is normally paid monthly, in advance.

Other costs are:

Dogi (white training suit) around £20.00-£25.00
Adult gradings cost from £12.00, upwards, depending on the grading being taken.  Gradings are held every 3 months and the interval between gradings will usually be 3 or 6 months, again depending on the grading being taken.  Childrens’ gradings start at £5.00

Various videos, DVDs and technique books are available - prices of these items vary with exchange rates but are typically between £12.50 (VHS video) and around £25.00 (technique books).  You will not need these initially, but they may be useful as you progress through your gradings.

Fees for special seminars, training camps and other events are levied on a per-event basis.

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What do I need to do before I start?
As a matter of courtesy please contact the instructor, Sensei Paul Barnes, before you come along to the class. Please feel free to call me on 01733 24 64 75 or email if you have any further queries or need directions.

If you are attending your first training session then please arrive a few minutes early, as you will need to fill in the provisional membership form.
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Is it dangerous?
Shorinji Kempo practice is generally very safe, providing you listen to and follow the instructions given by the Branch Master/Instructor and be aware of your own limitations.

All practice is non-contact or light contact.  you may see senior grades practising with a body protector (Do) which allows full contact techniques to be practised without injury.

As with any physical activity there is a risk of injury - Shorinji Kempo practice aims to minimise the risk of injury whilst still maintaining a 'realistic' approach to learning the techniques. It is important that you train under the supervision of a recognised and qualified instructor, that you ensure that your insurance is kept up to date and check that your instructor is also adequately insured.

We usually see worse injuries from activities such as five-a-side football than we do from normal Shorinji Kempo practice!

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions you should check with the instructor or take medical advice BEFORE you start training.

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Do many girls do Shorinji Kempo?
"If there were more girls doing Shorinji Kempo then there would be more girls doing Shorinji Kempo". Although the martial arts can be very male dominated there are many Shorinji Kempo clubs with a high proportion of women. There is no reason why women cannot become very accomplished at Shorinji Kempo.  The use of scientific principles and weak points on the body make Shorinji Kempo a very effective method of self-defence for men, women and children of different abilities.
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Further information
Please feel free to email if you need directions or have any further queries about the Shorinji Kempo classes in Peterborough. You can also use the
contact page to contact us with your query.

Links to sites with more information on Shorinji Kempo can be found on the
links page.
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