Shorinji Kenpo

Shorinji Kenpo is the Japanese martial art of self-defence, improving health, fitness, confidence and concentration. Shorinji Kenpo incorporates punching, kicking, blocking, grappling and throwing. It relies less on strength than it does on speed, technique and accuracy, utilising knowledge of 'nerve points', and an understanding of how the body can be manipulated to achieve maximum effect with minimal effort. The Southampton University club has been run since 1994 by our instructor Sensei Adrian Starr, 4th Dan and Head of the Shorinji Kenpo Organisation (SKO).

He has trained in the art since 1981. We attend weekend martial arts seminars, organise a variety of social events and even run a Summer camp at the end of August!.

About Shorinji Kenpo

We train in the Activities Room on Floor 2 of the SUSU building (42) from 9:00 -12:00 on Sunday mornings, and Wednesday evenings 17:30 - 20:30 at St Winifred's School on Winn Road, about 15 minutes walk from the University. We then go to the Crown Inn for food afterwards. Come check us out! No experience necessary, all new members welcome any time. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your friends. Our club is friendly and diverse and welcomes people from all walks of life regardless of age, gender, identity, beliefs, sexuality or ability. If you are interested, there are additional training sessions that run at venues outside the university. Please get in touch if you have any questions about the group! You can email any committee member or our instructor through our contact details. You can also message our Facebook page.

Costs: First session is always FREE / £3 a session, £40 per term, no gym membership necessary! FREE Session for every friend you bring!

Female-only self-defence course:

We are currently running free female-only self-defence sessions on Monday evenings 18:15 until 20:00 at St Winifred's School on Winn Road. The sessions are free and only a £30 annual insurance fee is required after attending a few sessions. It will temporarily be run by our male instructor, until one of our female instructors returns in December. As well as practical and effective self-defence, sessions will include conversations on the law, sexual consent, domestic abuse, rape and the support available for victims, guest speakers, yoga, pilates and strengthening exercises.

Membership Fee Information

These are the current membership fees offered by Shorinji Kenpo, although many clubs and societies offer a free period for new members to try out their activities.

NameCostValid PeriodDetailsJoin
Term Membership£4023/09/2018 - 30/06/2019This is per "school" term. From September to Christmas holidays, then Christmas to Easter, and Easter to the summer holidaysBuy Now
Membership paid in personFREE01/10/2018 - 30/09/2019After paying our membership fee in person please register here so are listed as a member on our SUSU page
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Female's self defense courseFREE30/09/2018 - 30/09/2019Effective self defence for females only, currently taught by a male instructor but after Christmas will be taught by a female instructor .
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The Committee

All clubs and societies within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Shorinji Kenpo this year are:

  • Anurag Sahare
    Media Officer
  • Arnoldas Svedas
    Media Officer
  • Hayley Pheby
  • Owen Howe
  • Connor Weaving
  • Anne-Louise Gale-Burnett
    Well-Being Officer