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 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 instructed since 1994 by 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 18:00 - 21:00 at St Winifred's School on Winn Road, normally meeting at Redbrick at 17:30 to walk down from the university. We then go to the Crown Inn or Stags for food and drinks afterwards. Come check us out! No experience necessary, all new members welcome any time. Our club is friendly, 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 feel free to contact our instructor or any committee member if you have any questions about our group!

For more information check out the organisation website and Instagram:

First session is always FREE
One time payment of £10 for lifetime WAMA membership, gives access to international seminars and world-class instructors
£20 a year for insurance
£40 per term, three terms a year (September - December, January - March, April - July) purchased through the Union Box Office or at SUSU reception (Building 42)
No Sport and Wellbeing membership necessary!
Come talk to us if you are worried about money, we will always try and work something out.

Membership Fee Information

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, paid memberships are not available to purchase until further notice

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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:

  • Ciara Burrows
  • PJ Wakefield
  • Rishika Gudlavalleti
    Treasurer/Social Events Coordinator
  • Zuzanna Skorniewska
    Well-Being Officer

Health & Safety

All clubs & societies are required to risk assess their activity to ensure it is carried out in a safe manner for members. Current risk assessments for Shorinji Kenpo are available to view below