The 6 Characteristics of Shorinji Kempo

Shorinji Kempo was established by Doshin So as a physical and mental discipline, a gyo, whose main purpose was to build character. As such, Shorinji Kempo has never been about trying to be the toughest fighter, or learning showy techniques to impress girls. Instead, it is focused on helping each student find within themselves the wisdom, the courage and the ability to become better individuals and worthwhile members of society.

The entire martial arts is based on 6 main principles, or what we call the 6 characteristics. These 6 principles basically sum up how the art should be practiced and hopefully, the kind of attitudes which each kenshi would develop as a result of practicing Shorinji Kempo:

Updated August 2021.