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Is it for me?

There is not one martial art that everyone will want to train in. If you are looking for competitive fighting then Kempo will not provide this, though it will teach good solid techniques to defend yourself and help you keep a clear head in an emergency. If you want to learn weapons techniques then there is not so much in this style.

 

Aside from this, there is also a list of things to recommend Shorinji Kempo that make it a very inclusive, and accessible style. Basically the message is it is very possible for anyone to come along, have fun, learn the techniques, get fitter, become more in themselves and make new friends along the way.

 

I'm not fit enough for martial arts...

 

The moderate level of exertion will not be too taxing if you don't feel very fit, and in time your fitness will improve.

 

I'm not very flexible...

 

If you do think you cannot kick above your head (without lying down) then that it is not a problem. However if you are fitter and go for it, you can still get much benefit

 

I've never done a martial art before...

 

If you have never trained before you will get lots of help to progress. Don't be shy to accept help, teaching someone else assists in your own understanding.

 

Everyone will be better than me...

 

It is not an issue if one person is better than another. Everyone is making progress and everyone can see that. Each person has things to work on and to perfect. If you never start then you learn nothing!

 

I got my green belt in karate about 3 years ago...

 

If you have trained in another martial art then still there is much to learn from Kempo and its techniques. It is a well developed style with a lot to gain from practising it.

 

I might get hurt...

 

We enjoy an excellent safety record at Bristol, as does every Kempo dojo.

 

What if I really enjoy it, practise regularly and get good at it...

 

Then good for you!