June 26, 2024

Grading success!


We are happy to announce that Jonathan passed his examination for 2nd kyu rank on May 28th.

Congratulations Jonathan!


May 29, 2024

44th Annual Cornell Shorinji Kempo Camp

The attentive student

The 44th Anual Cornell Shorinji Kempo Camp was held in Trumansburg, New York over the Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27).

Rustic dojo

The Toronto Branch delegates were McCulloch sensei, Kevin and his son Josh.  It was the first time we had been back to Camp since the COVID pandemic and it was a wonderful feeling to return there.

Canada Squad!

The Camp was led by Sakuyama sensei of Ibaraki Takahagi Doin (Japan).  Sakuyama sensei was a direct student of Kaiso Doshin So at Hombu in the 1970s and is also well known for starring in the movie "Shaolin Temple" with Jet Li. However, what we appreciate Sakuyama sensei for is his incredible technique, warm spirit and ability to explain his technical and philosophical insights clearly and deeply - all of which makes him one of the best Shorinji Kempo teachers you could ever hope to study from.

With Oka sensei (Montreal Branch)

Sakuyama sensei focussed on basic elements and provided creative ways for us to study them. He always carefully tied the technical practice to our underlying philosophy.

Sakuyama sensei and the Legaults

The Camp afforded a long overdue reunion with many friends we hadn't seen for some time including Dolce sensei and Ziring sensei (Camp organizers and hosts), Hagata sensei, Oka sensei and his students (Montreal Branch), Tamaki sensei, Tondo sensei, Berlow sensei and Negishi sensei (Yokohama).

With Negishi sensei (Yokohama Negishi Doin)

We wish to thank Sakuyama sensei and the Camp organizers for providing such an amazing experience!

Happy Campers!



January 06, 2024

Visit from Hong Kong

We were delighted to welcome Jonathan Lai (2nd dan) from the WSKO Hong Kong Branch to our practice on Saturday.

Jonathan was visiting Toronto on family business and used the opportunity to join our practice.

Jonathan also travels to Japan several times a year to practice under a Hombu Instructor in Kagawa.

 We look forward to seeing Jonathan again!


January 03, 2024

Nanoka returns

Nanoka and Isabel study juho

We were delighted to see our former member Nanoka during her flying visit to Toronto.

Nanoka is a student based in Tokyo who had practised with us last winter and spring.

It was great to see her again!


January 01, 2024

Happy New Year


We wish you health, peace and happiness in the year ahead!


December 23, 2023

Closing Ceremony 2023

Every year we hold a Closing Ceremony on the final day of practice.

During this event we reflect on the achievements of the prior year, hold a longer Chinkon-Gyo including the recitation of Raihashi and Dokun, and have the members demonstrate their skills.

Here are some photos from our 2023 Closing Ceremony event.


December 05, 2023

Grading Success!


Max - the proud new black belt holder

We are delighted to announce that Toronto Branch member Max successfully passed his examination for the rank of Junkenshi 1st Dan on 17 October 2023.

Well done Max!