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!



October 13, 2023

Special Dan Grading

Tony with Kawashima sensei

We are delighted to announce that Tony Tan, Assistant Instructor at Toronto Branch, passed his examination for Seikenshi 4th Dan at Shorinji Kempo Hombu in Tadotsu, Japan on 13 October 2023.

Well done Tony!

The grading was held during the 2023 WSKO Official Seminar. Tony had the opportunity to receive three days of training with the top Hombu instructors and spend time with friends from all over the world. 

With Inoue sensei - star of "Kuro Obi World"


June 24, 2023

Manami - my experience at Toronto Branch

We were blessed to have another visitor from Japan come to train at our dojo.

Our guest was Manami N. a schoolteacher from Tokushima Prefecture, close to Shorinji Kempo Hombu.

Here are her thoughts:

" This was my first time to join training at a dojo outside of Japan. I imagined it would be totally different to the Japanese style, but surprisingly (unexpectedly) it was a cozy, peaceful and warm place like my home dojo. Great master, John sensei and the other all members welcomed me in a very friendly way. As for technical skills, manners, importance of caring people and building myself, etc., everything was exactly same, even the lessons by teacher.


I was also surprised to know that many Japanese terms are used abroad in training. Although it’s hard for me to catch up, the members helped me a lot. The most impressive things are that they very passionately work on Shorinji Kempo and John sensei treasures deeply his teacher who taught him in Japan many years ago even now. They inspired me and I really admire Toronto dojo.


It’s sad I could only join training there for a few times, yet I appreciated the moments I spent with them. 


Thank you very much, and I hope to see you again.

Manami N"



Manami - all of us at Toronto Branch look forward to seeing you again either at our dojo or in Japan.


Genki dene!