April 30, 2023

Nanoka - my experience at Toronto Branch

We recently hosted Nanoka - a 2nd dan kenshi from Toyo University in Tokyo, Japan. Nanoka fearlessly threw herself into the training at our branch with great enthusiasm! We greatly enjoyed having her train at our dojo for the past months and wish her every success back in Japan.

Here is what Nanoka had to say... 


 "It was a great opportunity for me to join dojo in Toronto. Practicing Shorinji Kempo abroad was one my dreams since high school. 

Since I wanted to challenge myself with my experience and language skill, I joined the practice. Fortunately, Toronto Branch was very nice place to do it. Everyone was very kind and welcome to practice with me. I enjoyed practicing many techniques with them. I got very surprised that many kenshi in here already have high grade and long experience. Also, the things they pay attention to when we learn something was interesting. 



They always motivated me and make me realize my potential. Language and how we grew up are very different but l thought sharing common place and interest like this was amazing. 

I would like to continue Shorinji Kempo even after graduate or abroad for my mental and physical health. I appreciate all members here. Hope we can see and practice again!"



February 25, 2023

Yuya Ishida - my experience at Toronto Branch

One of the greatest things at Toronto Branch is that we get many visits from kenshi across the world.

Yuya Ishida, a university student from Tokyo, came to train with us during his international placement. We all greatly enjoyed having him join our group .

Yuya (front row, second from left) at his final class at Toronto Branch

Here are his thoughts about his time at Toronto Branch:

Presenting Yuya with a gift from the Toronto kenshi

"Experience in Toronto Branch for 5 months is unforgettable in my life. Before enrolled in this club, I was wondering if I could communicate with the members in English. However, my concern went away soon! Beginning with John Sensei, other members helped me understand how a technique works and added me into conversations. Thanks to that, practicing in the Dojo became enjoyable and full of fun.

What inspires me is that Shorinjikempo is more widely practiced around the world than I thought. There are few chances for me to practice Shorinjikempo with non-Japanese in Japan. According to Howa, I was surprised at how many Kenshi love Shorikempo. After arriving at Japan, my English skill and Toronto-Branch’s techniques will be helpful for those who want to learn Shorinkempo, no matter what nationality!

I appreciate everyone’s kindness! It relieves my anxiety and hesitation to jump into communication. See you at World Taikai!"
Ryaku juji gote
Yuya - we all look forward to seeing you again soon!


January 28, 2023

Grading success

We are pleased to report that Toronto Branch kenshi have been successful in recent examinations.

Stephen passed his 5th kyu examination on 22 November 2022.


Jonathan passed his 3rd kyu examination on 29 November 2022.




January 01, 2023

Happy New Year!

We wish you a Happy New Year! 

Here are some pictures from our 2022 Closing Ceremony (final practice of the year).