The traditional BBC TV collection, Method of the Warrior’s episode on Shorinji Kempo simply appeared on-line, and it nonetheless holds up as we speak.
The BBC appear to have full entry to the fashion to movie this, which on the time they are saying had one million followers and was floating on that ‘cult’ borderline, and it’s an interesting glimpse into the previous. Shōrin-ji kempō means one thing like Shaolin Temple Fist Method, and was established in 1947 by Doshin So after his time as a spy in China, the place he supposedly skilled on the Shaolin Temple. I feel, because the documentary makes out, that his major type of coaching on the Shaolin Temple consisted of wanting on the well-known portray (which isn’t that outdated in any respect) of Chinese language and Indian monks combating. Like all Kempo kinds his artwork might be an eclectic mixture of all kinds of various martial arts he skilled in. Nonetheless, he seems to have used that portray because the inspiration for his entire martial artwork! The Shaolin origins made a terrific backstory, anyway.
Whereas this is just one kind of Kempo from Japan, you’ll be able to see loads of the weather we talked about in our Heretics Podcast, Historical past of Kempo and Jiujitsu episodes, that appear to be recurring themes:
- The mixing of marital arts and faith (on this case Buddhism)
- Far proper political opinions
- A way of freedom in the place you get strategies from (take in what is helpful)
- Serving to battle crime as a form of unofficial police pressure
- A number of sparring!
What can be attention-grabbing is that the movie reveals the widespread use of the unique Shorinji Kempo emblem – the Swastica – that they changed for all branches in 2005 with the so-en (double circle).
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