Shorinji Kempo Day

23 August 2015
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Chennai , 22nd August: World Shorinji Kempo Organization celebrated their first ever Shorinji Kempo Day in India with Mr. Senthamarai Kannan, Addl. Superintendent of Prisons, Central Prison- Trichy, as the Chief Guest


Chennai , 22nd August: World Shorinji Kempo Organization celebrated their first ever Shorinji Kempo Day in India with Mr. Senthamarai Kannan, Addl. Superintendent of Prisons, Central Prison- Trichy, as the Chief Guest, who is  also a member of Shorinji Kempo. The other Guests of Honour were Mr. Samir Kumar Sharma [first generation of student under Sensei Kirtie and also the teacher of Sensei Maxwell and Mr. Niranjan Arcot, also a student of Sensei Kirtie.  Sensei Maxwell Jude Anthony is currently the Country Head of Shorinji Kempo Organization in India and he has been practising this form of martial arts for the last 25 years here in India.


Following a brief welcome address, a 30-minute  documentary by BBC on the journey of Shorinji Kempo in Japan was screened. A LIVE demonstration of the techniques of Shorinji Kempo was showcased by small girl children dealing with adult men, emphasizing on the aspect of self-defence.




Shorinji Kempo techniques incorporate therapeutic features too and realizing this, Shorinji Kempo organization has trained several visually-challenged people in Acupressure and Reflex Therapy. Such trained people have been recruited by top salons and spas for reflexology treatment for their customers. Reflexology is recognized as a professional alternative medical sciencey involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques, without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.


“Shidosha Award”  is being instituted for the first time in the world and Kongo Zen Shorinji Kempo India takes pride in instituting this award, hoping it will spur interests and promote this rather exciting form of martial art in India. On this historic occasion, Shidosha Award were conferred as below :

  1.  Sensei Kirtie Kumar Futnani was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award for establishing ‘Kongo Zen Shorinji Kempo’ in India.
  2. The family of Mr Mahendhran M, his spouse Ms Vijaya Sridevi, son Mr Abinash Barath were conferred the Award for the ‘Best Supporting Family’.
  3.  Messers  C.V.Ramakrishanan, Arul Selvam, Ashok       Raju were awarded for establishing the Kutastha Public Charitable Trust.
  4.  Awards were also conferred on Sensei Anthony Fredrick Frank, Sensei Srinivasagopalan Narasimhan and Sensei Vijay for their contribution to Shorinji Kempo and for being rated as the Best Teachers of this form of martial art.  


About Shorinji Kempo


Shorinji Kempo traces its origin to India through China nearly 2500 years ago.  The founder, Doshin So who is the 21st successor of Northern Shaolin Temple, Hunan Province, China, has confirmed the same.


Shorinji Kempo in Japanese means the Fist Way of Shaolin Temple.


World Shorinji Kempo Organization [WSKO] opened its branch in India in the year 1987 by WSKO trained Sensei Kirtie Kumar Futnani. Ever since, Sensei Maxwell Jude has been promoting it and has steadily grown from a one-man show into an established organization in India. It did take 28 long years for Shorinji Kempo to emerge into its present status of repute.


As an educational system, Shorinji Kempo in India is known for its effective courses in Shiatsu and Reflexology.  In 2013, The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, approved the Reflexology Course, designed by Shorinji Kempo India and this curriculum is now a vocational training course at the National Institute for Visually Handicapped [NIVH]. It is noteworthy to mention that the Reflexology Course is also printed in Braille and made available by the NIVH.  It is the first Braille book on Reflexology in the World.



In accordance with the teachings of its Founder Kaiso Doshin So, the combat art of Shorinji Kempo is strictly taught as a Bu-do [Non-violent method of Self Reliance].  This has gained the admiration of martial art organizations all over India.  The science of Kyusho-jitsu [Varma adi murai] remains the main attraction of Shorinji Kempo in India as taught by Sensei Maxwell Jude who is an expert exponent in this science.




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