Quote: My teacher keeps saying about shorinji kenpo but I dont get what it actually is. Is it similar to chinese kenpo?
No. Shorinji Kempo is unique. The founder was a Japanese who studied in China for many years, but the codification, classification, methodology and syllabus are all his own. Try here for some more background. BTW, it's Shorinji Kempo, with an "m".
I only do Shorinji Kempo for kicks.