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#232266 - 03/03/06 02:02 AM Re: Shorinji Kempo [Re: BrianS]
Kimpatsu Offline
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I did a google for "shorinji kempo forum" there are quite a few. you could go to those until this forum has completed setting up just the way you like it.



OK for them but not for thee?
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Show me how shorinji kempo is not karate? I think it's close enough. 1.5 million is not taht big compared to the world population. How about a goju forum? Shorin-Ryu? Each of the different kunf fu's? This could get big.



Easy. For starters, no style of karate has Juho waza. Nor does it have howa. Or Seiho. So, three of our four main planks are not represented by karate in any way, shape or form. Karate does not have embu. It does not have a monolithic organisation with the world's largest private HQ. No style of karate is united under a single banner with a single ethos or a unity of purpose. Our terminology is different, our raison d'etre is different, our approach is different, and most telling of all... if I go to the karate forum and ask any of the following questions, no one will be able to answer them:
What typifies ryouken waza?
What is the essence of Shorinji Kempo?
What is the meaning of bu and the essence of budo?
Personally, I don't know what the differences are between, for example, goju ryu and Shotokan, or any other faction or style within the rubric of karate. That is something for karateka to decide amongst themselves. No karateka is a Shorinji Kenshi, however, and vice versa.
Clear enough?
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#232267 - 03/03/06 02:38 AM Re: Shorinji Kempo [Re: Kimpatsu]
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Chill dog.
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no style of karate has Juho waza





juho waza are techniques where one learns defends against different type of grabs and throws and I can't think of any style of karate that does not have this.

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Nor does it have howa




howa is just a philosophy period. I look at karate as a philosophy. All karate has philosophy.


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So, three of our four main planks are not represented by karate in any way, shape or form




Apparently they are and you just don't know it.

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What typifies ryouken waza?





Translation for those of you who are not impressed with the display of complicated terminology.Eluding juho family technique.
Can't answer that one bra'!

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What is the essence of Shorinji Kempo?





I'm sure this could be answered in the karate forum since they are very similar.
How about "Creating a healthy body and mind."

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What is the meaning of bu and the essence of budo?





The martial way has been discussed and still can be if you want to expand your horizons and open your mind a wee bit.

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Personally, I don't know what the differences are between, for example, goju ryu and Shotokan, or any other faction or style within the rubric of karate. That is something for karateka to decide amongst themselves. No karateka is a Shorinji Kenshi, however, and vice versa.





You obviously and sadly don't know anything but Shorinji Kempo hence the posting in this forum and I still don't see where it merits it's own forum. The techniques are similar if not the same to most karate. Philosophy,bring it on homeskillet.

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Clear enough?




Yeah,clear as mud.
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#232268 - 03/03/06 11:35 PM Re: Shorinji Kempo [Re: Kimpatsu]
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...they can't claim a membership of 1.5 million,




With 1.5m members, you can start a new country, let alone an Internet Forum. Why not apply to the UN for membership?

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do you regard generic karate and Aikido as somehow more worthy than Shorinji Kempo?




Of course not. I regard the ButterflyPalm System far more worthy.

When I am in a better mood, I shall be pestering for a Forum on the "Comparative Worthiness of Martial Art Systems"

I am sure you will be a valued contributor.
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#232269 - 03/04/06 05:28 AM Re: Shorinji Kempo [Re: Kimpatsu]
eyrie Offline
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Kimpatsu (and everyone),

As the forum admin (MattJ) has indicated, this matter is under consideration and has been taken up with Mr Caile, the owner of FightingArts.com. As far as I am aware, the matter is still under consideration. As soon as Mr Caile makes a decision, we will advise you of the outcome.

Please refrain from making any further inflammatory remarks on this issue as it does not serve anyone, and is contrary to the ethics of Shorinji Kenshi (and the Martial Arts generally).

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

PS: Instead of being exclusive and divisive, perhaps it would better serve the FightingArts community, if everyone can help each other see the similarities in their respective arts, and learn to appreciate the differences.



Edited by eyrie (03/04/06 05:42 AM)

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#232270 - 03/04/06 09:08 AM Re: Shorinji Kempo [Re: Kimpatsu]
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Kimpatsu,

apologies for making a suggestion. While I know Aikido isn't remotely like SK I was just suggesting it as somewhere to put it. Maybe you'd prefer Judo, JJ?

It was only a suggestion.

As for the matter of SK on the Chinese page, well it wasn't me who put it there, it was someone from the Glasgow SK club who started a thread. Believe me, the Glasgow University Club is indeed SK. I have no idea why they wanted to put a Japanese style on a Chinese forum... it isn't my fault, please believe me... please forgive me...

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#232271 - 03/04/06 10:53 AM Re: Shorinji Kempo [Re: Kimpatsu]
harlan Offline
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Registered: 07/31/04
Posts: 6664
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I think that different forums have different feels...and attract different members.

For example, other forums that you post at have a more 'Japanese' feel, and I think appeal to the SK crowd more.

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#232272 - 03/04/06 07:26 PM Re: Shorinji Kempo [Re: trevek]
eyrie Offline
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Apart from the "feel" of a Japanese enthusiasts' forum, Shorinji's roots are a heck of a lot closer to Chinese MA. Surely the name Shorinji (ShaoLin) Kempo (quanfa) is a clear indication???? Or do I need to point people to the bskf and wsko websites????

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#232273 - 03/05/06 04:21 AM Re: Shorinji Kempo [Re: eyrie]
ButterflyPalm Offline
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Registered: 08/26/04
Posts: 2637
Loc: Malaysia
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Apart from the "feel" of a Japanese enthusiasts' forum, Shorinji's roots are a heck of a lot closer to Chinese MA. Surely the name Shorinji (ShaoLin) Kempo (quanfa) is a clear indication???? Or do I need to point people to the bskf and wsko websites????




SK has been so 'japanized' that it no longer wish to have or claim any 'root' connection to Shaolin Temple. Like BJJ ? If the argument is to be carried further and use only the name and or historicity of an art as the only guide, we should put karate itself on the Chinese MA Forum, for what was the original meaning of 'karate' ?


Edited by ButterflyPalm (03/05/06 04:26 AM)
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#232274 - 03/05/06 07:09 AM Re: Shorinji Kempo [Re: ButterflyPalm]
eyrie Offline
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Registered: 12/28/04
Posts: 3106
Loc: QLD, Australia
That may be true, and Shaolin may be the fountain head of most all East Asian martial arts, but that does not change the basic fact, irrespective of how much people choose to deny its existence.

This issue can be quite easily solved. Several forums already exist to cover the spectrum that is SK. Post your appropriate topic in whichever forum you feel closest meets the topic in question.

I don't think SK does anything so uniquely different that is not inherent in other arts. In fact, I know so. I have done some SK with Dr Andy Tan 4th dan, here at UQ St Lucia. A punch is a punch, a front kick is a front kick, a block is a block, a wrist lock is a wrist lock, Kongo Zen Buddhism is Zen Buddhism.

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#232275 - 03/06/06 09:33 AM Re: Shorinji Kempo [Re: BrianS]
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Brian....nice

about Shorinji kempo...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shorinji_Kempo
"It could be seen as a combination of Karate, Judo, Aikijujutsu built on a Kung Fu framework, except that this art has no killing moves because of its respect for life. It is a form of Kempo that tries to get its practitioners to move through life doing minimal damage whenever possible."

Whoever wrote that must be Kenshi who doesnt realize that ALL Kempo is for avoiding/ending conflict as soon as possible with the minimum amount of force to do so. similarly, all Karate has respect for life and all Martial systems have killing moves; in a fight for your life, one person might die. during that struggle, are you going to be worrying about only using non-lethal techniques to save your own life?
Shorinji Kempo is what happens when the philosphy is sounder than the reality. 'non-killing moves'...great philosophy...but not reality. IMO. bad guys aren't as equally co-operative in that philosophy. so...it's ok to kill when absolutely necessary, but you don't train how to: doesn't make sense. not teaching something is a guarentee the person won't be able to use it, so it's a self-fulfilling philosophy.

The interesting spin on Shorinji kempo is that it is neither sport nor self-defense. althought they have competitions, it isn't one vs. one with points or submissions. it's more a grading of the choreography of the match. the competitors are cooperating with each other to make the overall match look better. similar to what Karate does during demonstrations and exhibitions. it's about harmonizing, but reality is messy.

maybe create a forum called "Cooperative Arts" or "Mixed Martial Philosophy" ? I find it particularly interesting that a practioner of an Art that promotes peaceful resolution, is going around forums on the net stiring things up with this issue, when clearly the peaceful way would be to live and let live and start your own forum.
or here is another peaceful option: don't use the forums at all and just train.

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