Just in case you don't know, I started aikido last week. I think it is fascinateing and unlike many other martial arts.
However, I heard about Shorinji Kempo and found info on the internet about it. Apparently, it has the throws, locks and many techniques like aikido and does concentrate a lot on defending rather than attacking. Its philosophy seems v.similiar & appealing like aikido.
However, it also has punches and kicks that are different and more effective than say karate - it uses pressure points. This makes me consider takeing up Kempo as opposed to aikido, there is a dojo near me.
I am not sure what to do. I would be grateful for some input, perhaps people whom have tried kempo and aikido or just anyone who has an opinion on which they think is better.
I've had the pleasure of training with a shorinji kempo instructor in a couple of seminars at a judo dojo in town. The wrist locks and use of pressure points are quite similar to aikido. They also try to be fairly subtle in their production of kuzushi. There is a dark side though. Most, of their techniques result in serious damage to opponents. And they are very painful. The final goal is victory over an opponent. So, it will probably come down to your personal philosophy: Are you looking to be victorious over opponents? Or are you looking to be victorious over yourself?
Which to do?
This is a tough question for everyone. Personally, I'd love to have the time to practice ALL the arts, but father time will not permit such an endeavor. I would suggest that you not heavily weigh information that states "we only use this art for self defense" because they all claim that. Also consider this, there are many ways to hit, kick, parry, throw etc... The trick is to find an art you feel "fits" you. That is, one that makes you feel good about what you are learning. I don't believe anyone can honestly say one particular art is "better" than another. What does "better" mean to you? Better at what? I suggest you spend some time in each style, perhaps you'll want to practice both........
2 cents worth
Good luck in your quest,
Try them both and see which you like the best. I wouldn't go as far to say that the punches and kicks in Kempo are more effective than any other style of karate though. They are not, only different. As I said though, try both and see which suits you best.
Picking Your Training
Shorinji Kenpo has a deep philosphy and is great training. But you are happy with your Aikido so why worry. Find a teacher and an art an MAKE A COMMITMENT. Don't sit around and worry about whether there is a better art or a better teacher around the corner that you haven't found yet.
The first art you do will be the foundation of all lyour later training. Pick one that you can do for a long time and get good at it. Later you can do some sampling and have the knowledge to beneft from it. I can't tell you haow many people I get who come and and are green belts in everything. They have jumped around and dabbled here and there and the know nothing.
My advice is to find a teacher about whom you can say "I'd like to be like him (or her); that's the kind of person I want to model after." A great teacher of any art is better than a poor teacher of a great art.
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