Shorinji Kempo in Sweden

Shorinji Kempo started in Sweden in 1970 (see more about the history here) when the first branch officially opened. During the mid 1980s a more structured cooperation among the branches started.

In 1991 a committee for Shorinji Kempo was formed within the Swedish Budo Federation’s karate section where the Shorinji Kempo branches, and a few other budo, was placed besides karate. About the same time discussions with hombu in Japan started about forming a national federation. On the 6th of November 1993 a meeting was held were it was decided to establish a Swedish Shorinji Kempo Federation, which above all handled the relations towards hombu. The Swedish Federation was officially registered as a member of the World Shorinji Kempo Organization on the 19th of July 1994. Since that time the Shorinji Kempo committee was formed it has actively worked to get an own section for Shorinji Kempo in the Swedish Budo Federation (the Budo Federation changed name to Budo & Martial Arts Federation on the 22nd of March 2003).

Group picture from the 30th anniversary of Shorinji Kempo in Sweden, September 2000.

Group picture from the 30th anniversary of Shorinji Kempo in Sweden, September 2000.

At the annual General meeting for the Budo & Martial Arts Federation in March 2008 the motion to form a Shorinji Kempo section in the Budo & Martial Arts Federation was approved. Formally the Shorinji Kempo section was established on the 19th of April the same year.

At the annual General meeting of the Budo & Martial Arts Federation on the 21st of March 2009 a bill was approved that suggested a change of organization of the Federation to instead of having different sections have separate arts sub-federations. With this change of organization the Shorinji Kempo section was dissolved after less than a year and instead the Swedish Shorinji Kempo Federation was affiliated as a sub-federation to the Budo & Martial Arts Federation. Because of this a lot of the double work that the former organization meant by having a Shorinji Kempo Federation outside of the Budo & Martial Arts Federation and also a Shorinji Kempo organization (for many years a committee and during the last year an own section) in SB&K.