Shorinji Kempo was founded by So Doshin in 1947 in the town of Tadotsu, Japan. There are now over 1.5 million registered members of the Shorinji Kempo Federation worldwide, and national chapters have been established over 40 countries.
The biggest difference between Shorinji Kempo and other martial arts is that the focus is not on competing to determine who is better or stronger or who the winners and losers are. It is used not to attack someone but to protect yourself and your loved ones. There are no contests in which the object is to defeat one’s opponent. There are competitions, but their purpose is to demonstrate the techniques one has learned and to have them evaluated by others.