Shorinji Kempo

Shorinji kempo is the Japanese pronunciation of Shaolin ch'uan-fa, or Shaolin Kung Fu. According to tradition, Chinese monks visited Japan before it was closed off to foreigners in the 17th century and taught their Kung Fu art to the Buddhist monks. Today, the art, adapted to the Japanese way of life and philosophies, still thrives. Its symbol is a counterclockwise-pointing swastika (the reverse of the kind used by Nazi Germany), which in Buddhism signifies peace and unity.

In the HERO System, the Kung Fu style is used to represent Shorinji Kempo; a Kempo practitioner can buy any or all Kung Fu maneuvers and refer to them as Kempo. Purists will note that this is a gross oversimplification of the real-world relationship between Kempo and Kung Fu, but better to oversimplify it here than not present it anywhere at all.

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