Here at Camden Shorinji Kempo we pride ourselves on being the only completely female-led and openly LGBTQ+ Shorinji Kempo club in the UK.

This past year has been a big one for us!

Our students doing gassho rei at the annual Out For Sports party!

We’ve become members of Out For Sport – a grassroots organisation run by London’s sports clubs. Out For Sport represents London’s LGBTQ+ sports clubs and teams to increase participation in LGBTQ+ sport in and around London. As part of Out For Sport, we party (of course!) and meet regularly to work towards LGBTQ+ inclusion. 

We reached the big screens at Piccadilly Circus! Instead of marching at Pride, lockdown meant that we had to celebrate in unusual ways. We were thrilled to be chosen by Pride in London as one of the clubs to be featured at Piccadilly Circus and the BT Tower. We were so excited that we even went full TikTok to celebrate!

Camden Shorinji Kempo at Piccadilly Circus! The text reads: “Camden Kempo might fight – literally – for fun but we are also committed to always showing up for our wider LGBTQ+ community”

We were also featured by Pride Sports as part of their Pride month Q&A. It was amazing to share our thoughts about Kempo and the unique way we practice at Camden – Buffy-esque moves are never far away!

We have a packed social schedule for our members including Online Quizzes, Eurovision, Halloween and Pride Parties as well as attending the Eurogames.

Photo credit: Aled Moses