The Camden club was founded in January 2019 by Kavita Kapoor (3rd Dan) and Ofelia Khan (1st Dan).
The club aims to focus on practical self-defence techniques but also draws on Kavita’s love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and adds in television inspired moves. We pride ourselves on being the only completely female-founded and openly LGBTQ+ Shorinji Kempo club.
The club is a Constituted Community Sports Club (CCSC) and is not-for-profit.
This club is part of British Shorinji Kempo Federation (BSKF)
Instructors and Club Founders
All our instructors volunteer their time.
Kavita (she/her) has been training in Shorinji Kempo since Jan 2004. She has gained a 3rd Dan (3rd level black belt). She has trained across the world (Japan, Canada, Ireland India and Spain) but her primary location of training has always been Imperial College Shorinji Kempo where she is an assistant instructor. She co-founded the Camden club and is our official Branch Master.
Ofelia (she/her) has been training since 2015. Her primary training club is SOAS Shorinji Kempo Society where is the registered instructor. She was awarded her black belt in 2019 after co-founded the Camden club. She is our official Assistant Branch Master.
Along side our club founders we have volunteers who support the running of the club.
Sneha Alexander (she/her) is our club treasurer. Dan Williams (he/him) runs our events including hosting our birthday and pride party. Aidan Deiter (he/him) volunteers as our MC. Helen Males (she/her) brings all the brilliant dressing up costumes and make up.