Our Club

Camden Shorinji Kempo was founded in January 2019 by Kavita Kapoor (3rd Dan) and Ofelia Khan (1st Dan).

At Camden Shorinji Kempo we pride ourselves on being the only completely female-founded, BAME-led and openly LGBTQ+ Shorinji Kempo club. We are not-for-profit; all our instructors and administrators volunteer their time. Camden Shorinji Kempo is part of British Shorinji Kempo Federation (BSKF) and is registered as a Constituted Community Sports Club (CCSC).

Instructors and Club Founders

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 around the world (Japan, Canada, Ireland India and Spain) but the primary location of her 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 a registered instructor. She was awarded her black belt in 2019 after co-founding the Camden club. In 2020 she became Diversity Representative for Out For Sport and is at the helm of their BLM campaign. Ofelia is our official Assistant Branch Master.

Club Committee

Sneha Alexander (she/her) is our club treasurer. Dan Williams (he/him) is our Club Captain and has previously run our events including hosting our birthday and pride party. Alex Ostendorf (she/her) is our Health and Safety Officer.

We are really grateful Aidan Deiter (he/him) volunteers as our MC. Helen Males (she/her) brings all the brilliant dressing-up costumes and make-up.

We also pay contractors to help us with copy editing, project management, first aid courses, video editing and photography. Contact us at camden@bskf.org if you can help.

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