While Shorinji Kempo consists of many sets of techniques, the teachings primarily focus on demonstrating what is known as embu. In this, there are roughly six sections, with each consisting of goho (hard techniques involving strikes, chops, kicks, etc.) and juho (soft techniques involving throws, pins, dodges, etc). Training in goho and juho offers practitioners to control an attacker, regardless of size or strength. In this way, Shorinji Kempo serves to be rather practical for people of all ages, genders, and sizes.
Shorinji Kempo also teaches users about pressure points and seiho (Zen acutherapy). Not only is this information helpful in neutralizing enemies during self-defense, it also provides students a way to promote their health and prevent illnesses.
Working with another partner, the training involved usually requires the student to take on the role of both attacker and defender, switching back to back to get a feel of both sides. Unlike some other forms of martial arts, Shorinji Kempo’s sparring does not involve a competitive aspect in winning and/or losing.