Wanderer ni hao Just want to know if the so called USA Shaolin Temple is affiliated/related to the Shaolin Temple is mainland China? Or it is just another institution which" ëxploit" Shaolin name? Cheers.
Managed to find that SK posting in the FightingArts forum.
Thought I reproduce it here for all to read :-
Shorinji Kempo was founded by a man named Michiomi Nakano who was a member of the a japanese criminal organization (Black Dragon Society) which began acting in concert with the imperial government at that time. Nakano reputedly acted as an agent providing intelligence to Japanese authorities in manchuria. After the wall he claimed he was initiated in the the Giwamonken temple which he eventually became successor naming taking the budhist name "Doshin SO" and refering to his style as Shorinji kempo.His claims were hotly contested and In 1972 he was on the losing end of a law suit by a group of chinese living in japan and as a result the japanese court action agreed to refer to his style as "Nippon Shorinji Kempo". A little research will reveal to you that his "System" is in fact a creative Blend of Kango Zen , Shorinji Kenkokan Karate (Nakano trained under Masayoshi Hisataka for a while)and Hakko ryu Jujutsu (which he studied under Okuyama Ryuho)and both of these unique systems are clearly visable in the training of Nippon Shorinji Kempo....of course the truth is less glamorous then the wonderfull shaolin stories. So folks claim (although there is little to document this) that Doshin So's effort in creating the Shorinji kempo movement in Japan in 1947 (which was and is recognized as a religion in japan by the way)was an effect to contiue his secret society efforts in post war occupied Japan. I hope this helps.