Kyokushin Karate and Shodō

A parallel in training philosophies… Monday’s traditionally focus more on Kihon at Contact Kicks Dojo. Under the watchful eye of Sensei Steve Fogarasi, the class runs through drills. Lined up by kyu rank, everyone is attentively listening to the next command, with the resounding reply of OSU! From the class.

Immovable Wisdom

This teaching is taken from “Immovable Wisdom” written by Takuan Sōhō, the Japanese Zen Buddhist Master. Takuan Sōhō (1573-1645) was a master of calligraphy, painting, gardening, martial arts, and the teacher of the Shogun Iemitsu, Yagyu Tajima-no-Kami (founder of Japan’s greatest swordsmanship school) and teacher to Miyamoto Musashi (author of The Book of Five Rings).

History of Taikiken in Kyokushin Pt. 2

In the original article I attempted to introduce the origins of Taikiken in Kyokushin. For this part, I am posting an excerpt from the book, “The Essence of Kung-fu Taiki-KEN”, by the founder, Kenichi Sawai. Kenichi Sawai was a long time friend and teacher of Mas Oyama, and introduced Sosai to Taikiken. In this excerpt he talk about his introduction into …

Why Kyokushin Fighters Do Not Punch to the Face

Almost anytime I post a video of a Kyokushin bout there is one or more people who either make a comment about how it isn’t “realistic” because they don’t punch to the face, or, they ask the question of why they don’t. I decided to do some research and create a post that I could just share anytime those comments …

Memorial Service in Memory of Sosai Mas Oyama

Sunday, April 23rd 2017,  Sosai Mas Oyama’s family spent the day at the old Honbu Dojo, built by Sosai (now – the headquarters of the International Kyokushin Organization – Oyama family), for the ceremony commemoration of the memory of the founder of Kyokushin.

What is a Karate Gi?

written by and posted with permission of Sensei Wallmen Harris and the Federatia Română de Karate Kyokushin What is it? Is it just a piece of clothing, just equipment or something more than that? Of course it is a great piece of equipment, made to let you move without restrains, made to keep you warm, but in the same time to …