Naomi Ali: 100-man Fighter

Written by Boon Mark Souphanh The 100-man kumite holds a special place in the world of Kyokushin karate. The act of fighting full-contact for 100 straight rounds against fresh opponents and with no protective gear is enough to deter even the toughest, most well-travelled martial artists. Many of the men who have completed the astonishing mental and physical test have …

41st British Open and 9th Cup of Europe

This iconic event is one of the most long standing knockdown tournaments in the world. Streamed live from 10am on Saturday 23rd September The 41st British Open and 9th Cup of Europe will be held on September 23th, in K2 Centre in Crawley, England. Live streaming proudly sponsored by Educational Funding Company and MMA Mats. Filming and live streaming provided by …

Risks of Repetitive Head Impact in Full-Contact Karate

I recently published an article on Why Kyokushin Fighters Do Not Punch to the Face. It received a lot of feedback! Many people were favouring punching to the head, with the argument that it’s the only way to train realistically, and that Kyokushin sport fighters are ill prepared because of this.

Never Gas Out! – Fighter Interval Training

This article, written by Joel Jamieson – one of the world’s foremost authorities on strength and conditioning for combat sports, originally appeared in Fight! magazine, specifically on interval training for combat sports. I can’t seem to find too much on full-contact karate specifically, so thought this might be a great supplement to your training. Enjoy!

Hero in All of Us – Kyokushin-Kan Karate Sensei Tom Callahan

Originally posted on An Interview with Sensei Tom Callahan Tom Callahan, 4th Dan, Head of the L.A. Branch of Kyokushin-Kan Karate, has been successful in his life by just about any measure. With the release of this short film about him and his dojo, World Budo Arts. We caught up with him over Skype about his martial arts journey a few days before he sets …

Side Splits for Kyokushin Karate

The illusive side splits. Wanted by all, had by few. There was a time… many, many years ago, that I could perform the side splits, along with the front splits. But alas, with age and many years without martial arts, I “lost” the ability. I am now on a quest to regain that split.