Back to ‘Old’ School Karate Kyokushin

Since beginning the podcast and opening conversations around training it has raised some questions for me in regards to my own training. Shihan Judd Reid, the former Uchi Deshi of Sosai Mas Oyama, talked about his training under Sosai, Sensei Terry Birket talked about his training and his focus now on making karate (Kyokushin) dangerous again, through Goshin Jutsu, the …

Episode 5: Shihan Cameron Quinn

Shihan Cameron Quinn, author of “The Budo Karate of Mas Oyama,” Uchi Deshi under Sosai Mas Oyama, as well as translator and friend of Sosai. Shihan Quinn was an incredible guest with a wealth of history and knowledge. This was the perfect way to start the New Year. Please enjoy the video and/or audio podcast.     Audio Podcast: Podcast: …

Episode 4: Shihan Tom Callahan

Shihan Tom Callahan, is the U.S. Country Representative (Chairman) and International Secretary of Kyokushin-kan Karate. Originally based in California but relocated to Boulder, Colorado, Shihan Tom Callahan has been involved in the martial arts since 1972 starting with Uechi-ryu Karate in Boston.  After a break from training due to career focus, he returned to training in mid 90’s in Kyokushin Karate, studying …

Episode 3: Karate Culture (Aaron Garcia and Michael Nguyen)

Karate Culture (Aaron Garcia and Michael Nguyen). Two guys on a mission to bring karate back to relevancy. They’re black belts in Shorin-Ryu but like to represent Okinawan Karate as a whole, and really making a name for themselves by bringing realistic application back into karate. Kata. Throws. Submissions. Strikes. Ground Combatives. Hard Body Conditioning. No egos, no competitions, just …

Episode 2: Sensei Terry Birkett

Sensei Terry Birkett from the UK is the Chief Instructor at Ronin Dojo, much sought after teacher, founder of Back Street Karate, which focuses on realism in karate, and the list goes on. We discuss his roots in Kyokushin, years working as a doorman where he tested his skills, his goal to make karate “dangerous” again, and much more! *  …

Is Kyokushin Karate still “Kyokushin” without Kata?

This is a question I pose, and I do not propose to have the answer. When Sosai Mas Oyama created Kyokushin, he created it to be the ultimate martial art at its time, combining the base he had in Judo, Shotokan, Goju-ryu and Taikiken.