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 jetli.com 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.

Kaizen! Continuous Improvement in Kyokushin Karate and Life!

Maybe it’s because it is the middle of summer, but for whatever reason, I was feeling sluggish and tired at last night’s class at Contact Kicks Martial Arts. We’ve been averaging large classes, which is nice to see, as in the summer people tend to drop off for a while. I believe this speaks well to the great instruction under …

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.