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 …

Budō and Kyokushin

Budō (武道) is a Japanese term describing modern Japanese martial arts. Literally translated it means the “Martial Way“. Budō is a compound of the root bu (武), meaning “war” or “martial”; and dō (道) – Dao in Chinese – sometimes spelled tao), meaning “path” or “way”. Japanese martial arts are divided into two separate and very distinct categories; Bujutsu and Budō. Similarly to budō, bujutsu is a compound of the roots bu (武), and jutsu (術), meaning technique. …