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.

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 …