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 …

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!

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.