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It is almost impossible to learn Karate from a book, even one with many illustrations.

The basic techniques you are taught are the building blocks which you will learn to combine for more complicated formal exercises and later for practical application for self defense. No one can ever learn all there is to know about Karate, even though they may have trained for 50 or so years. It is also important for beginners to understand that no instructor can actually “teach” Karate to you. YOU are the person who will slowly teach your body to respond on command in the correct way, your instructors will demonstrate and correct — but knowledge can only be translated into action by hard work and regular attendance.

Karate literally means “empty hand” fighting and this emphasizes the fact that we must use the weapons that nature gave us for our own defense or that of others. Continue reading “TRAINING OVERVIEW”


Literally, this means teacher,

and in Kyokushin it is automatically used with 3rd and 4th dan holders.


In other organisations, it is sometimes a conferred title, and comes in addition to the belt ranking. In some styles, there is even a further refinement to this title, Sensei-ho which essentially means “Sensei in training” and is often used to signify a probationary promotion. (A similar terminology and grade can be applied for shodan as well). Continue reading “SENSEI”

Budō and Kyokushin

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 (), meaning “war” or “martial”; and  () – Dao in Chinese – sometimes spelled tao), meaning “path” or “way”.

Budō and Kyokushin

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. Thus, bujutsu is translated as “science of war” or “martial craft.” Continue reading “Budō and Kyokushin”

Shihan Hennie Bosman report from Japan

Shihan Hennie Bosman – Kyokushin-kan Country Representative

for South Africa and famous action movie star, shared on his Facebook profile:

Shihan Hennie Bosman

My best visit to Japan ever this week.  Amazing to train under such people with knowledge, understanding, compassion as well as love of martial arts as well as other people. I am so lucky! Kyokushin-kan has it all!

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