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Yamato Damashii – The Spirit of Japan and Kyokushin Karate

The Martial Way blog with another great article

Yamato Damashii

I am very proud of the dojo I belong to, being a student under my teacher, Sensei Steve Forgarsi, and being a part of Kyokushinkai Karate. Contact Kicks might not be a traditional Japanese dojo in the sense of hardwood floors, taiko drums, etc. But it embodies the true spirit of martial arts; honour and valour. Continue reading “Yamato Damashii – The Spirit of Japan and Kyokushin Karate”

Is Kyokushin Karate still “Kyokushin” without Kata?

This is a question I pose, and I do not propose to have the answer.

When Sosai Mas Oyama created Kyokushin, he created it to be the ultimate martial art at its time, combining the base he had in Judo, Shotokan, Goju-ryu and Taikiken.

Kyokushin Kata

Kyokushin was built on hard practice, strengthening the mind and body, through perseverance, with a foundation of Kihon, Kumite and Kata. Continue reading “Is Kyokushin Karate still “Kyokushin” without Kata?”

3 DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE SENSEI-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP

By: Lori O’Connell Filed in: Teaching & Leadership

I’ve trained at a lot of different types of martial arts schools and I have therefore seen wide variety of ways that instructors relate to and connect with their students, varying from uber-traditional to laid back, with many variations in between. There is no one “right” type, with benefits and drawbacks to whatever type one undertakes as an instructor. Each type attracts different types people. In this blog post, I’ll describe 3 different variations that I’ve seen.

SENSEI-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP Continue reading “3 DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE SENSEI-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP”

THE SECRET TO HITTING HARD

Is to HIT SOMETHING AS HARD AS YOU CAN.

We’re always looking for shortcuts. Fitness, sports…we LOVE when we get a little “secret” that gives us an edge over the competition an when it comes to training to hit hard – there are a TON of expert opinions.

HITTING HARD

But after all is said and done and you’ve wasted your time hitting X-RAY paper and flimsy pine boards, sparring with your booties on and practicing your forms…NOTHING and I mean NOTHING replaces HITTING SOMETHING AS HARD AS YOU CAN. Continue reading “THE SECRET TO HITTING HARD”