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Monthly Kyokushin-do Match Recap: June 16, 2024 (video)

The latest Kyokushin-do match, held on June 16, 2024, showcased intense competition and strategic prowess under the protective gear style. Kyokushin-do, a fusion and rebranding of Takushin Budo and various hitting competitions, continues to evolve with a robust training system for both martial arts and sports.

Upcoming Rule Revisions

As the sport progresses, so do its rules. Proposals for revisions were discussed during this match, highlighting the ongoing efforts to enhance and refine the competition framework. These changes aim to ensure the sport’s growth and improvement.

Four Distinct Competition Styles

Kyokushin-do competitions are categorized into four distinct styles:

  1. Protective Gear (Kyokushin-do style)
  2. Gloves (IBMA-kickboxing style)
  3. No Thrusts to the Face (IBMA-Kyokushin style)
  4. Stick Competitions

Each style varies based on the permitted attack methods and equipment used. A key aspect of Kyokushin-do competitions is the emphasis on precise attacking techniques, which are deemed “effective hits” and crucial for victory. This approach necessitates strong defensive skills, aligning with the ultimate goal of preparing for real-world scenarios, such as knife fights. Kyokushin-do is seen as a path of continual evolution, aiming to revive and honor the essence of traditional Kyokushin Karate and broader martial arts.

The Philosophy Behind Kyokushin-do

Shihan Akira Masuda, the founder, initially named the martial art “Takushin-budo.” However, as it evolved into a competitive sport, it was rebranded as “Kyokushin-do.” This name reflects a return to the origins envisioned by Masutatsu Oyama, emphasizing the practice and elevation of those foundational philosophies.

Masuda highlights the shared cultural and ceremonial aspects between Japanese martial arts and Western sports, aiming to leverage these commonalities to foster a universal cultural understanding in future societies.

Stay tuned for further updates and insights as Kyokushin-do continues its journey of perpetual growth and refinement.

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