Archive for Kyokushin-Kan Philosophical

Part 3: The Sundomei and the Full-Contact. Kyokushin-Kan and Budo Karate.

For anyone who has read Part Two, Kyokushin-Kan and the Worldwide Unification of Kata: The 2013 World Kata Tournament, this post is duplicate material. That article, about the 2013 World Kata Tournament (Part 2) forced me to [...]

Kancho Royama: “Karate training begins at the age of 50.”

  “Oh but real Karate training begins at 50,” Kancho Royama said. It was in Capetown, South Africa, and Shihan Hennie Bosman was celebrating his 50th birthday. “It’s depressing,” he said with a smile, “because I [...]

The Sundomei and the Full-Contact. Kyokushin-Kan and Budo Karate Part 2.

As we continue our discussion of Kyokushin-Kan’s role in the development of Japan’s Budo (derived from the Japanese warrior code) karate, let’s look at training methods that we associate with what Karate was before Mas Oyama [...]

Budo Karate : The Sundomei, The Full-Contact, and Kyokushin-Kan. Part 1.

During the two years that I was Mas Oyama’s student in Tokyo, he often repeated, “Kyokushin karate is not dance karate! It’s not kenka (brawling) karate! It’s BUDO karate!” What on earth could he have meant [...]

Part 3: Kancho’s General Message Regarding Kyokushin-kan’s Seminars : “Please attend them! Embrace what it means to be Kyokushin-Kan!” (Concept #4 Part 3)

  In Part 1 and 2 of this essay, I described Kyokushin-Kan as a movement within Kyokushin (or rather among the various splintered parts of what was a unified whole under Kyokushin’s founder Mas Oyama), one [...]

Part 2: Kancho’s General Message Regarding Kyokushin-kan’s Seminars : “Please attend them!” (Concept #4 Part 2) Also, see here regarding “Fighting Posture”.

In Part 1 of this essay, I described Kyokushin-Kan as something different from “just another IKO.” At least it should be considered so by us. More than that, it WILL be considered something different by anyone who attends Kancho’s instructors [...]

Kancho’s General Message Regarding Kyokushin-kan’s Seminars : “Please attend them!” Concept #4 Part 1.

Above all other content at Kyokushin-Kan’s International Instructors Seminars, is Kancho’s message, “Attend these seminars! Take what you’ve learned back to your countries!” It is my intent in this blog post to drive that message home, [...]

Kyokushin-kan Instructor’s Seminars – Concept #1 Head Punches

This author thought it would be beneficial to the Kyokushin-kan community to summarize, to the best of my ability, some content of Kancho Royama’s Internatinoal Instructors’ Seminars, held every year in Japan. Although I do have [...]

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