Ligo Dojo Blog — 01 September 2013

This week marked the formation of a third technical committee team in the US, as Sensei Omar in Port St. Lucie formed his group this week. Sensei Callahan, who I’m visiting in LA next weekend, has his group but will begin their training after my visit. Sensei Webster has told me that he doesn’t feel like he and Susan have time to organize a new group outside of their regular trainings at this time (they will always be welcome to join if they have more time in the future!). Shihan Petrovich has told me that he’s formed a group, but I think he’s still working to organize, and I don’t have names yet. I want to thank everyone who is even considering the idea and working to see if it can be done, because it is a great tribute to Kancho Royama and the efforts he’s making in Japan to unify Kyokushin-kan behind a common philosophy which is supposed to be OURS after all.

In theory, any instructor who does not participate with a team would still be welcome to consult the material, although remember it’s the unification that has extreme benefits for our future. 1. everyone learns the same points about kata and learns how to judge them in accordance with Kyokushin-Kan’s standard 2. our level increases because according to Kancho’s teaching, these “missing elements” from Kyokushin are the surest way to do so, 3. we should be able to present a VERY appealing front to Honbu when it comes time to invite instructors from Japan, 4. when our black belts go to Japan to grade we look like we have some idea what we’re doing.  I have sought guidance from Honbu regarding this idea. I have been told that Kancho really wants us (everyone in the world) to pursue the material, the challenge however is the effective, and diplomatic changing of old ideas because so few of us (in this country, for example) have had extensive contact with Kancho Royama’s instruction.

As it stands our technical committee looks like this:


Additionally, I’ve recently been contacted by a (seemingly) nice guy in the Midwest who is interested in learning Kyokushin through this online system. He is a retired fireman, a life-long boxing coach, and he runs a nonprofit, like mine, working with at risk youth. Clearly I would have to supplement video instruction to accommodate a student who is starting from scratch, but we have expressed how cool it would be if 3 years later, this fellow wound up with a dojo (or club to teach Kyokushin) within his nonprofit, or in his community. I will keep you posted, but with some luck, there may be a team that tags along with the rest of us, without a technical committee member at the helm. A long shot, but for Kyokushin-Kan, I will try.

Lesson 4 Kata Training (How to Train)

Please watch the following e videos. My group here practices 3 kata, 4-time each, in the fashion I described in early lessons. I.e. everyone focused on common points, and focused on succeeding at all costs to achieve them, and without interruption. Please note, that ever when I watch MY OWN kata, I see point(s) that still need to be corrected!!!! It’s terrible to see myself on film because, although I am training very hard, it really does take a degree of physical strength, stamina, and endurance in order to be able to do them properly, and now that I KNOW what’s correct and what’s not, I see it all in high definition. I have lost 23 pounds making this effort but imagine I need to shed another 10 or more to get where I want to be. Along those lines, the instructor should take note: It is a Matsui-era misconception that the goal of Kyokushin karate is tournament championship. OF COURSE, tournament fighting is important, but one of the reasons we remain small in the US is that we lack the ability to “sell” the art to folks who are not aspiring fighters. It is a HUGE part of Kyokushin-Kan’s philosophy that there is plenty to do to improve and innovate the art by folks who are not young fighters. Training is for life and, for the instructor, I offer here an opportunity to resume your own training, if your training has diminished with age. Kancho Royama is still training, not only teaching. Mas Oyama was training when I was his student at the age of 69. I am extremely optimistic now, because I feel like I have “so much time” to train, and learn more. I am 42. I have a sense I’ll be stronger when I’m 52 than I am now, because of this training.

Lesson 4 Taikyoku 1 in Detail

Alright guys, here’s Taikyoku kata in detail according to Kyokushin-Kan’s teaching. I’m sorry that my students aren’t yet where they need to be to show them perfectly, BUT they (we) ARE on the right path. Since we’re unified behind what we know to be correct according to Kyokushin-kan, and because we’re training it correctly, we know we have a chance at one day getting it right. Please enjoy, and don’t hesitate to ask questions that you might have.


Lesson 4 What have you got so far?

Well, if you’re working on this Tech Committee material, so far you’ve got:

1. Taikyoku 1 in Detail

2. “How to train” all kata, and a recommendation that you pick up particularly Sanchin and Naifanchin (and I’ll explain more detail here in the future)

3. 15 or 20 minutes of basic Ikken practice.

4. A white-belt level introduction to head-punches and drills to create those necessary reflexes to defend from head punches.

5. An introduction to Kyokushin-Kan’s weapons philosophy.

6. Basic, white-belt level, introduction to tonfa kumite drills.

Please practice this material, also BO KUMI will be forth coming. If you are familiar with the movements it will be easier to learn later.


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