Is Kyokushin Karate An Effective Martial Art?

Kyokushin karate is one of the more well-known full contact karate styles, thanks to MMA stars like Georges St. Pierre and Uriah Hall. There is no question that kyokushin karate is one of the more hardcore karate styles, but how effective is it in the ring and in the streets? In this article, we will explore the effectiveness of this popular karate system. Continue Reading

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Should You Crosstrain Kyokushin Karate for MMA

Kyokushin is a very popular traditional martial arts style among MMA fans. This is partially due to the likes of Georges St. Pierre and Uriah Hall, who have found differing levels of success adopting kyokushin to MMA. Another reason why kyokushin is a popular style among MMA afficiandos is because it is the most popular form of full contact karate.

While this specific karate style has many benefits, it does have some drawbacks—such as no strikes to the head. So with that said, should you crosstrain kyokushin for MMA? The answer depends, and here is why: Continue Reading

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Full Contact Karate Styles

As a former Shorin Ryu karate and current Kyokushin karate student, I have witnessed how vastly different the different styles of karate are. Some barely allow any sparring while others allow full contact sparring.

So if you want to take karate and want your training to translate into real-life effectiveness, you should go to a full contact karate school. Although katas, kihon, and point sparring has its place in training, it is the full contact that allows you to apply your training in real-life situations. The following article outlines the various full contact styles and their similiarities and differences. Continue Reading

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