edit: didn't see either that you were brand new. Give it a year and then start x-training, by waiting you'll do better at both than if you jump in this early.
Thanks for the info about kk in Utah. We were pretty isolated.
But to the OP's thread I would add that I started in a tma karate 40 years ago in Hawaii and the top bbs had cross trained, usually in Judo. We were told tha if you were serious about training, after getting shodan or nidan one should go for a shodan in JJ or Judo. This is of course with the expectation that the student would continue with karate as their base art.
No, I didn't cancel my tournament participation. The Jujutsu classes directly follow Kyokushin class on Tuesday and Saturday. They are both in the same dojo so I just stay after kyokushin class and train Jujutsu as well. I'm very focused on my tournament . I workout daily at home as well.
I don't know. But if I had a tournament & I'm a beginner in a martial art style I would use any extra time I have to either train or recover from training depending on my schedule.
I understand where you are coming from. I also appreciate your perspective. I also trust my Shihan and senior students. There's a lot of tournament experience in my dojo. We train hard, we train old school Japanese style. For instance yesterday's class started with us conditioning our shins by hitting them lightly then harder with wooden bats. Not full swings or anything close but enough to bruise and build. We then traded low kicks and blocking bone to bone. The entire class was full contact kumite drills. Believe me, Jujutsu class is resting after Kyokushin training at our dojo. We'll slow down a little closer to the tournament but for now. It's go hard or go home.
Also, to clarify. It's Hakkoryu Jujutsu. Joint manipulation, locks, and throws. There's little to no ground grappling from what I've seen thus far. That being the case, it's not as hard on the body as BJJ or GJJ.
From my own experience I can say that cross training can become fairly organic in its growth.
That said, I definitely agree with the earlier posters who suggested that you should have a firm grounding (shodan level) in one art before branching into another. However, at the early levels it is possible to have the time to do a bit of this and a bit of that, as the demands of the art on the student are not as pressing. I found at about 5th kyu I not only found it impossible to not focus solely on my Kyokushin training, but also that I didn't want to. After Shodan I now feel much more relaxed about branching out again and incorporating other arts into my Kyokushin "core".
Let it happen - you'll know when and where and what to focus on when the time is right.
I also agree that there are some arts that can be cross trained quite easily - I trained BJJ for years with my karate as they were so disparate that there was no conflict whatsoever. I only stopped the BJJ because my heart was with Kyokushin. There are others though that could possibly cause great confusion to a novice martial artist. I'm currently undertaking aikido - if I had of attempted to blend this with Kyokushin training at the early stages I would have been hopelessly lost.