10/31/2010 8:28pm, #1
Kyokushinkai, Kyokushin-kan and head punches
There has been lots of criticism of Kyokushin training because of the lack of head punches in tournament rules and in training at the dojo. I was always puzzled about this because in my training in Utah and Hawaii we trained with head punches; my first KO was from a right to the jaw by Sensei. Gezere also backed this up, saying that in his experience, tournies no head shots, but in training head shots were used.
In further readings I've found that after Oyama died the focus became centered on tournaments because that's where the publicity and money came in. After Oyama died Matsui claimed to be the heir apparent and since has lost many cases in court in Japan. He's lost the exclusive use of the terms Kyokushinkai and a lot more (Kyokushin politics, or Let's sue Matsui! - No BS MMA and Martial Arts). Besides the politics, though, Shihan Hiroshige Tsuyoshi and Shihan Royama and others think that Kyokushin has lost it's edge with the tournament focus (sounds like Judo??). The hard core training and self-defense techniques that of course included head punches, were taken for granted during the early decades, is now a focus in the dojo. (http://toriwaerts.wordpress.com/2008...unches-deel-2/) At least in Kyokushin-kan.
While KK tournie fighting with head shots was posted (by me Kyokushin Tournies with head punches - No BS MMA and Martial Arts), I'm happy to see that at least some of the major players are now training that way and according to the article sited above, training bbs techniques to be able to train in a safe manner. No more picking up teeth!
And it now makes sense, what the older KK guys here experienced was not what was going on, for the most part, for some years. Kyokushin-kan and Blumings organization, Kyokushin Budokai, are all about keeping the old values alive.
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11/01/2010 5:27am, #2
What I can't get my head around is the IKO1's refusal to include head strikes but their insistence on entering their top guys into K1 where they are invariably raped to bits.
11/01/2010 9:19am, #3
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11/01/2010 11:19am, #4
Commercialisation of any martial art will always carry negatives because, inevitably somewhere down that line there's a neglect of the aspects of a discipline which commercially speaking, wouldn't go down well with the masses.
The hard core - often referred to as the "old school" see this as a less positive change whilst those newer to the art(s) don't really know any different.
In may respects, martial arts are treated or regarded as sports activities and, whilst it's true to say (especially within MMA) that people will still punch and kick to the head as part of their training, it is equally true that the vast majority of people who take up (run of the mill) martial arts do so because of the hobby mentality thus, aren't really that interested in being subjected to strong physical treatment and, even fewer still will change their outlook and train seriously."To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".
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11/02/2010 12:36am, #9
I was really excited when I found that thread. But I don't think anyone around me does it. Anyone who wants head punching probably does muay thai or kick boxing.
11/02/2010 2:01am, #10
Tell me, folks, what kind of protective gear do the Kyokushin head-hitting chaps use? From my karate days, I remember using tiny little cotton gloves, with no headgear. I always assumed Kyokushin used the same.
Now, I'm not sure about the helpfulness of headgear - overconfidence and limited vision, and all that. I've had no experience with them. But the gloves interest me, if only because punching with 16oz gloves makes for very different tactics sometimes (e.g. bigger guard, less emphasis on traditional karate blocks). And I don't know how useful these cotton mitts are for hand protection.
Can someone shed some light on this?
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