Posted On:5/30/2011 2:47pm
Style: Pradal Serey & BJJ
Other than Kyokushin, what styles of Karate are full contact / sparring-oriented?
I ask because a friend of mine wants to try something like in the Ottawa area but his schedule doesn't match up with the schedule of the only Kyokushin school in his area.
He's a big fan of K-1 fights so he wants to try karate but he wants to try something that'll will have some decent sparring involved.
Posted On:5/30/2011 3:01pm
enshin, ashihara, daido juku and other offshoots
Posted On:5/31/2011 8:43am
Style: Keyboard Warrior
Hopefully not just stating the obvious, but sparring reputation of a style in general and how a local MA school in particular operates may not necessarily be the same thing. Maybe your friend could consider visiting as many places as possible (karate and not) which fit his schedule and budget, then go from there.
If two or three weekday evenings are a problem that could make it difficult to find a suitable place to train. It could gravitate your friend to somewhat larger commercial-oriented schools that have more flexibility in scheduled training times. Does the location / neighbourhood matter? - assuming downtown works for your friend if kyokushin was an option.
Posted On:6/01/2011 9:22am
I'll have to ask him about his schedule. I'm assuming downtown is okay since he was considering Ottawa Kyokushin Goudreault Dojo.
Posted On:6/01/2011 10:35am
Also, search function for "Ottawa" - I have posted once or twice before in Newbietown just to repeat other Ottawa bullies standard recommendations for places to train. Not claiming better insight, but have listed most "Bullshido-reputable" MA schools in one post which could be useful.
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Posted On:6/01/2011 10:50am
Style: Savate (LBF/SD/LC) - BJJ
To add to Moenstah's post, the other offshoots are: Seidokaikan and Shidokan
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Posted On:6/03/2011 8:47am
Unfortunately, I can't find any other knockdown schools in our area. And, for some styles, I can't even find schools in all of Canada!
Thanks for the help so far, guys!
I read somewhere that Goju-Ryu influenced or inspired Kyokushin. Would that be a viable option for my friend?
Posted On:6/03/2011 9:48am
Style: Kenkojuku Karate, Judo
It's one of the two karate types Kyokushin's founder did previously. It's not the same thing by a longshot, but any karate style *might* have good sparring, it's just not the standard norm like Kyokushin. You have to check them out and watch their sparring.
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