New Budo−Karate

New BudoKarate

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[The Genesis of Karate]

There exist a variety of schools of Karate. Kyokushin Karate is a name which refers to the school of Karate founded by Sensei Masutatsu Oyama.

Kyokushin Karate was created by Sensei Masutatsu Oyama adopting the techniques of combat sports and bujutsu which he thought were good from around the world, based on the Shotokan Ryu and Goujyuu Ryu styles of Karate.

 

It is said that when he was training, Sensei Matsutatsu Oyama experienced western boxing, Muay Thai, Chinese martial arts, Japanese jujitsu and judo, among others.

Also, it is said that the overhead roundhouse kick and lower roundhouse kick, which were not originally part of Karate, were brought in from Muay Thai.

Also, at the outset of Kyokushin Karate, there were highly lethal techniques being practiced such as knees and throws hoisting the neck and elbow strikes. Furthermore, looking at the written works left behind by Sensei Matsuatsu Oyama, it is established that these techniques were influenced by Okinawan old school of Karate and Japanese jujitsu,etc.

In other words, Kyokushin Karate is exactly what I mean by “freestyle Karate”. The “freestyle Karate” we speak of here is to subsume and fuse the technique of all schools.

That is to say that this is the meaning of “freestyle Karate”.

At the outset of Kyokushin Karate, it adopted direct strike system kumite and bout methods, and championed itself as “dynamic Karate”. I think that the meaning of this is an expression that, just like with the mechanisms of life, to adapt to change without giving up while continuing to make the best use of oneself.

 

However, it would not be an overstatement to say that in recent times, this kind of form is gradually changing and has become scant and almost completely degraded.

The original Kyokushin Karate was supposed to have been in the form of the ideal of subsuming and fusing various bujutsu and combat sport techniques while supplementing their weaknesses to cultivate them.

In recent times, traditional techniques are becoming a shell of their former selves, and a variety of traditional techniques are becoming extinct.

For example, such traditional Karate techniques as “straight punch”, “front kick”, and “Kake “, which are seen in traditional Karate, are not often seen in modern Karate.

I believe it has become this way because of a biased world image (the image of Karate) which makes the match rules absolute.

[New Budo Philosophy]

The true essence of what Kyokushin Karate has given birth to and developed is the presentation of a new world image.

It is one which understands the mind of the times.

I, however, believe that in order to further develop and pass on Kyokushin Karate, it is necessary possess a new kind of budo philosophy in which one does not have an absolute world image, but  subsumes and fuses the world images of others.

I believe that budo is the path of protecting oneself from one’s own losses, and to cause the opponent to lose his or her fighting spirit (a path for attempting the coexistence of oneself and others). In other words, if you define budo it would be “budo is a path for attempting the coexistence of oneself and others through bujutsu”.

Defining and understanding things in terms of words as above might, however, lead to essences of conflicting problems not only in Karate but in all manner of things…

To get back on topic, Kyokushin Karate practitioners have, by adopting a direct strike system, come to think about “how to defeat an opponent”. I think this is the key of Kyokushin Karate’s development. This is the way of dynamic Karate.

However, this ideal is slowly breaking down. This is because Kyokushin Karate practitioners have gone on to become controlled by thoughts like “matches are everything” and “how should I fight to get the referee to give me a flag?”

Needless to say, matches are not all bad, and neither were all the people thinking like that.

What was wrong was that no one tried to become aware of or consider such tendencies. And the fact that, even if they were aware, they were not able to raise an objection. To put it bluntly, people’s awareness was sealed off from within by a curse which said that “protecting the system is a good thing”.

I feel that I would like to utilize the original good points of Kyokushin Karate, namely, the “courage” not to fear responding to change, and “a large framework which accepts others”. If Kyokushin Karate goes on losing these, it will be concluded that the previous successes and the good points thereof were simply products of trends, and simply “foolhardy” and “crude”.

I will pursue the ideal. And I will continue to believe in the potential of Kyokushin Karate.

 [What is freestyle Karate?]

“Freestyle Karate”–specifically IBMA-Kyokushin-Kai Hall’s Karate-do–is a Karate which mutually operates “traditional techniques”, “kumite techniques”, and “matches”, and supplements these together.

In other words, it examines and preserves the traditional Karate techniques, and fuses them into the kumite techniques which I have additionally established. Also, through the establishment of a new budo sport (FK Project), it will examine techniques from all combat sports and establish a place of experimentation where new techniques can be created, as was the case with the original Kyokushin Karate.

Lastly, I believe that Karate and sports are also forms of art. And I believe that art is rooted in the body and spirit of humans, and is necessary for the recovery of human nature.

“Freestyle Karate” aims for the recovery of human nature through training and matches. It also at the same time aims to bring back the creativity and dynamism to Kyokushin Karate.

Our forefathers named the bujutsu which emerged from Okinawa “Karate”. The word “ku” is grounded in the words of Buddhism. And Karate is translated into English as “empty hands”.

I believe that “ku (empty)” “hands” means to have an open mind which is always open to the outside, and at the same time to cultivate one’s inside.

Stated differently, it is an act of constantly subsuming and fusing others while reforming and creating oneself. This itself is the philosophy of “freestyle Karate”–to go forward always creating new relationships between oneself and others.

Please join me in my ongoing study of IBMA-KyokushinKai Karate-do, a Karate-do which is both old and new.

Akira Masuda




Together, let’s create a new Combat Sport!

 

Together, let’s create a new Combat Sport!

 

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 About Freestylekarate Project

The aim of Freestyle karate project (FK project) is to create places of communication among a broad range of karate schools, karate practitioners and other martial artists where they can exchange their vast knowledge of techniques.

In order to achieve this purpose it was decided that more “impartial and fair” competition rules are necessary.And based upon this concept, the TS-Rules( = Freestyle Karate Rules )were devised.

I think that  important to establish rules that all parties can agree upon.  We would like to establish these rules using people from many different backgrounds in a mutual effort to evaluate the problem and avoid, as much as possible, any personal in discussions.

Also, if the karate world succeeds in establishing a set of universally accepted rules,  it will result in the ‘minority’ image being swept away, making it possible to face the world at large.

The reason for this is that if we break down the walls among the various schools that deny communication with other schools and allow karate practitioners to recognize each other as companions (partners), it will make it possible to gain a number of fans that is second only to soccer among all the sports.

The reasons why karate is seen as being much lower in stature than soccer is not just down to it being perceived as an interior sport, but also because karate practitioners set up walls 
between their respective schools.  does this not lead to a form of exclusionism?

I repeat, the purpose of the freestyle karate project is to do away with the walls between the various schools of karate and to establish communications among the wide variety of schools.

I am convinced that in order to make such communications more meaningful, a set of universal competition rules is necessary.

In order to devise such new rules, I have considered the true essence of combative sports and skills.

And based upon a thorough analysis of the true essence of combative skills, I came up with the most universally acceptable set of rules that I call the TS Rules.
Through spreading these new rules, it is my desire to merge martial arts and sports into one and give KARATEDO a new set of values.

In other words, the freestyle karate project is such as aimed at going beyond the walls of nation, religion, and language to link people together.

I want to stop here and make it clear that the TS karate martial arts competitive rules (the two types of freestyle and Kykushin style) are not meant as a blanket dismissal of all the existing traditional competitive rules nor of the various schools of karate.

I am not denying the existence of the various existing rules and schools.

Rather, I simply believe that if the existing rules and schools are considered to be absolute, it will eventually lead to a loss of creativity and dynamism.

Rules are created for some aim or purpose.And that aim or purpose changes along with the times.

I believe that karate and other sports are forms of art. Also, I believe that art is necessary to effect restoration of humanitarianism.

I want the nucleus of the freestyle karate project to make karate and karate competitions function as a restorative of humanitarianism, to serve as a foundation for the engendering of creativity and dynamism.

Now I want to explain in simple terms the differences between the new rules (competitive methods) and traditional rules (competitive methods).

According to the new rules, when a competitor lands a technique upon his/her opponentnew, its effectiveness will be converted to a numerical score and displayed to not only the competitors, but also to the audiences.

Previously, matches that only judged striking skills made it more difficult to declare a winner.

By adding “take downs”(taoshiwaza) and “grabbing from behind” (haigotori) there are more ways when clear points can be scored, thus making it easier to declare which is the winner.

And the kicks that thrill audiences will be awarded in the shape of  “technical high kick points.”

These changes will make it possible for both competitors and audiences to have a clearer picture of the competition and enjoy the fights.

By introducing more dimensions to fighting and through adopting stringent judging standards, the true essence of combative skills will continue to nurture the tactics and strategies in competition.

In this context, karate competitions will be converted into an intellectual pursuit like those of chess and shogi.

In conclusion, karate translates into English as “empty hands,” but I believe that it really means “open mind” in that the two characters “Ku” and “te” indicate an incessant evolution to the outside and a simultaneous cultivation of the inside.

In other words, it is the endless creative process of subsuming and merging with one’s opponent, as well as of reforming oneself.

The endless creation of one’s bonds with others is precisely the ideology of “freestyle karate.”

Finally, the ultimate goal (aim) of this project it to establish communications with others who have been excluded as outsiders, to develop an understanding of such parties, and to effect mutual recognition and reconciliation with them.

We eagerly await the participation of numerous karate practitioners and martial artists.

 The 5 aims of freestyle karate

Impartial communication among all the people of the world.

  1. Impartial communication among all the people of the world.
  2.  Increasing the capacity to consider fighting strategies and tactics.
  3. Gaining self defense skills that will rob one’s opponent of his fighting powers.
  4.  Enjoying competing for a long time.
  5. Testing of various skill to exercise creativity.

 




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本道場の稽古内容について

増田道場は、子供から壮年までの男女が空手の稽古を通じ心と体を強くし、「からだを楽しむ」ことを目指しています!

基本稽古について

 

増田道場では、実践的な組手稽古と合わせて、空手の伝統的な稽古法も重視しています。伝統稽古では、突き、蹴り、受け、移動法の習得のみならず、関節の可動域を広げ、姿勢(体幹)を整え、効率的な体の動かし方を学ぶことが出来ます。正しく伝統稽古を行うことで、深層筋肉(インナーマッスル)が刺激され、血流も良くなり、脂肪燃焼にも効果的です。また、伝統技や伝統型の修練は、身体機能を向上させ、より良い身体操作を学ぶのに最適です。

本道場の空手稽古は、加齢と共に低下する身体の運動機能を維持、向上させる効果があります。私たちは、会員の方々が中高年となっても、空手の稽古を続け、以上のような身体機能維持の効果を得られるよう、日々、研究を重ねています。

我々は、空手の伝統技や伝統型を、「伝統技の継承」という意義のみならず、身体機能の維持向上という目的で重要としています。

組手稽古について

子供から壮年までの男女が安全に組手を体験できます!

増田道場の空手は、易(やさ)しい技から難しい技へと徐々に習得できるように考えてあります。また、怖いと思われがちな組手(スパーリング)の稽古は、安全性の確保と上達のため、本道場独自の稽古方法を行っています。具体的には、組手(スパーリング)練習においては、「防御」を重視しています。

「応じ(Ouji)」の理合を重視

相手の攻撃技から身を守り(防御し)、間髪を入れずに相手に反撃する。このことを、増田道場では「応じ(Oiji)」と呼びとても大切にしています。増田道場では、「応じ(Ouji)」を習得するための稽古方法として、約束組手を行います。

約束組手とは、2人1組で予め相手とかける技を決めておき、実際に攻撃、防御、反撃を行う稽古方法です。安全に繰り返し稽古することが出来るため、技の習得に大変有効です。防御法を知らずして組手をすれば、恐怖心が先立ち、力が入り、自分も相手にも怪我を負わせることになります。

本道場は、怪我防止の面のみならず、技の上達のためにも、「応じ(Ouji)」の習得が大切だと考えています。また、自由組手(自由に技を掛けあう実践的な稽古)では、相手との勝ち負けという意識で行いません。基本は、相手の技がよく見えるか、「応じ(Ouji)」の力が身についたかどうかという意識を重視します。ゆえに、増田道場では、子供から壮年までの男女が安全に、ハイレベルな組手理法の端緒を掴むことができます。

                        
道場名:極真会館増田道場多摩

クラス:一般クラス
稽古日:月、水:17:30~21:10 日:10:00~11:30
指導員:南屋敷、増田
道場名:多摩

クラス名:リトル&ジュニアクラス
稽古日:水:17:30~19:00
指導員名:増田
道場名:八王子

クラス名:一般クラス
稽古日:月、水、木:17:30~21:10
指導員名:大久保、平野、秋吉
道場名:八王子メガロス

クラス名;リトルクラス
稽古日:火:16:10~17:00/土:16:30~17:20
指導員名:秋吉

 

道場名:八王子メガロス

クラス名:ジュニアクラス
稽古日:火:17:10~18:00/土:17:30~18:20
指導員名:秋吉
道場名:八王子メガロス

クラス名:アドバンスクラス
稽古日:火:18:15~19:05/土:18:30~19:20
指導員名:秋吉
道場名:日野

クラス名:一般クラス
稽古日:水:19:30~21:00
指導員名:秋吉
道場名:日野

クラス名:リトルクラス
稽古日:水:16:30~17:30
指導員名:秋吉、藤井

道場名:日野

クラス名:ジュニアクラス
稽古日:水:17:50~19:00
指導員:秋吉
道場名:府中

クラス名:一般クラス
稽古日:火:19:30~21:00/土:18:30~:20:00
指導員名:火:増田/土:荻野

道場名:府中

クラス名:リトル&ジュニアクラス
稽古日:火:17:30~19:00
指導員名:増田
道場名:調布

クラス名:一般クラス
稽古日:火:19:30~21:00/金:19:00~21:00
指導員名:火:高澤/金:秋吉

道場名:調布

クラス名:リトルクラス
稽古日:金:16:30~17:30
指導員名:秋吉
道場名:調布

クラス名:ジュニアクラス
稽古日:金:17:50~19:00
指導員名:秋吉
道場名:中野クラス名

クラス名:一般クラス
稽古日:土:10:00~11:30
指導員名;吉田
道場名:高田馬場

クラス名:一般クラス
稽古日:月、火、水:19:30~21:00
金:20:30~21:30
土:18:30~20:30
指導員名:月:福岡/火:坡場/水:石川/木:中台/土:本間/木:増田/その他:三輪、永澤

道場名:高田馬場

クラス名:リトル&ジュニアクラス
稽古日:月:18:00~19:00
土:15:30~17:00
指導員名:月:スネイド/土:宮村、大下、スネイド、永澤
※住所、その他詳細は、道場所在地のページをご覧ください。

各クラスの名称について

 

一般クラス:中学生以上の男女。

リトルクラス:5歳〜小学2年生までの男女。

ジュニアクラス:小学3年生〜6年生までの男女。

アドバンス(少年):メガロス八王子所属の緑帯以上の男女。

リトル&ジュニアクラス:5歳〜小学6年生までの男女。

 

※その他、ご質問があれば、事務局までメールにてお問い合わせください。

info@masudakarate.com

 

Dojo Address

八王子/メガロス八王子/日野/多摩/府中/調布/中野/高田馬場




IBMA-Kyokushin-Kaikan Karate-do

 

Future Karate-Do

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Shihan Akira Masuda

 

 

  [The Genesis of Kyokushin Karate]

 

There exist a variety of schools of Karate. Kyokushin Karate is the name which refers to the school of Karate founded by Sensei Masutatsu Oyama.

Kyokushin Karate was created by  Sensei Masutatsu Oyama adapting the techniques of combat sports and bujutsu which he thought were best from around the world, combined with the Shotokan Ryu and Gojyu Ryu styles of Karate.

It is said that when he was training, Sensei Masutatsu Oyama experienced western boxing, Muay Thai, Chinese martial arts, Japanese jujitsu and judo, among others.

Also, it is said that the overhead roundhouse kick and lower roundhouse kick, which were not originally part of Karate, were brought in from Muay Thai.

Also, at the outset of Kyokushin Karate, there were highly lethal techniques being practiced such as knees and Muay Thay krinch  and elbow strikes.

Furthermore, looking at the written works left behind by Senshi Matsuatsu Ooyama, it is established that these techniques were influenced by Okinawan old school of Karate and Japanese jujitsu, etc.

In other wards the original concept of Kyokushin Karate is exactly the same as that of Freestyle Karate.The “freestyle Karate” we speak of here is to subsume and fuse the technique of all schools. That is to say that this is the meaning of “freestyle Karate”.

At the outset of Kyokushin Karate, it adopted the direct strike system of kumite and bout methods, and championed itself as “dynamic Karate”.

I think that the meaning of this is an expression that, just like with the mechanisms of life, to adapt to change without giving up while continuing to make the best use of oneself.

However, it would not be an overstatement to say that in recent times, this kind of form is gradually changing and has become scant and almost completely degraded.

The original Kyokushin Karate was supposed to have been in the form of the ideal of subsuming and fusing various bujutsu and combat sport techniques while supplementing their weaknesses to cultivate them.

In recent times, traditional techniques are becoming a shell of their former selves, and a variety of traditional techniques are becoming extinct.For example, such traditional Karate techniques as “straight punch”, “front kick”, and “kake”, which are seen in traditional Karate, are not often seen in modern Karate.

I believe it has become this way because of a biased world image (the image of Karate) which makes the match rules absolute,and closed tovariations of technique.

[New Budo Philosophy]

The true essence of what Kyokushin Karate has given birth to and developed is the presentation of a new world image. It is one which understands the mind of the times.

I, however, believe that in order to further develop and pass on Kyokushin Karate, it is necessary possess a new kind of budo philosophy in which one does not have an absolute world image, but  subsumes and fuses the world images of others.

I believe that budo is the path of protecting oneself from one’s own losses, and to cause the opponent to lose his or her fighting spirit (a path for attempting the coexistence of oneself and others).

In other words, if you define budo it would be “budo is a path for attempting the coexistence of oneself and others through bujutsu”.

Defining and understanding things in terms of words as above might,however, lead to essences of conflicting problems not only in Karate but in all manner of things…

To get back on topic, Kyokushin Karate practitioners have, by adopting a direct strike system, come to think about “how to defeat an opponent”.

I think this is the key of Kyokushin Karate’s development. This is the way of dynamic Karate.

However, this ideal is slowly breaking down.

This is because Kyokushin Karate practitioners have gone on to become controlled by thoughts like “matches are everything” and “how should I fight to get the referee to give me a flag?”Needless to say, matches are not all bad, and neither were all the people thinking like that.

What was wrong was that no one tried to become aware of or consider such tendencies.

And the fact that, even if they were aware, they were not able to raise an objection.

To put it bluntly, people’s awareness was sealed off from within by a dogma which said that “protecting the system is a good thing”.

I feel that I would like to utilize the original good points of Kyokushin Karate, namely, the “courage” not to fear responding to change, and “a large framework which accepts others”. If Kyokushin Karate goes on losing these, it will be concluded that the previous successes and the good points thereof were simply products of trends, and simply “foolhardy” and “crude”.

I will pursue this ideal. And I will continue to believe in the potential of Kyokushin Karate.

 [What is freestyle Karate?]

“Freestyle Karate” specifically IBMA-Kyokushin-Kai Karate-do is a Karate which mutually operates “traditional techniques”, “kumite techniques”, and “comptition”, and supplements these together.

In other words, it examines and preserves the traditional Karate techniques, and fuses them into the kumite techniques which I have additionally established.

Also, through the establishment of a new budo sport (FK Project), it will examine techniques from all combat sports and establish a place of experimentation where new techniques can be created, as was the case with the original Kyokushin Karate.

Lastly, I believe that Karate and sports are also forms of art.

And I believe that art is rooted in the body and spirit of humans, and is necessary for the restoration of humannature.

“Freestyle Karate” aims for the rediscovery of human nature through training and matches.

It also at the same time aims to bring back the creativity and dynamism to Kyokushin Karate.

Our forefathers named the bujutsu which emerged from Okinawa “Karate”.

The word “kue” is grounded in the words of Buddhism. And Karate is translated into English as “empty hands”.

I believe that “kue (empty) “correctly means to have an open mind which is always open to the outside, and at the same time to cultivate one’s inside.

Stated differently, it is an act of constantly subsuming and fusing others while reforming and creating oneself. This itself is the philosophy of “freestyle Karate”–to go forward always creating new relationships between oneself and others.

Please join me in my ongoing study of IBMA-Kyokushin-Kai  Karate-do,  a Karate-do which is both old and new.