Kyokushin Karate

Kyokushin Karate is a Japanese style of martial arts. Kyokushin roughly translates to the way, or society of the ultimate truth and Karate translates to empty hand. Kyokushin has long been considered to be one of the most effective forms of Martial Arts in the world. This is due to the fact that there is a strong enphesis on proper technique.

Masitatsu Oyama developed this Karate system to be a fighting art. He felt at the time that the Karate schools were teaching a much too soft version of Karate. A famous Quote of Mas oyama’s was” I don’t want Karate dancers, I want Karate fighters.”

In the early 50’s Don Buck became a student of Mas Oyama’s. Then in 1957 he was promoted to the Masters rank of Shihan (4th degree black belt). After Mas Oyama passed away. Hanshi Don Buck waited to see what would happen with the IKO. Due to political unrest with in the organization he decided to break away. This is when he started the AKKO (The American Kyokushin Karate Organization).

Sensei Mike and Hanshi Fred BuckThe American Kyokushin Karate Organization was one of the first Kyokushin organizations to embrace extensive cross training. Our schools train in traditional Kyokushin, Judo, Jujitsu and Kung Fu. This freedom gives us a solid grasp of standing, grappling and throwing self-defense skills, as well as the health benefits of Karate and Kung Fu.

Kyokushin Karate has some of the most effective Tecniques for blocking, puncheing and kicking. The stance work is also an integral part of the training. Through the process of practicing your kata (formal exercises) your balance will improve and your core will become stronger. There is extensive work on practical application and sparring techniques. This will give you a strong foundation in stand up self defense skills.

Kyokushin is considered to be one of the most aggressive forms of Martial Arts. One reason for this is that Kyokushins traditional full contact sparring is done with out any pads on the hands or feet. Unfortunately few people understand the amount of time an athlete will spend conditioning their body for this type of sparring. In the AKKO we have several different types of sparring. A student is never made to do full contact sparring.

The AKKO mission is to have the best mix of Martial Arts and to make the teachers and students the best Martial Artists that they can be.