Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Reviving Karate (Full Contact)
Since 2001, I have been taking students to compete in knockdown Karate tournaments. In the South, there a 2 long running tournaments held in Alabama the we go to. World Yoshukai Superfights and World Oyama Ultimate Challenge. Shidokan Georgia (Atlanta and North Georgia) has put on tournaments the last 4 years. The Alabama tournaments have been up and down in participation for full contact (especially the bare knuckle/no pad divisions). Yoshukai includes point fighting which in martial arts is always a bigger draw (since participants don't really get hurt). Shidokan Atlanta's Karate tournament piggy backed off of a Judo tournament the last 1st few years. This past year the Karate participation was decent, but there were only 2 bare knuckle Karate matches. Last weekend I took a few students to a World Oyama tournament. The bare knuckle consisted on only World Oyama fighters and one outside fighter (I think from Yoshukai). Having visited other countries tournaments, I am sad to say that in they make our tournaments look not only small. Taking fighters abroad is even more difficult. So, my goal now is to find and cultivate good Karate fighters. Unfortunately, the different dojos don't support each other like they should. Unlike boxing, judo, or teakwondo, these most martial art organizations do things there way. In boxing, all boxing clubs show up and there is one governing body. Of course this can never be the case in Martial Arts because there are too many different styles of Karate, Kung Fu, etc. So, nobody wants to play the same way or support each other's events.