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Main Differences between Kyokushin Karate and other Karate/Martial Arts styles

In terms of differences between Kyokushin Karate and other Karate/Martial Arts styles:

  • Full-contact sparring: Kyokushin karate allows full-contact sparring with opponents who do not wear protective gear during competition. This means that full power punches, kicks, elbows, and knees are used to strike the opponent. However, controlled sparring with protective gear is used during training to avoid unnecessary injuries. This makes Kyokushin karate more realistic and challenging than other karate styles that simulate striking or limit strikes to certain parts of the body

  • Emphasis on circular motion: Kyokushin karate, famous for its powerful techniques, derives stunning force from center points and circular motions that generate impressive strength and speed. This sets Kyokushin apart from other karate styles that rely on simple linear motions

  • More emphasis on power: Kyokushin karate emphasizes more powerful strikes from the hips, with a focus on full-body contact. It also trains practitioners to endure pain and overcome fear to achieve their goals. Traditional karate, on the other hand, focuses more on blocks, kicks, and punches with refined technique that may lack practical value without conditioning for continuous fighting. Also, the strikes landed on the opponent are light or no contact

  • Emphasis on fluidity and flow of movement: Kyokushin karate stresses the importance of full-contact flow drills and practical applications of techniques combined with footwork in sparring situations.  Traditional karate focuses on point sparring, considered unrealistic because involves scoring points for landing usually single strikes on the opponent with light or no contact. It also disregards the realism where the opponent may not stop after one hit and counter with more aggressive and varied techniques.

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