There is no better way for individuals to improve their overall fitness and self defense ability. Very intense training to promote self-discipline and mental toughness. In order to condition students for sparring matches and combat, Kyokushin schools focus a lot of time on rigorous physical exercise. Today’s Kyokushin practitioners routinely perform exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups, squats, jumping jacks and mountain climbers. Kyokushin karate is a mentally and physically demanding style of karate, one that does not suit all people, however, for those that do stick with it find the daily challenges rewarding and fulfilling.
Kyokushin has always been ever evolving, and is testament to the many great fighters who have dominated in the many Open to all styles Full Contact Tournaments, kick boxing, K1 and MMA. It is no secret that gradings in Kyokushin can be very demanding. And if gradings and full contact tournaments weren’t enough there are always the challenges of the 50 man fight as some countries offer to students who wish to keep challenging new boundaries or ultimately the Hyakunin Kumite or 100 man fight, which is done in Japan in front of organization heads who judge and rule over the procedure and the outcome as it is recorded.
United States Kyokushin Karate - IFK Organization (USA-IFKK), with headquarters located in Rochester, New York, is the official U.S. organization of the International Federation of Karate (IFK) Kyokushin. The USA-IFKK was founded in 1996 by Shihan Michael Monaco, Hachidan (8th Dan), who was previously United States Branch Chief of the International Karate Organization.