Posted by koji112091
I'll keep that in mind.
Yeah kyokushin does have full contact kumite whith the exception of no face punchs but you can kick the head all you want.
The creator of this art, Mas Oyama, was one of the greatest martial artist to have walked the earth. He defeated people in kumite with sometimes only one blow. He killed a man in self defense and killed bulls with his karate aswell.
For some strange reason people in were I live have never heard of kyokushin, but in Japan it is very popular. So mabey if it gets more popular here in the states mabey more people would hear about it in UFC.
The reason it's overlooked and underrated is simply because it's Karate. The name Karate, albeit popular, has really gone down the drain as far as peoples perception of it's effectiveness throughout the years, and in some way it's a just stereotype. There are ALOT of Karate McDojos, or schools devoted more to children than actual combat. Also the fact that some will allow blackbelts to people under 16, and withing only a few years also makes people question it's legitimacy... but the biggest problem with Karate IMO is that there are far too many variants, such as Shotokan (which I believe is the original), Kempo, Ryushin, etc... and the problem is to know which one to chose and how they differ... but from everything I've seen and heard, Kyokushin (which also teaches knees I believe) is by far the best variant to translate to actual striking competition, and don't get me wrong I'm not trying to put down any of the other variants. As I've mentioned before, don't fall into the stereotype that Muay Thai or Boxing are necessary or better, because it isn't the case at all... MT guys may have a solid base, but the hands lack, and boxers have great hands, but there are no kicks and the transition to MMA requires a much smaller glove, which changes everything... Karate guys come with a fantastic parry and great straight punches, however don't be fooled that one art is supreme to another, as you mentioned earlier it's the artist not the art. So go train Kyukushin, and spar with as many people as you can with different sizes, experience levels and backgrounds to truly up your game.
ps. Yes I've heard stories of Mas Oyama, and although the tales may be inflated, it's something to consider, as our generation had Bruce Lee, who shocked people with things like the one-inch-punch.