Post by Tay on Aug 7, 2015 11:06:01 GMT -5
With the likes of Hug etc these reference the very start of K1, literal K1 was built around those fighters disappointed by the way the World Tournaments were being run and wanted to earn money as fighters.
MMA drew in fighters from all styles as the start as there were no MMA gyms - now there are, why study karate if you want to be a cage fighter?
Challenging oneself in different rulesets is a proof of your abilities as a martial artist. It also shows how good the techniques you learnt are against someone else who might have trained different techniques from other martial arts.
I'm sure you remember the quote by Mas Oyama "The heart of our karate is real fighting. There can be no proof without real fighting. Without proof there is no trust. Without trust there is no respect. This is a definition in the world of Martial Arts."
Seeing other Kyokushin Karateka being successful in fight sports like K-1 or MMA shows that what we are training is effective and a great base to fight with. The same cannot be said about many other martial arts.
It is more of a proof than just trusting that what you have learnt is effective, or only having put it to the test in one format of rules (for example knockdown). Of course knockdown fighting is a great proof that you can fight, but is it really enough of a proof that you can handle most fight situations? (especially when the format we compete under has many limitations of rules).
There seems to be a few MMA gyms with Kyokushin classes: www.londonshootfighters.com/classes/