Yes, Kyokushin karate is a full-contact style. Our organization — the Phoenix Karate-do Association Kyokushinkai International — emphasizes hard-body contact using simple and effective techniques. It is conducted with a vigorous, proactive attitude to develop a non-quitting spirit. All of our training is done in a safe, progressive manner. No one is asked to do anything they do not feel ready to do. Injuries can occur in karate, as in all physical activities. We work to ensure we can all train the next day.
As a traditional Japanese style, we use Japanese terminology for our techniques, kata, and movement. Our association’s publication Phoenix Budo is the seminal reference for all of our techniques and terminology and is available through your instructor.
Come as you are. We are all in different stages of our physical journeys. The beauty of karate is you can start at any place in that journey and move forward. Waiting to be in “good enough” shape will likely mean not starting. You’ve got nothing to lose!
New students should come to class prepared to sweat in loose, comfortable clothing that is good for exercise. Shoes, socks, and jewelry are not permitted for safety reasons. When a student is ready to make a commitment to the class, a dogi (karate uniform) can be purchased via your instructor.