Seidokaikan (正道会館)

 is a traditional full contact karate derived from Kyokushin by Kazuyoshi Ishii. Seidokaikan organized the first professional full contact karate tournament named the Karate World Cup. The Karate World Cup had special extension rounds, if the judges decision was deadlocked after an extension round, the rules then allowed face strikes with fighters donning boxing gloves (kickboxing).

In 1981, Kazuyoshi Ishii established his own style of karate forming the International Practical Karate Federation Seidokaikan and became the Kancho (Grandmaster) of Seidokaikan based in Osaka.[1][2] Kancho Ishii's top student at this time was Takeo Nakayama who had achieved fame by taking second place in the 1977 Kyokushin All-Japan tournament as a green belt.

In 1983, Kancho published a karate technical manual entitled "Full Contact Seido Karate". The following month the first of a four-part educational video series "Practical Seido Karate" (the first of its kind in Japan) was produced. In 1991, Kancho Ishii's "Katsu Tame no Karate" (Winning Karate) book was published with a companion video.[3]

Seidokaikan can be confused with Seido, the World Seido Karate Organization, a traditional non-contact karate style with a similar name established in 1976 by former Kyokushin karateka Tadashi Nakamura and also with Seidokan Karate Kobudo, a traditional karate style established by Shian Toma in 1984.



Japanese kickboxing is called in English oriental kickboxing.

According to some, the term "kickboxing" was invented in Japan in the 1950s by karate experts, who needed to deal with total contact.

Kickboxing with grips and a knee stroke

The Burmese Maung Gyi was a kickboxing practitioner of that era and an expert student of the Burmese kickboxing ban, as well as the great karate master Gogen Yamaguchi, known as "the cat". In 1958, Maung Gyi fought in Japan under different names and introduced Burmese boxing, called lethwei, during the Japanese kickboxing tournaments.

According to other sources, Japanese kickboxing was invented after the 1964 Olympic Games by Osamu Noguchi, who intended to create a Japanese version of Muay Thai (Thai boxing). During a study trip to the countries of Southeast Asia, Noguchi was inspired mainly by Thai boxing. Shortly after, thanks to the enthusiasm of Kenji Kurosaki, a practitioner of the Kyokushinkai (Karate form that authorizes contacts), the Japanese kickboxing was born, in which the regulation allowed to hit with kicks, punches, knees and elbows, and also certain judo projections). Noguchi gave an American name easy to remember the new discipline, which was an immediate success.

After creating his own fighting style, in 1969 Kenji Kurosaki created the famous Mejiro-Gym training camp in Tokyo, becoming the pioneer of kickboxing of the 1970s. Among the most famous of his students were Akio Fujihira, Toshio Tabata, Yoshiji Soeno, the French Patrick Brizon, the Dutch Jan Plas (famous Dutch coach) and the brilliant Toshio Fujiwara (Japanese kickboxing legend, with 129 victories). In the nineties he taught art at the Italian Fabio Martella and the famous Swiss Andy Hug. During the early years, Japanese kick-boxers came directly from the Kyokushinkai.

The most popular Japanese kickboxing form in the country is that practiced on the occasion of the famous "K-1" tournament, which brings together the best fighters on the planet. This form of kickboxing whose rules are called "K-1 rules" or "oriental rules" was invented by Kazuyoshi Ishiisono, who relaunched kickboxing also in the media after a period of decline in the eighties. Also this regulation has in common with other types of kickboxing the ban on hitting with the elbows and grasping the opponent by the neck, however it is allowed the use of the knees, usually carried with the typical mechanics of the strokes of Thai matrix.


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