Kyokushinkai Karate is a hard, full-contact style.
Therefore, some believe that the only people who can practice Kyokushin are tough, strong young men at the height of their physical capabilities.
Of course, nothing is further from the truth.
Yes, Kyokushin training and sparring are among the tougher —and even maybe the toughest— in martial arts today.
And this is why we train and love Kyokushin karate.
However, Kyokushin teachers also understand that each and every person is different, and have their own goals and capabilities.
Of course, if you're strong, practicing Kyokushin Karate would be easier for you to practice, but everybody can benefit from our training.
Full-contact sparring, although super important in Kyokushin, is not everything: some students prefer semi-contact sparring, or some other areas, like sport competitions, self-defense, conditioning, kata, basics, physical training, or on improving their health and well-being.
Some other people train Kyokushin just because they love its Japanese culture, traditions and ceremonies.
There are even certain students who train Kyokushin simply because they enjoy the friendship and social aspects of the dojo life!
And that's fine. Everybody has different objectives.
Kyokushin instructors know this and are more than willing to work directly with each and every student to help them achieve their individual goals.
Of course, this also means that there's no limit on age, gender, or physical skills to train, our doors are open for everybody: men, women, children, teenagers, senior citizens, or even people who may require certain adaptations.
Are you out of shape or overweight? Not a problem! Just start training at your own pace and you'll notice how your body gets stronger and faster with time.
However, this does not mean that training won't be hard: it certainly will be. After all, it's Kyokushin Karate!
But it's not about the Sensei pushing you to become better than him, or than your training partner: it's about you pushing yourself to become better today than yesterday.
There's only one essential requirement, though: you need to keep on training!
Always remember that your main opponent —the one you need to keep focused on beating, on becoming better than —it's yourself, and nobody else.