KUDO is a Japanese M.M.A.
combat sport developed from the combatives
( Combat ) Karate.
founder Grand Master
Takashi Azuma initially trained
in Kyokushin Karate
was a direct student of the great Kyokushinkai
Mas Oyama ( Pictured left ).
1980 Grand Master
Azuma ( 9th Dan ), the 1977 Kyokushin
Karate All-Japan Champion, parted
from Mas Oyama's Kyokushin
Karate organisation so that he
could develop a more complete combat system,
in part on his experiences in real life
unarmed combat situations as a Tokyo city
He named of his new combatives system
( Combat ) Karate combines...
Kyokushin Karate techniques for
( Kicks, Punches, Knees, Elbows, Open-Palm-Strikes
and Head Butts )
Judo techniques for Grappling (
Takedowns and Submissions ).
It is a modern and practical combat system.
Note : There has no Kata's within the
syllabus as seen in traditional styles
Grand-Master Azuma set up the
Kakuto-Karate International Federation
to help develop Combat
( Picture : early logo for the Association
KAKUTO KARATE International
As Kakuto-Karate evolved,
fighters wanted to compete using mixed martial arts
rules that allowed Striking and Grappling. From
this the M.M.A. Combat-Sport of KUDO
KUDO soon became very
popular as a Combat-Sport and the Kakuto-Karate
International Federation changed its name
to KUDO International Federation
( K.I.F. ).
Further evolution of the sport saw Kickboxing Striking
techniques adapted rather than Kyokushin Striking
techniques as fighters sought more optimal methods.
It is often said the Karate, while wearing Gloves
for competition is Kickboxing and Kickboxing, without
Gloves for Self-Defence is Karate!
KUDO is often described
today as Kickboxing
mixed with JUDO,
hence the name KUDO.
Many Kickboxing schools have adopted KUDO
for their M.M.A. programs.
KAKUTO ( COMBAT
a Japanese term for 'Combat'.
means 'empty hand' being a term used to describe
Hence Karate means 'unarmed'.
Kakuto ( Combat ) Karate
is an 'All-round-fighting'
system, utilising Kicks, Punches, Knees, Elbows,
Open-Palm strikes and Headbutts when standing
or grounded along with throws, sweeps, and submissions.
Joints attacks as well as attacking vulnerable
parts of the body such as the the eyes with finger
rakes ( Shredder ) is also an intergral part of
In the U.K. unfortunately there is no National
Federation for the combat sport of KUDO.
Therefore Instructors and Students are registered
and insured using their Kakuto
( Combat ) Karate grades with the
British Combat Karate Association.
The B.C.K.A. is the
leading authority in the U.K. for specialist training
in modern practical Combatives ( Self-Defence
Several U.K. based schools, lead by Shin-Sen-Juku,
Okami-Dojo and Tatsu Dojo have formed a SHIBU
( Working Group )
that supports K.I.F.
( Kudo International Federation
) events when Grand Master Azuma attends the U.K.
Combat Karate Association is
Peter Costerdine ( 9th
Dan - B.C.K.A. ) and
Geoff Thompson (
8th Dan - B.C.K.A.
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In the U.K. COMBAT
KARATE is organised though the British
Combat Karate Association ( B.C.K.A.
group specialises in modern practical self-defence
combatives and is lead by Peter
Costerdine 9th Dan, & Geoff
Thompson 8th Dan.
( 9th Dan - B.C.K.A.)
delivers a kick to
( 8th Dan - B.C.K.A. )
Costerdine has worked worldwide within
the close protection business, as seen here
during a security operation to well known
global celebraties the Beckhams.
Thompson ( 8th Dan B.C.K.A. ),
is also a celebrated author who has published
several best selling books on 'REAL'
self defence combat methods.
These books have become required reading
across the martial arts industry for anyone
who either wants to research the subject
of self-defence or who wishes to offer combatives
instruction to others.
One of his most famous books, "Three
Second Fighter" concentrates
on how to utilise what is known in the Karate
world as ICHI-GEKI,
meaning ULTIMATE STRIKE!
what most combatants search for in a live
situation, the One-Strike-Finish!
combat sport has increased in popularity
across the globe during the last three decades,
and there are now more than 40 participant
countries that attend the World Championships,
known as the Hokutoki,
Left, one of the most famous KUDO
Schilts of Holland, who also went
on to become a Heavyweight
World Kickboxing Champion, capturing
K-1 World Grandprix title
and also held the GLORY
Kickboxing 'World Super-Heavyweight Title'.
The Ultimate Combat-Sport allowing Kicks,
Punches, Knees, Elbows, Throwing, Submissions
: ( Championships ):
from the Hokutoki - Japan!
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Photo from " COMBUDO
- 5 "
a Multi-Styled martial arts event that featured
fighters from Kakuto-Combat-Karate, KUDO, Ju-Jitsu
U.K. 'SHIBU' ( Working-Group
) Instructor Photo :
Anas Mohamed ( 3rd Dan ) , Lee Hasdell ( 8th Dan
Peter Costerdine ( 9th Dan ), and Neil Holden
( 7th Dan ).
Just as JUDO is the
'Olympic' combat-sport developed from the combatives
system of JAPANESE JU-JITSU.
KUDO is the 'Mixed-Martial-Arts' combat-sport
developed from the combatives system of KAKUTO-KARATE.
It is hoped that one day KUDO
will also become an Olympic Combat Sport alongside
The Okami-Dojo Wolf-Gym will support Grand
Master Azuma in his quest!
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