Shoot Boxing

Shoot boxing is a combat sport which allows kicking, punching, throwing, and standing submission. It was developed from kickboxing by Caesar Takeshi. Shoot boxing was developed in the wake of kickboxing’s peak of popularity in Japan, around 1981. Drawing inspiration from several forms of martial arts, and directly derived from a martial art known as Shooto, shoot boxing was created in...

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Shintai Do

Shintai Do (心体道), meaning “the Way of the Body and the Spirit”, is a recently founded martial art, originated in Italy. Shintai Do must not be confused with Shintaido, the body movement derived from traditional martial arts founded in Japan in the sixties by Master Aoki. The Shintai Do is a way that includes joint locks, atemi (or blows), throws, realistic...

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Shinkendo

Shinkendo is a martial art that teaches the way of armed samurai combat. Shin can be translated as serious, ken as sword, and do as way, validating Shinkendo’s traditional English translation as “Way of the Serious Sword.” The primary focus is on use of the katana. Study of Japanese Swordsmanship has become very popular in the twenty-first century, but qualified schools and...

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Shidokan

Shidokan (士道館, Shidokan) karate is sometimes described as the triathlon of martial arts, as it encompasses knockdown (otherwise known as bare knuckle) karate, Muay Thai, and grappling. Tournaments are full contact and are normally held in a boxing ring. Shidokan Karate was created by Yoshiji Soeno and originated in his training in Kyokushin karate. Shidokan should not be...

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Shindo Yoshin Ryu

Shindo Yoshin Ryu (新道楊心流), meaning “New Way of the Willow Heart School” is a traditional school (koryu) of Japanese martial arts, teaching primarily the art of jujutsu. The Shindo Yoshin-ryu tradition was founded late in the Edo period by a Kuroda clan retainer named Matsuoka Katsunosuke (1836–1898). Shindo Yoshin-ryu is heavily influenced by two...

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Puroresu

Professional wrestling in Japan is commonly known as Purofesshonaru Resuringu, usually abbreviated to Puroresu. The first Japanese to become a professional wrestler in the Western style was former sumo wrestler Sorakichi Matsuda, who went to the United States in the 1880s and was somewhat successful. Attempts by him to popularize the game in his native land, however, fell short and he ended...

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Nippon Kempo

Nippon Kempo is a Japanese martial art that engages in full-contact bouts using a full range of techniques wearing specially developed protective gear. Developed in 1932 by Muneomi Sawayama the art places an equal emphasis on striking techniques using hands and feet, immobilization and controls, projections and take-downs. Nippon Kempo is a defensive art that does not restrict students in...

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Nanbudo

Nanbudo is a relatively recent martial art, of Japanese origin. It was founded by Yoshinao Nanbu (1943—) in 1978. It has its roots in many Japanese systems such as aikido, karate and judo. The system of martial arts known as Nanbudo was founded in 1978 by Doshu Yoshinao Nanbu. Mr. Nanbu was born in 1943 in Kobe (Japan), in the Nanbu family, a traditional Bushi (Samurai) family from...

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Nakamura Ryu

Nakamura Ryu Happogiri Battodo is a modern battojutsu style created by Nakamura Taizaburo, Hanshi 10th dan Shodai Soke, Nakamura-ryu . Nakamura developed battodo while teaching kenjutsu in northern China. He was inspired by the idea that eiji happo (the eight rules of calligraphy) could be applied to swordsmanship. He began to organize his understandings into a system of practical...

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Kyokushin Kaikan

Kyokushin Karate, it’s a contest and everything that implies, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest. Kyokushin kaikan (極真会館) is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Masutatsu Oyama (大山倍達, Oyama Masutatsu) who was born under the name Choi Yong-I (최영의). Kyokushinkai is Japanese for “the...

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