Although new to the Triangle under the name “Triangle Bushido Club,” the Ligo Dojo “Budo Club” has long existed as a supplementary program for advanced and intermediate Ligo Dojo students of Kyokushin Karate who wish to make an extra time commitment to learn this exciting supplementary curriculum.
Historically, Ligo Dojo students have participated in a minimum of two 2-hour karate classes per week in order to qualify for “Budo Club” participation at a frequency of one time per week. Here, we reverse this ratio for new students who may be less interested in full-contact karate as primary, but who might instead be interested in an approach to traditional Japanese martial arts through material that we have heretofore considered supplemental.
Since Sensei Ligo is generally spending hours per day practicing this material outside of the evening class schedule, the “Triangle Bushido Club” invitation is partially for new students to join him on a private, or semi-private basis for a personally-tailored training schedule that includes two sessions of the formerly-supplemental content per week, while also encouraging new members to attend at least one evening karate class per week,
While there are opportunities for a lot MORE training than this (Club members are not limited to the number of karate classes they can attend, there are tournaments, and even trips to Japan, etc.), we mention this here to suggest the healthy MINIMUM of what your training schedule should be in order to support an acceptable growth curve, i.e. two private or semi-private sessions, and one evening karate class, per average week.
Bunkai (the study of the application of karate KATA movements) involves drilling applicable self-defense moves that we find embedded within all traditional kata. Bunkai informs kata (and makes the kata more advanced), and also informs kumite (making fighting more dynamic). Bunkai and kata by itself, however, can not be a complete instruction of self-dense without some exposure to contact training (sparring) introducing elements of improvisation, surprise, and inherent risk/danger. Below, Club members practice defense from head/face attacks. Notice, this is predominately achieved, in this specific exercise, without contact.