Q: What makes ‘modern karate’, specifically the GCL Method of Modern Karate, different than other styles of karate? What makes this karate unique?
A: This system of karate prepares students for real-deal, no rules, no one to help you, full-contact fighting.
Our ‘style’ comes from a long-line of traditional-yet-modern full-contact (“knockdown”) karate schools, specifically Kyokushinkai and Enshin. Our focus, however, is not on winning tournaments, but surviving violent encounters with one or more opponents, both ‘armed’ and ‘unarmed’. Its nickname, Shigaisen, is a noun meaning “street fighting” in the Japanese language.
While we do like the aesthetic (and notoriously tough training) of traditional karate, we also realize that we live in the 21st century. And we live in the United States, with its rising crimes rates (hate crimes in particular); and its long history (and current reality) of the celebration and glorification of violence (and its numerous and varied justifications). T…
Martial arts involvement among the youth has been described in controversial terms. Studies regarding the effects of martial arts practice on youth show contrasting images.
While some refer to enhanced personal and social opportunities for those that participate, others warn against increased levels of aggressiveness and antisocial behavior among its participants. The aim of the present review is to provide, firstly, an overview of the major findings of studies concerning the social-psychological outcomes of martial arts practice.
Secondly, the limitations of those studies are discussed. From more than 350 papers, collected during a two-year lasting literature study, 27 papers met all criteria to be included in this study.
This review revealed that even though a considerable amount of research on social-psychological outcomes of martial arts practice has been conducted over the years, to date, it has not brought clarity in the existing duality regarding the possible effects of mart…