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
The meaning of the name can be translated thus:
KAN--group or training hall.
Shidokan should not be confused with Shōrin-ryū Shidōkan, another style of Karate.
Yoshiji Soeno was born September 9th 1947, in TokorozawaShi, Saitama, Japan. From childhood, he was very interested in martial arts, and learned both Judo
. Originally he found that Karate was not strong compared to Judo, but when he was fifteen Karate had evolved and was becoming much stronger. He first studied Wado-ryu
and then joined Oyama Dojo (Kyokushinkai
) under Masutatsu Oyama
After entering Johsai University, he founded the Karatedo club and taught karate and kick-boxing. He also practiced Muay Thai in Bangkok, and Karate in the United States.
After graduating he opened ‘Soeno Dojo’ and ‘Soeno Gym’, giving lessons in both karate and kick-boxing. In 1981 he founded The World Karatedo Association Shidokan and The Japan Fighting Association New Fighting Shidokan.
Today, Shidokan has dojos all over the world, in Japan, USA, Sweden, France, Arab countries, Greece and Britain, taking an active part in increasing the awareness of Karatedo. The first Shidokan dojo in Britain started in May 1991 when Jean Jacques Burnel
returned from Japan and was graded by Soeno as 2nd Dan.
Shidokan USA, led by Shihan Eddie Yoshimura, has been one of the more successful branches in the last two decades. Based in Chicago, Illinois, Shidokan USA sponsors the World Shidokan and Team USA tournaments. Shihan Yoshimura coined the term "The Triathlon of Martial Arts" to reflect the nature of the tournaments, which feature two to three rounds each of bare-knuckle, full-contact karate, Muay Thai kickboxing, and MMA-style grappling.
Training includes all the traditional waza
, Muay Thai
. Holds, pull-downs, locks
, and strikes with the tibia and elbow are all part of the style.
The Dojokun is recited at the beginning and conclusion of every training session, allowing the students to reflect upon the guiding principles of Shidokan:
- Keep the Samurai spirit.
- Improve your character. Be polite to others.
- Train your mind and body.
- Live in a simple way. Love all mankind. Respect providence.
- Self-seeking fighting is not allowed.
- 11th kyu - white
- 10th kyu - purple
- 9th kyu - yellow
- 8th kyu - orange
- 7th kyu - blue
- 6th kyu - green
- 5th kyu - green
- 4th kyu - green
- 3rd kyu - brown
- 2nd kyu – brown
- 1st kyu – brown
- 1st dan (shodan) – black