All-Round Fighting

Kyokushin Budokai, also known as All-Round Fighting (ARF), is an innovative fighting system created by Jon Bluming Kaicho. It is acknowledged worldwide to be the original mixed martial arts style. The roots of the system started in the 1960’s, when our Founder began fusing Judo with Kyokushin Full Contact Karate. At that time he was one of the highest ranked European Kyokushin Full Contact Karate instructors, training directly under Sosai Mas Oyama. He was also a brilliant Judo fighter. Kaicho’s pragmatic worldview and understanding of violence, made him realise that combining both arts gave a fighter an extraordinary advantage. Over the years, through trial and error, Kaicho doggedly developed his ARF system. He called it All-Round because it adapts to control the opponent you’re fighting. Soon others where drawn to ARF and different disciplines added to the ARF’s knowledge-base. There really is only one important factor… You have to fight! After all, this is a working martial art in the true sense of the word. Different ARF instructors use a variety of striking techniques such as Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Kyokushin Full Contact Karate and even open hand strikes. Their groundwork is also varied, with Judo, Ju-Jutsu, Sambo, BJJ or Catch Wrestling being utilised for throws, takedowns and groundwork. So, when visiting other ARF clubs, or attending one of our large camps, you can discover and explore a range of techniques. This unique aspect of the IBK is something many other organisations will not let you experience. Therefore, ARF allows you to develop as a fighter in a manner that suits your character and body type. You can test yourself on the ARF competition circuit. The format, while testing all aspects of your training, is safe, regulated and refereed to the highest standard. You’ll have to adjust your tactics according to your opponents preferred skills. In this way you develop more fully as a true All-Round Fighter! We have many accredited dojos throughout the world. All our instructors have been verified and can be found on this website. So what are you waiting for? Come and train with the world’s best Kyokushin Budokai instructors. Unlock your potential and true inner fighter! Join now!