Enshin Kaikan (Enshin Karate) - Japanese Martial Arts

Black Belt Wiki is a free martial arts wiki. We will help you with Shotokan Kata, Taekwondo Forms, Kicks, Punches, Grappling, Aikido, Goju-Ryu, Krav Maga, Bo Staff, Kyokushin, Judo, Terminology, etc. You can also learn about different martial arts styles. This wiki will also improve your martial arts agility, balance, conditioning, flexibility, speed, etc. Please help others by adding info to this wiki. Page Date - 29 May 2017 21:29

FYI - We will be transferring to a new software platform during July (in order to be better viewed on mobile devices, etc). We apologize for any disruptions!! Hopefully (fingers triple crossed) things will be fully operational by the end of July.

Enshin Kaikan (Enshin Karate) - Japanese Martial Arts

Enshin Kaikan (Enshin Karate) is a style of full-contact Karate created by 1978 All-Japan Tournament champion Joko Ninomiya in 1988. The style is an offshoot of Ashihara Kaikan, itself an offshoot of Kyokushin. As a result of its lineage, Enshin contains all the striking techniques of Kyokushin, but differs due to its inclusion of Judo-styled sweeps and throws.

Enshin also puts a particular concentration on the Sabaki Method. This system seeks to turn an attacker's power against him and allow the martial artist to sidestep into an attacker's blind spot. According to the World Sabaki Challenge, Sabaki "means the natural way to use an opponent's force and energy against them, regardless of size." In practice, this amounts to a focus on using evasive movements and circular footwork to set up angles of attack. Enshin Karateka train for this by using parries and grabs to facilitate their circular footwork.

Enshin Kaikan is also famous for the "Sabaki Challenge". This is an annual full contact tournament held in Denver, Colorado where participants can achieve higher scores based on knockdowns, knockouts, etc. Participants do not fight with gloves or protective gear, with the exception of mouthguards and groin protectors. Martial artists from other styles can compete in this tournament if they follow the tournament rules. Notable champions include Ninomiya's own sons and UFC fighter Patrick Smith. Some dojos will also hold their own regional tournaments, separate from the main Sabaki Challenge, in order to help their students gain more fighting experience.

While Enshin focuses on full-contact techniques, it also uses kata (i.e. Kuro Obi No Kata). According to Matrix Martial Arts, Enshin's founder (Kancho Joko Ninomiya) "didn't bother with fancy names, instead the names are things like “shiro obi no kata”, or “ao obi no kata”, literally they are “white belt kata” and “blue belt kata” respectively. However, they include things that were heavily used in Kyokushin, but don’t exist in the original katas like Sanchin and Seisan, things like boxing style jab/cross combinations." Due to this modern approach, Enshin Kaikan's katas are more like choreographed shadowboxing than esoteric patterns.

Main Elements of Enshin

Demonstration of Enshin Kaikan Techniques

Video of the Sabaki Challenge

2014 San Francisco Sabaki Challenge




Resources on Amazon
Books on Karate

References

  1. World Sabaki Challenge, http://www.sabaki.com/, Added - 03/12/14
  2. Enshin Karate, http://enshin.com/, Added - 03/12/14
  3. Matrix Martial Arts, Practicality of Combat Style Karate Kata, and…, http://alcase.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/practicality-of-combat-style-karate-kata-and/, Added - 0/7/19/14


Please support this free martial arts wiki
by buying books & gear via the Amazon links below.


At no extra cost to you, Black Belt Wiki receives a small commission on purchases made through the links in this section. As an Amazon Associate, Black Belt Wiki earns from qualifying purchases such as martial arts books. This helps us to keep this wiki free for all visitors. Thank you for your support!!!

Latest Martial Arts Pages Added to Black Belt Wiki


Instructors. Black Belts & Martial Arts Enthusiasts

Help beginners by adding information to this website.
In return, we will link back to your martial arts school, blog or website.
This will help you to attract new students or readers!

Martial Arts Video of the Month - June 2018





Material on this wiki may not be copied or reproduced. All rights reserved.
This website is copyright protected under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
For other terms & conditions, please read our legal disclaimer and privacy policy.



This site is for informational purposes only. All martial arts techniques and fitness exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting or continuing any martial arts and/or physical fitness program.



Martial Arts
Shoes

By Style

By Brand

Martial Arts
Knee & Ankle Support

Popular
Martial Arts Books

Flexibility

How To Books

Karate

Taekwondo

Philosophy