Learn about Enshin Kaikan (Enshin Karate) - Japanese Martial Arts

Join this free martial arts wiki & community. Add info to wiki & help beginners with Shotokan Kata, Kicks, Punches, Grappling, Taekwondo Forms & Patterns, Aikido, Goju-Ryu, Krav Maga, Bo Staff, Judo, Kyokushin, etc. Fitness experts can help with Hojo Undo, Strength Training, Core Exercises, Warm-Ups, Balance, Stretching, etc. Meet your fellow martial artists by joining our Wiki Community.

Learn about 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


  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

Join our free martial arts wiki & community.
Meet other martial artists. Ask questions. Discuss martial arts techniques, kata, etc.
You can also join via Facebook.

Black Belt Wiki - Books | DVDs | Kata | Kids | Shoes | Sparring | Uniforms | Used

Wiki Recommendations by Google

New Posts on the Wiki Community

  • Sparring Gear, Medieval Armor or Industrial Footwear? You might find this an interesting "upgrade" to your existing martial arts sparring shin guards. :) Seriously, I think it is some type of industrial protective footwear. Ellwood Safety Appliance 323 Aluminum Shin-Instep Guard Amazon link to the produ...
  • The Definition of Martial Arts How would you define a martial arts in 50 words or less? Try to make your definition cover all aspects so no martial arts style is forgotten (i.e. weapon-based martial arts). Don't look at a dictionary because the answer can be incomplete as there are ...
  • A Couple of less well known Karate Techniques Here are a couple of traditional Okinawan Karate Techniques that are still practiced (to some degree) in a few styles but are on the whole forgotten! http://www.karatebyjesse.com/2-okinawan-karate-deadly-techniques/
  • Functional Kata I have been working on the Ashihara Karate section of the wiki. I like how they break out their kata by function. Rather than some elaborate traditional kata with a huge variety of moves (i.e. kicks, punches, throws, sweeps, etc.) & hidden meaning/tech...
  • Dog and dog owner defense. Recently my 6 yr old was charged by a "friendly dog"... he ran into the street in fear. Thankfully this is a slow street. The owner is being a bag of snot. Saying "my dog never bit any one" and getting an attitude when I quote the leash and fence l...

Highly Rated Posts on the Wiki Community

At no extra cost to you, Black Belt Wiki makes a small commission if you buy products via these Amazon links. Your purchase helps keep this wiki free for all visitors. Thank you for your support!

If you spot a typo, non-working video or missing information, please tell us & we will fix immediately!
Also help beginners & add your knowledge to this free wiki.

Material on this wiki may not be copied or reproduced without the written approval of Black Belt Wiki.
All rights reserved. For other terms & conditions, please read our legal disclaimer. 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.

Join the Black Belt Wiki Community
We hope you will join our free martial arts wiki & community.
Talk to other martial artists. Ask questions. Help beginners.
You can also join via Facebook.

Martial Arts
Products & Services