View Full Version : What is Ichigeki?
11-29-2007, 02:21 PM
I know that maybe I'm an ignorant but If I am honest a really dont know what Ichigeki is. I know it is the Kyokushin's main shop...
But is it something more??
11-29-2007, 02:34 PM
Ichigeki means literally the ultimate strike .
It is also the new IKO 1 symbol .
11-29-2007, 03:28 PM
I know also it's the name of a Japanese Kyokushin Academy.
11-29-2007, 05:24 PM
ichigeki are many things.
it is from a phrase "Ichigeki Hissatsu" meaning roughly "decisive strike", it is the name of a IKO1 project to get knockdown karate fighters fighting (preferably successfully) in MMA and kickboxing, and is used both for the ichigeki competitions and the ichigeki gyms (in tokyo and brazil) associated with that project.
It is also the name of a store that is part of the ichigeki gym in tokyo.
It has been used as name for many kyokushin things. books, videos and so forth.
But when we talk about it here, it is usually about the ichigeki gym, the ichigeki events or sometimes the ichigeki stora. All part of the ichigeki project, run by IKO (Matsui).
The ichigeki project started to get more kyokushin fighters ready for k-1 kickboxing, but when k1 started focusing on MMA more, the ichigeki added that too.
The rules used are copies of the k-1 kickboxing and MMA rules.
The ichigeki events are usually equally divided between knockdown and kickboxing (and lately MMA) rule bouts. usually as single/superfights.
one, in 2004, was officially adopted as a k-1 event.
Basically it is a question of training established knockdown fighters for the new rules and preparing them to carry the kyokushin flag into other sports. partially with the help of outsiders as coaches (Ray Sefoīs old kickboxing coach is the head kickboxing coach in the Ichigeki gym in tokyo) but the idea is that with more experience kyokushin guys will take over (like Filho now runs the ichigeki gym in brazil).
They are also building a network of connections in the fightsport world, making the ichigeki gym the gym of choice in japan for many visiting top-level kickboxers. Its is not about moving a way from kyokushin, but about getting experience to make kyokushin work outside the knockdown karate rules.
11-29-2007, 07:11 PM
Thx for this info...
11-29-2007, 08:40 PM
Martin- great explanation!
There are a few threads of the Ichigeki shop/cafe/dojo/gym that is located in Ebisu, Tokyo...I have posted pics from last year, most recently NZ Proud visited and posted pics...
11-29-2007, 11:09 PM
I think in late 90's the term ichigeki became really famous when Shihan Fransisco Filho was competing in K-1 and scored a few one strike knockouts.
11-30-2007, 10:57 AM
i think to remember "ichi geki" was involved by sosai. one punch/blow/strike.