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Kaizen Kan

Bas-I Kyokushin Karate Organization Arizona Hombu


Kaizen Kan is a traditional Japanese Dojo, teaching Kyokushin Karate and Shin Shin Ryu Iai-Jutsu in Tucson, Arizona.  We are a member dojo of the Bas-I Kyokushin Karate Organization and the Shin Shin Kai.  For information on classes please contact us at:



Kyokushin kaikan (極真会館) is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Sosai Masutatsu Oyama (大山倍達) Kyokushinkai is Japanese for "the society of the ultimate truth." Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. Its full contact style has had international appeal (practitioners have over the last 40+ years numbered more than 12 million).

Judo (meaning "gentle way") is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano (嘉納治五郎). Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent.

Shin Shin Ryu Iai-jutsu is a traditional Japanese sword art dating back to the feudal period.  The current Soke (Soke Yamada) is the 11th in the line, with the Hombu in Takayama, Gifu Ken, Japan.  Outside side Japan we are lead by International Remecho Carl McClafferty.  Kaicho McClafferty is a retired Chief Border Patrol Agent and teaches in the Tucson Area.




Egos in Martial Arts


Egos in martial arts

In my many years of training and teaching martial arts of many schools and styles, it never seems to amaze me the amount of people whose ego get in the way of their and otheir training.  Let’s face it, we all have one! At one level or another, but I believe this is why many of us train in Budo, to suppress, control and strive to eliminate our Ego or at least not allow it to harm our progression through this journey.  It looks to me as there are a few archetypes/character models that show up in every Ryu/Dojo/Academy.

  • The individual that appears to be after the affirmation of others, they do not feel secure in their own abilities or achievements.  In the training environment they need their ego cuddled, they continue to describe their abilities but never demonstrate them on the floor.  They know every UFC Fighter, every Brazilian Ju-Jitsu Professor, every Karate Sensei (etc.) and their respective strengths and weaknesses.  To the layman’s ear they may seem to know what they are actually talking about, except they only parroting the popular “cool guy” statements.


  • The Dojo Bully, this person can’t deal with the fact that “to win you must learn to lose”.  When the class spars or rolls, they have to win every fight/match.  Their ego does not allow them to think of their training partner and what they get out of this.  The senior student who takes advantage of the new guy/gal, and beats them from one end of the mat to other.   It is all about them.


  • The new student that refuses to control themselves, they strike with 100% when they work with a partner.  They don’t take instruction from the instructor because, they already know it.  They are just here to show the rest of us who good they are.  The end result is usually the same, they hurt someone or themselves and never come back. But the damage is already done.


  • The Teacher who believes he/she is the only true martial artist.  These types seem to be as common as any of the others, they convince their students that they are the only way to learn any arts.  All others are fakes and frauds.  Their students are not allowed to experience other schools or styles out of fear of being ”Hamon”, cast out.  If you move on, you are striped of your ranks (as if you never earned them).


Many years ago, I started training at a Kempo School (I will not name the school or the affiliations, as they were a good group of Martial Artists), this was the 2nd school I had trained at (I was at my first for approximately 15 years).  The instructors welcomed me and my friend who joined with me (This was his first time training in the Martial arts).  Shortly after joining, they asked me to start teaching a few of their classes in the evening.  We were training regularly, almost living there, 4 nights a week-3 + hours and on our lunch breaks for an hour (we worked just done the road from the school).

It was a good experience, the school accepted my experience and saw it as making the school stronger and more diverse.  After a few month or so teaching, I started to have problems with 2 of the students, a husband and wife.  They were relatively new to the school, but had been training at this particular school longer than me but had no prior experience.

The wife was the first archetype.  She knew it all and we knew nothing.  We (the teaching staff) were just here for her entertainment.  When the kihon got hard she quit, when the sparring started she was hurt and so on and so forth.  The husband on the other hand was the “Dojo Bully” type.  He did not take instruction well or at all, and wanted to argue about the Kihon and Waza, all though he had never done/tried them before.  He would consistently challenge the instructors to “you can’t do that to me”, and was wrong every time.   When sparing began, he would use is size to hurt smaller students, and when the seniors put him in his place, he would result to cheap shots and anger.  Lucky for us they both stopped coming after few hard sparing sessions that did not work out so well for him.

This is just one of many experience that I have witnessed and the negative outcome it creates.  Anyone else have any experiences they want to share on this topic?