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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.




Kagami Baraki

January 10th 2015 at 12:00 pm, we will be holding our yearly Kagami Baraki training.  This will also be our official grand opening in our new location.  every one is welcome all styles and grades, please come help us bring in the new year.

We are also still running our grand opening specials:

First month at $85 + free students uniform

First 35 keep the intro price for 6 months ( limited time only)


Special guests to be announced soon

And So It Begins


Tomorrow, we start at our new location with a new and improved schedule, training 6 days a week!  The sign went up tonight!  we have been open as "Open Floor Training" for a few hours a day this week and each day people came and trained. I could not be happier!  Please if you are every in the Tucson area come down and train, Kyokushin or Iai.  Our vision is to create a small pocket of Traditional Japanese Budo here in Arizona.  In the near future language and cultural classes will be come available. 



"Don't ask, just do!"



Enrollment/Introductory Rate Special!

Starting on October 25th will be offering an special introductory rate of $85 + a free student uniform for first month!  Also an additional offer of the first 35 students to enroll will keep the intro rate ($85 per month) for the first 6 months! Unlimited Training!

Pass the word we now have a 1,000 sgf of training space! 


Staff Kaizen Kan

New Location and Schedule!


This will be our last of week training at Zonafitness.  The owners Tom and Dawn and their staff have been great to us for the last year (10 months), but it is time for us to move into our own location.  October 18th at 12:30pm we will hold our fall promotion and close out our time at Zona.  There will be no training until October 25th (1 week), to get the final touches on the Dojo finished.

Our new address is 9431 East 22nd Street Suite 161, Tucson Arizona 85710.  We are located in the Frys complex, West of Target. Doors will be open at 4pm Monday through Friday.  Our new schedule:

  • Mondays: 5pm and 6pm Kyokushin Karate
  • Tuesdays:  5pm and 6pm Kyokushin Karate
  • Wednesdays: 4pm (kids 45 min) 5pm and 6pm Kyokushin Karate
  • Thursdays: 5pm Shin Shin Ryu Iai-jutsu and 6pm open floor
  • Fridays: 4pm (kids 45 min) 5pm and 6pm Kyokushin Karate
  • Saturdays:  11am (kids 45 min), 12pm and 1pm Kyokushin Karate


In short, training this week as normal, promotion/testing on Saturday the 18th at 12:30.  No training next week until Saturday the 25th at 11:00am.  Exciting times!




Osu, Tonight guest


Tonight we were lucky enough to have a guest Sensei from New York, Sensei Greg Giovaniello of Kai Fuku Ryu (Kyokushin).  Sensei Giovaniello was a everything a Kyokushin Sensei should be, humble, friendly and knowledgeable (a kyokushin historian, I was humbled by his wealth of knowledge).  Unfortunately he is heading home tomorrow (back to New York) and was only able to make one class.  I speak for everyone when I say thank you and have a safe trip home!



Sensei Bill

Osu, Great News!


It is official, yesterday we signed a lease for our own location.  We will be about 10 minutes up the road.  Construction and cleaning has already began and we hope to be training full time in the new location between October 20th and November 1st, with an official grand opening in late January or early February (timed with Kagamibaraki).  Our time at Zona Fitness has been great and will be working on partnerships in the future.  The new schedule will have Daily Kyokushin Classes and the return of Shin Shin Ryu Class (Iai, Japanese sword) and will be available soon!




Mr. Franco


Mr. Franco had a small vehicle accident last night, We were out with him until the early morning hours making sure everything was taken care of.  Please wish him well and keep him in your thoughts.  He is a little sore and banged up but is fine, he is strong!



Tucson Parks and Rec


We are happy to announce that starting next Saturday, I will begin teaching a 6 week intro course to Karate at the Tucson Parks and Rec.  This program will run in 6 week sessions and classes will be held on Saturday mornings.  I hope to show the new students the Kyokushin way  & help start them on their journey through Karate and Budo.



Sensei Larry


Sensei Larry is going through some medical issues and we wish him a speedy recovery, it has been a long road back and we hope he gets there soon!  Osu sensei

Tonight class was strong, and full of spirit, makes an old Sensei happy (well not that old).



Osu, By Sensei Larry


In my opinion:
The meaning of "OSU" is often over looked. Many students use this phrase in our Dojos with a casual air of tradition. As I matured in my training, OSU became more simple and clearly defined. Words from other
cultures do not always translate to English fully. I believe OSU means you have my full attention..
OSU is a very Zen mind set (no past ,future, only the moment before you). This allows you to be 100% in the moment.. It  means focus,
purpose, reaction, and maximum result of ones efforts as well as genuine and  honest respect.

" KaiZen..! "
Sensei Larry Swanser

4th Dan Kyokushin Karate

2nd World Seido Karate