Koshiki Match

Koshiki Match
Originally uploaded by MikeOliveri

The Academy of Okinawan Karate held its Winter Tournament on Saturday. I only managed to capture a few pictures and videos, but I sat on a lot of panels as a judge. That was an interesting experience in itself.

I’m waiting for YouTube to process the first video and I have a few more to put together and upload, but I wanted to post this picture quick. This is a koshiki match, which is fighting in armor. With heads, torsos, and groins protected, this is a full contact sparring match. Here Jason has just scored a point punching Josh in the face.

This is the second time I’ve seen a match, and it’s interesting stuff. It’s probably the only way to put one’s karate to the test without showing up for work the next day looking like an extra from the set of Fight Club. I’d like to try it myself sometime, but I think my speed is still a bit slow in our regular sparring matches and I wonder if I should work on that first. I have more power than most of the students I spar with regularly, and I’m not sure it evens things out here or not.

It’s something I’m going to have to talk to my instructors about.

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Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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