Fighting For a Right to Fight

The Martial Way

Three karate fighters from Toronto, Ontario are preparing for a trip to Montreal, because Ontario won’t allow them to display their skills.

Larissa Isk and Jhonattan Adames are preparing for semi-contact, and Norihiro Yoshida full-contact.

All three train in Kyokushin Karate, a style founded in Japan in 1964 by Masutatsu Oyama. Kyokushin is Japanese for “the ultimate truth“. Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. The full contact style has huge international appeal, with millions of practitioners worldwide. It still remains less popular in North America, and specifically Canada, than other styles. Mostly because, unlike other styles of karate, kyokushin is full contact, and full contact remains illegal in most of Canada.

From the 2014 British Open From the 2014 British Open

So, our three fighters have to travel to Montreal, where though it still remains illegal, the Quebec government tends to turn a blind eye.

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