Traditional Full-Contact Karate


Kyokushin Karate is the real deal.  Founded in the early 1960’s by the late Grandmaster Masutatsu Oyama, influenced by his training in Shotokan and Goju Ryu.  Like these other systems, Kyokushin can be considered traditional karate – incorportating many traditional aspects: kihon (basics), ido-geiko (moving basics), goshin-jitsu (self-defense) and kata (forms).

What really sets Kyokushin apart is the basis in real contact.  Our training focuses on techniques and principles that work.  While we do spend  significant amount of time studying aspects of self-defense, a large influence is full-contact competition (known as knockdown in Kyokushin).  Not everyone who joins the dojo is expected to compete, but those who do bring valuable experience back to the group.  Full-contact tournament fighting definitely isn’t the same as a street fight – but without a doubt, the skill of giving and taking hard shots will carry over to any real fight.

The Japanese translation of “kyokushin” is as follows: KYOKU – ultimate; SHIN – truth. Kyokushin is therefore translated as “the search for the ultimate truth”.  There is nothing more truthful than real fighting.


At Meikyo Dojo, we teach Kyokushin Karate the traditional way.  Our curriculum covers the entirety of the system, and therefore our classes can vary quite a bit.  The one thing you can expect any night in the dojo, is a good hard workout.  Expect to sweat.  Not as obvious, is the intellectual stimulation you will find in the dojo.  Everything we teach is rooted in deep principles.  Physics and anatomy ultimately dictate what works and what doesn’t.


Meikyo can be translated as “a brightly polished mirror”, or “mirror of the soul.”  The essence of karate can be viewed as the continuous polishing of our technique and ourselves.  It is through this persistence to “polish” that we make gradual improvements to body and mind.  Dojo translates to training hall, making Meikyo Dojo a place to polish the body and mind.


Nick Savery, Sensei, began his training in Kyokushin over 25 years ago at the age of 7. He graded for his Shodan (1st degree blackbelt) in October 2004, Nidan (2nd degree blackbelt) in April 2010, and Sandan (3rd degree blackbelt) in November 2015 under Shihan Tom Flynn. Over his long Kyokushin career, Sensei Nick has had the great fortune of training with many highly regarded names in Kyokushin, including Kancho Yoshikazu Suzuki, Hanshi Daigo Oishi, Shihan Tomoyuki Monma, Shihan Cameron Quinn, Shihan Judd Reid, Shihan Randolf James and Shihan Michael Lorden. Nick is also an active Knockdown competitor competing in the US and Canada as well as the So-Kyokushin World Championship in Shizuoka, Japan in 2016.

Outside of the dojo, Sensei Nick works as an Embedded Software Engineering consultant. His strong background in science and engineering gives Sensei Nick a unique perspective on his study of karate. Students receive the benefit of a deeper understanding of the body mechanics and physics that can be leveraged for the effective application of karate.

What does all of this mean for you?  If you are looking for a great place to train, with a focus on real traditional karate, then Meikyo Dojo is the place for you.  Don’t take our word for it, come in and give us a try.  For the next few days we’re offering the chance to try our classes for two weeks for $9 (we’re also throwing in a free uniform, making this an incredible deal).  Click the button below and use the coupon code “LEGKICK” to unlock this amazing price.  Don’t wait though as we can only afford to offer this to the first 5 people to take us up on this offer.  We hope to see you soon!

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