In addition to our Shotokan training, we also practice Kissaki-Kai Karate-Do created by Sensei Vince Morris (http://www.kissakikarate.com/history.htm).
Kissaki-Kai Karate is recommended to those who wish to pursue karate as a martial art where self-defense is a priority. It focuses on reality-based fighting scenarios. This distinguishes it from the regulated dojo-sparring approaches of traditional Shotokan. Kissaki-Kai involves fighting at close range, and it makes use of street-effective blocks, strikes to pressure points on the human body, and functional kicks. Practicing Kissaki-Kai techniques does involve some risk, so we always stress that each individual is responsible for his/her partner's safety when executing the various drills.
Kissaki-Kai's philosophy is encapsulated by a set of principles compiled by Sensei Morris which dictate how an assailant can be brought under control or incapacitated very quickly. More details can be found at: http://www.practical-martial-arts.co.uk/practical_karate/vince_morris/vm05_rules.html http://www.amazon.com/Rules-Combat-Development-Warrior-Tactics/dp/0953932508
One of the most fascinating aspects of Kissaki-Kai, and why many Shotokan practitioners find it appealing, is that it complements their knowledge and understanding of kata, by providing real-life applications for some of the basic kata moves that we practice on a regular basis. Indeed, Kissaki-Kai unravels kata from its encrypted and symbolic form into a veritable toolbox of self-defense techniques.
The training is held weekly in our dojo and is open to yellow belts and above. For Kissaki Kai training times, click here. Some club members also travel periodically to Sensei Morris' dojo in Marlton NJ to train with him.