What We Do

Full Contact Karate

The art of Karate was developed in Okinawa and brought over to the mainlands in the 20th century.  The characters (空手) translate to mean empty hand. Karate is a striking art that implements the use of kicking, knee strikes,punching, elbows and open other hand techniques. Our style focuses on Kihon ( basics), Kata (forms) and Kumite ( fighting).

We are the full contact karate school in Raleigh North Carolina.  Full contact simply indicates that we are a fighting school.  Sparring is not a sometimes thing, rather it is an essential part of our training curriculum. All techniques practiced are under the guidance of trained instructor and control taught.    There is no better way to test out the effectiveness of technique other than to just do it.   Our style is based off the teachings of “Grandmaster” Soshu Shigeru Oyama and his top instructors.

Our classes are designed to help one improve their self-esteem and self control.  We believe that what we practice in the dojo applies to real life scenarios. Through Karate one can acquire skills and knowledge to mediate conflicts.   Students of all ages can expect to have increased problem solving skills, increased leadership skills, respect for others and their communities

We have seen many of our children demonstrate increased focus and concentration which has carried over into their academics.   We have had an increase in impulsive behaviors and an increase in the ability to mediate conflicts effectively.  Through Karate our children have demonstrated increased coordination and development of their fine and gross motor skills.

No matter what age, through karate each individual learns the importance of practice and persistence to reach their personal goals

What to expect

Each of our classes begin and end with meditation (Mokuso).  It is during this time the student learns to clear their mind and focus on training. At the end of class, it also affords students the opportunity to reflect on their training prior to going back to their regular routine.  Once the class begins, we start with stretching.


is essential in physical exercise; done to prevent injuries and to improve overall karate technique. Stretching is done at the beginning and end of each class. It is also encouraged that students stretch on a daily basis when not attending class.

Kihon Geiko

This term refers to training in the basics, or the foundations of karate. Kihon Geiko incorporates traditional karate stances with the fundamentals of punching and kicking techniques.

Ido Geiko

This is Kihon Geiko put in motion. Students learn to bring together the footwork and striking techniques learned from basics


This term refers to karate forms; sequences of movements that help the student combine various karate techniques. Kata help the student acquire body control, teaching the student movements that change body speed from fast to slow and slow to fast. Knowing when to use strength, when to relax, timing, when to execute the proper technique and breathing to control strength and stamina. Katas are also practiced with various traditional weapons.

Yakusoku Kumite

This term refers to the practicing of prearranged fighting techniques. One student might attack while the other blocks, or there might be an exchange of attacks and defenses. In Yakusoku Kumite, each student knows what he or she will do and what his or her partner will do.

Jissen Kumite

Full contact fighting Here students practice sparring and learn how to fight and defend themselves. In kumite, students get the chance to create their own combinations or techniques and develop their own style of fighting. Fighting is controlled.

Physical Fitness

All aspects of our training focus on becoming physically fit.  The classes are challenging, yet people from every skill level can participate to their skill level.    It is not unusual for our classes to have some non-karate exercises such as burpees, sit-ups, push-ups, squats, interval training and other exercises.

Bushiken Karate, Saint-Cyr Dojo

916 Rock Quarry Road Suite 109 | Raleigh NC 27610 919-526-0503