About the IFK
ABOUT THE IFK
One of the distinguishing features of kyokushin training anywhere is that with each grading you are required to demonstrate your command of everything up to and including the grade for you are being examined, not just the material for the current grading, and you are expected to show improvement for all material learned for previous gradings. The underlying philosophy is that when you reach the black belt levels, you are not only a karateka, but also a teacher and exemplar (as indeed you should be all the way through) for grades junior to you. Thus, if you cannot demonstrate a command of all techniques and kata from previous gradings, then you probably shouldn't be going for the next grade.
The IFK has a structured syllabus that takes you all the way to 3rd dan. The basis of this syllabus was put together by Hanshi Arneil, and it still forms the basis of a lot of syllabi, even non-IFK ones, in Europe and elsewhere. With each grade, you are exposed to more techniques and kata with increasing complexity, and by the time you get about half way to black belt, you are also expected to be able teach basic classes. While we do train for kumite (both full-contact and point-sparring), the emphasis is always on being a karateka first, and then on being a fighter. Anyone can be a fighter. To be a better fighter, you need be able to do karate too.
The IFK also runs international training camps for all grades and some just for Black Belts. The BKK Summer Camp in England is the most popular one, but other countries also run their own, as do we here in Australia,
Some of the bigger international camps are usually low cost, and are run for the benefit of the participants. Hanshi Arneil and his senior Shihans (Nick DaCosta, David Pickthall, Jeff Whybrow, Viktor Fomin, Klaus Ming, Edi Gabathuler to name just a few) personally teach at these camps. You must however be a member of the IFK to participate in these camps.
The IFKKA also run Summer Camps. The first ran in 2003 and we've had one every year since then. We have invited instructors from other styles to come and showcase their styles for us in special sessions set aside for that purpose. In 2014 and 2015, Shihan David Pickthall came to teach at our camps, and he will be coming again in 2016.