Sunday 19th of August 2018

TSG-Karate is a modern and realistic style that has been developed by Soke David C. Cook 10th Dan. Soke Cook has used his over 40 years experience of teaching Budo to develop this style. 

The TSG-Karate system is built around 12 newly developed Kata that contain realistic and effective fighting combinations. These combinations are suitable for various forms of fighting and also self-defence.

The style includes some Throws and Takedowns, Control Positions and some Joint Locks and Chokes.

Unlike most traditional styles these Kata are always practised with an Uke (training partner). The style is designed to be suitable for a large range of students; children and adults, male or female, people training for fitness and as a hobby, and also serious students of Budo.



The TSG–Mix Fight is a style Soke Cook started developing in 1995, it is a system that contains a wide range of fighting techniques including striking, kicking, throws and takedowns and also grappling.

The Basics, Fighting Drills and Fighting Combinations contain most aspects of mixed fighting.

The throws have been chosen for students who prefer standing fighting. The students learn to punch and kick first and if necessary take their opponent down to the floor and “finish the fight” with some suitable techniques.

Just as with the kicks and punches, a couple of new throws are taught for each grade and the same applies to the joint locks and strangles & chokes. The basic control positions are spread out through the first couple of grades.



The TSG-Grappling system contains standing wrestling, takedowns and grappling. It is suitable both for training in a traditional Gi and in modern grappling training clothing.

The system has a new and revolutionary way of teaching. The focus is on the Basic Drills and on the Grappling Drills. These improve the student’s technical knowledge and the way to move in almost every situation. There are also Joint Lock Drills for remembering the many different variations of joint locks.

In the beginning we teach basic positions in Basic Drills and the more flowing movements in the Grappling Drills. As the student progresses in the system we teach more takedowns, grappling variations and escapes and also returning to a standing position from the floor.

For those who wish to incorporate strikes and kicks into the grappling we have other systems in the association that are suitable.



The TSG-Kickboxing style contains the main techniques that are important for Kickboxing. It also contains many fighting combinations that are adapted to Kickboxing.


Kyokushin Karate is the style that was developed by the legendary Sosai Mas Oyama 10th Dan. Kyokushin Karate is a system that is famous for its tough fighters. It was the first Karate system that incorporated low kicks as a main part of the system.

Soke Cook 10th Dan, spent fourteen years with Sosai Mas. Oyama's Kyokushin Organisation. He is the author of the two excellent books based on the Kyokushin Style - Power Karate, Volumes I & II and more recently a revised edition.

In 1977 he was one of the first two Europeans to complete the 50 Man Kumite. (Fifty rounds of full contact Kyokushin fighting, two minutes each, without any rest periods).

At one time he was a Kyokushin Branch Chief and the Chairman of the Swedish Karate Kyokushinkai.
In 2010 Soke Cook developed and added 4 Fighting Combinations to each of the grades from 10th Kyu to 3rd Dan in the TSG-Kyokushin Syllabus, a total of 50 fighting combinations, in order to improve the fighting knowledge of the students. Soke Cook still teaches fighting techniques at Kyokushin Karate seminars.


TSG Ashihara International Karate is the system that was originally developed by Kancho Hideyuki Ashihara. In 1987 Soke Cook visited Kancho Ashihara in Japan, because he had heard that Kancho Ashihara had started to break with the traditional way of teaching Karate in Japan, and this seemed like it might be an interesting path to follow.

On his return from Japan, he started promoting the Ashihara Style in Europe. Although he thought that Ashihara Karate was a step in the right direction, he felt that there was still room for a lot of improvement, so he continued to develop the system, adding fighting combinations for every grade and developing the Kata so that they could always be practised with a partner (Uke).

This variation of the system was renamed Ashihara International Karate. Soke Cook’s path from a traditional Karate style, Kyokushin Karate, to a less traditional style, Ashihara Karate, to a more modern style, Ashihara International, has one thing in common - application (Bunkai).

When he first came into contact with Soke Ruiz, 10th Dan, in the USA in 1982 one of the things that impressed him most was Soke Ruiz’s knowledge of Kata Bunkai. Having trained Kyokushin Karate where Bunkai of Kata was not a well developed concept, he was impressed by the ability of Soke Ruiz to go back to the roots of the Kyokushin Kata and demonstrate the original Bunkai of the Kata.

Therefore when Soke Cook developed the Ashihara International Karate from the Japanese Ashihara Karate, he was determined that all the techniques of every Kata should be performed with a training partner (Uke). This made the Bunkai automatic because the students learnt the Kata in the Bunkai form and this is thanks to the influence of Soke Ruiz

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