TSG Systems & Styles
The following systems and styles are taught in the TSG INTERNATIONAL BUDO ASSOCIATION
The TSG-KARATE system has been developed by Soke using his 50 years of teaching experience. It is designed to develop the students fighting knowledge and ability.
This system also contains 10 Fighting Kata developed by Soke. Unlike traditional styles these Kata contain effective Fighting Combinations and are always practiced with a training partner (Uke).
The system is suitable for a large range of students both male or female, children and youngsters and adults. People training for fitness or as a hobby and also for serious students of Martial Arts.
TSG-JAPANESE MIX FIGHT
The TSG-Japanese Mix Fight is a system Soke Cook started developing in 1995, together with the TSG-KARATE it is a system that contains a wide range of fighting techniques including Striking, Kicking, Throws and Takedowns and also Grappling.
The Basics and Fighting Drills contain most aspects of mixed fighting.
The Throws and Takedowns 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 technique.
Just as with the kicks and punches, a couple of new Throws and Takedowns are taught for each grade and the same applies to the Joint Locks and Strangles & Chokes. The basic Control Positions are also spread out over the first couple of grades.
This system also contains 10 Fighting Drills developed by Soke. Each Drill contains 8 Fighting Combinations. These Drills are also taught and practised with a partner (Uke) and contain effective Fighting Combinations.
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, spent fourteen years with Sosai Mas. Oyama's Kyokushin Organisation. He is the author of the popular book based on the Kyokushin Style, “Power Karate” and a recently revised edition TSG-Kyokushin Karate.
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 52 Fighting Combinations, in order to improve the fighting knowledge and ability of the students.
TSG-ASHIHARA INTERNATIONAL KARATE
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 improvement because the Kata were still practised in the air without a partner (Uke), so he designed new Kata that would always be practiced 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 (application). 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.