Ashihara Karate is basically named after Hideyuki Ashihara, but during several decades the original style has been divided in several systems and organisations.
Ashihara Karate having being developed in the 1970’s is one of the “younger” styles in existence, and despite this, it too has seen changes made by different High Ranking instructors.
Ashihara International Karate Organisation (AIKO) is one of these “spin offs”, based on the experience of Dave Jonkers Hanshi (8th Dan) , AIKO instructors and students.
Ashihara International Karate Organisation is one of the “full-contact” system in karate, emphasizing realistic combat, physical toughness, and practicality in its training curriculum.
Ashihara International Karate Organisation is presently known as a strong form of karate, with a strong desire in evolution and open minded approach.
In different competitive formats the Ashihara International Karate Organisation has proven successful not only in Knockdown Karate but also in K1 and conventional Kickboxing with many achieving success in K1 in areas such as the Glory World Series.
Also, using experience in training in other disciplines, our fighters fought in other disciplines such as Pride, Pancrase and Daido Juku, also with high levels of success.
This cross discipline experience is the basis for what we used to develop our AIKO Fighting style.
Dave Jonkers Shihan, Holland 2016