Full Contact Japanese Karate

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Japanese Karate was developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now known as Okinawa, Japan. At its origins it was known as an indigenous fighting system called te or China hand. Its evolution is said to have been in part because of the exchange of goods between the people of Japan and China during the 14th century. This relationship eventually expanded into a cultural exchange which included martial arts. During the next century, Okinawa was forcefully put under a weapons ban for 200 years. When the rulers of the Satsuma Domain of Kyushu conquered Okinawa, the people relied on Japanese Karate to defend their families with this art which become known as the “way of the empty hand”.

Japanese Karate is a stand up martial art focusing on striking with punches, kicks, knees, open handed techniques and elbows to the most vulnerable areas of the body. In order to prepare for warfare, the Okinawans had to train in secret while their oppressors were asleep. Because they trained at night, they wore the clothing (kimono) that they slept in which eventually became known as a “gi” (or uniform). To this day, the tradition of wearing a gi remains an important part of Japanese Karate training.

The Style We Practice

Indara Kakutoujutu

History of Indara Kakutoujutu

Indara Kakutoujutu (Indara Fighting Method) was founded by Sensei Paulina Indara, The Center Martial Arts co-owner and head instructor, in 2008. Sensei Paulina’s creed is to actively influence the next generation to give back to their communities through involving them in this honor based art. This is accomplished through the exploration of self awareness and self discipline as well as community service, being mindful of individual and communal health and the environment. All students, regardless of physical or mental abilities, are offered a safe training environment and access to formal and individualized instruction. Sensei Paulina teaches a diverse curriculum, including ground and standing techniques, because she believes that this combined with practical training is the only way to become a well rounded fighter.

Indara Kakutoujutu is both a full contact knockdown and semi-knockdown form of karate. Knockdown karate is taught and fought without gloves or body protection and is consequently known as a bare knuckle fighting style. This competitive full contact fighting style was originally created in the late 1960’s by Sosai Masutatsu Oyama, the creator of Kyokushin Karate and has since been adapted by various schools of thought. Prohibited techniques include punches to the face, groin and joints. Allowed techniques include elbow strikes to the body and limbs and kicks to the body, head and face and sweeps. A match is stopped when an opponent is knocked down or visibly incapacitated, not just when techniques are executed correctly or time runs out. We DO NOT teach point fighting karate which promotes the use of controlled techniques to specific areas of the body and stops short of actually making contact. Semi-knockdown follows the same rules but allows for the use of 2 ounce gloves and body protection.


Sensei Paulina Indara
Head instructor and co-owner of The Center Martial Arts and founder of Indara Kakutoujutu
3rd degree black belt, Indara Kakutoujutu


The Center Martial arts offers instruction for adults, kids and pee wee’s. We follow the rules set forth by Kyokushin and Enshin Karate. Students can expect to be taught the following Full Contact Japanese Karate fundamentals and much more.

  • History, theory, principles
  • kicks
  • blocks
  • punches; no face contact
  • knees
  • elbows
  • throws
  • judo take downs
  • heavy bag training & extensive pad work
  • sparring
  • self defense techniques: attacks and escapes
  • attacks to most vulnerable areas of the body
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappling techniques