Is Outlaw Karate Really a Kick Ass Martial Art?
I get the question, every once in a while, as to how tough Outlaw Karate really is. Let me answer that question once and for all.
First, I did study with the Hell’s Angels, which is to say that there were quite a few Hell’s Angels in my Karate class. They were tough, they were not the reason for the naming of this art, but they did tend to focus in on what worked on the street, and backed up their observations with real experience.
Second, I did name it Outlaw because it was going outside the realm of normal, or classical, Karate. I was combining two very hard styles of Karate, and this was looked down on back in the day.
Third, I’m not going to tell you it was a tough class, I am going to give you a list of things that happened during that class that made it very tough. Then you can make up your mind as to whether it is a tough style or not.
I taught the class over a year long period. I chose the forms and techniques that I did because I was teaching my son; I wanted him to have the best, the things that worked the most. During the course we cracked his breast bone, actually put a dent in it. When the doctor said ‘No more Karate,’ Aaron refused, told me I would have to beat him up to stop him, and then walked into class that night. His attitude was not singular.
Mike had broken fingers for nearly the whole year.
Some of the guys, grown men, broke into tears during class.
All throws were taken to the max, which is to say we didn’t have mats, and we threw each other on the floor, full force, and laughed.
One night Josh found himself at a party, and a fight broke out. He stepped into a corner and faced outward and waited. Man after man ran up to fight him, took one look at the look in his eyes, then turned and ran looking for another fight. He just wasn’t a victim, and it was plain to see.
One day Aaron was walking down the street and was jumped by two much larger fellows. He rendered them both unconscious within ten seconds.
And so the stories go. It was tough and it was brutal. I can honestly say it was the toughest class I ever taught.
And I still think that the art was the toughest, and that solely for the attitude of the students. They laughed when they broke their bones, they persisted through tears and blood.
And they made Outlaw Karate a legend.
So, was it tough?
Heck, you can get a copy of the book, or the book and a video of some of the forms and techniques, and decide for yourself.
No matter what you decide, it will be a healthy addition to your martial arts; it will be something that will work, and it will certainly enhance your other martial arts.
Book and video Outlaw Karate Course.
Just the Outlaw Karate book (from Amazon).