A New Website Launched Today for our Kyokushin-Kan Branch In North Carolina, Ligo Dojo of Budo Karate.

And it’s about time! Our prior site had become very outdated, and hard to navigate. Anyone in Kyokushin-kan who wants website advice, should check out this site and contact Nathan Ligo if I can be of any assistance. It’s been a long time in the making, and I’m sure there will still be many things to fix. All Ligo Dojo students, take note! Lots of good information here for you as well! (By the way Budo Karate West will be getting a new face as well. I learned a lot of things building this second site, and there are many things that can be done to enhance the blog, Budo Karate West, as well.) North American instructors, would you be so kind as to link to ligodojo.com and to Budo Karate West? Osu!

The site can be found at http://www.ligodojo.com. (www.budokaratehouse.com will be discontinued). To see the site Click Here: Ligo Dojo of Budo Karate.

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Nathan Ligo fighting with Japan Champion Masuda Akira in 1991

We chose the order of opponents for Masuda’s 100-man kumite by lots. I drew number 7. By the time he’d fought 60 90-second fights that day, he was pretty spent. Here, right at the beginning, he was just getting warmed up. This fight did a lot to build my confidence because I stood up to a Japan champion for some time . . . before he won by TKO, his famous chudan mawashi geri that completely collapsed my lungs. I was 20 years old. It was 1991.

Blackbelt Magazine Article about Mas Oyama by Nathan Ligo


One of my earliest forays into published writing was this Blackbelt Magazine Article that ran in 1994. I was at Davidson College soon after the two years I spent in Japan. The article begins:

The Japanese refer to Mas Oyama’s Kyokushin Karate as kenka karate, meaning “brawling” or “brutal” karate. But Mas Oyama tells is students “Baka! Kenka karate ja-nai! Budo Karate da!” which translates to “Fool! This is not brawling karate! It’s budo karate!” Continue reading

Nathan Ligo Interviewed on ABC News

Video: ABC News Interview 2011


Click here to see the Ligo Dojo of Budo Karate Website.

A Short Film About Ligo Dojo’s Young Warriors Program

Ligo Dojo is a nonprofit with the mission of using Budo karate to educate youths in Durham and Orange County, NC, providing them with the confidence, composure, and strength that they need to develop into independent, responsible adults. Its services are available to all children and adults; in its role as a non-profit, it provides services at reduced cost to at-risk youths and to children referred through social services or the justice system.

The video below gives a good introduction to Ligo Dojo’s nonprofit mission. This 7-minute video (2010) documents Ligo Dojo’s ongoing commitment to helping families and young people in our community. Ligo Dojo’s work has been funded by grants from the Governor’s Crime Commission, the Triangle Community Foundation, the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, and the City of Durham. It is recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3)e; those wishing to support its work can find additional information at http://www.budokaratehouse.com/testh.htm.