The Manhattan Beach branch is one of the few traditional Japanese dojos in North America. The dojo is one of the largest martial arts schools with a 5,000 square foot practice area, including authentic martial arts specific wood flooring. The Manhattan Beach facility has a weight room and heavy bags for training, and full locker rooms for both men and women. The facility was built in 2001 and the students take care of it with pride.
“Success depends on the goals and the diligence in pursuing them. Such a person will never waste a moment of their time.”
US Branch Chief, Power Karate Director – Patrick Fard
1987 “POWER KARATE” was established in Los Angeles and Patrick Fard was the youngest dojo operator of Oyama Sosai at IKO Kyokushinkaikan in Los Angeles. Patrick Fard was determined to succeed and honor his long life goals.
Shihan Patrick Fard was born in July 1968, and began his training in the art of Kyokushin Karate at the age of seven. Passionate to learn from the start, he trained religiously and achieved his black belt by the age of fourteen. He began competing in tournaments at just eight years old and throughout his life has traveled all over the globe to achieve and experience at different championships. After 40 years of experience Shihan Fard is one of the highest ranking member in North America with 5th degree black belt. He is now the first and only black belt in the history of Kyokushin in North America by completing 50 man Kumite at IKO Kyokushinkaikan World Headquarters in Tokyo Japan and 3rd in the world at the age of 44.
Los Angeles Kyokushinkaikan at Manhattan Beach is one of the only traditional Japanese dojos in North America. The dojo is one of the largest martial arts schools with a 5000 square footage including authentic martial arts specific wood flooring. The facility has a dormitory living space, weight room with full cross fit training equipments, heavy bags, and full locker rooms for both men and women. This facility was built in 2001 and the students take care of it with pride for generations to come.
As US Branch Chief and IKO Public Relations Director, Shihan Fard continues to actively participate in the IKO Kyokushinkaikan as an event director and official, every year directing, organizing and judging major events all over the world, including the USWC Karate Championships in LA, All American Karate Championships in NYC, and after 40 years of establishment of Kyokushinkaikan in Iran organized the 2015 Asia and Middle East Open Karate Championships. 2016, 15, 14 13, 12 & 11 “AIBBC” Black Belt Conference and The 2012 “IIEC” Iran International Elite Championships that marks the history. He also enjoys teaching and coaching a new generation of Kyokushin champions, as his own students currently competed in many of the major events in North America. In 2001 and 2002, he established, organized and hosted the first Karate Championships in Los Angeles with total of over 7000 spectators. He is currently preparing to host and organize the annual IKO LA Seminar on September 2016 and the 2st LA Cup International Kata Championships, as well as for 2017 to celebrating the 30th anniversary of POWER KARATE & IKO Kyokushinkaikan Los Angeles with Kancho Matsui, Shihan Katsuhito Gorai and most senior North American branch chiefs at biggest events of the year in the world of Kyokushinkaikan affaires.
In addition Shihan Fard at IKO Kyokushinkaikan devoted his life to teaching the art and philosophies of KARATE through the only full-time Kyokushin Dojo in California.
With Power Karate USA just passing it’s 29th Anniversary, Shihan Fard continues to dedicate his life to sharing the lifelong benefits of Kyokushin with students of all ages and levels from pre-school to black belt. All of his current black belts began their training with Shihan Fard, some as children, and have followed his guidance and inspiration to reach and challenge themselves in ways they never Imagined possible. Shihan Fard’s teaching philosophy centers on developing the ‘mind, body, spirit’ connection in each student. His methods emphasize self-control and discipline, concentration and inner strength that will serve to guide and inspire his students to train their bodies and minds beyond the requirements of a typical ‘sport.’ Ultimately, they’ll not only learn the art of Kyokushin Karate, but more importantly they’ll gain self-confidence, respect and a deeper knowledge of themselves. In short, Shihan Fard’s students develop a strong, positive spirit that will resonate not just in the dojo, but in every aspect of their daily lives. This is the spirit of “OSU!” … the essence of Kyokushin Karate.