Turkish Martial Art Sayokan
was founded by Nihat YIGIT. He was born in 1961, Salihli, Turkiye. His
martial arts started with Tae Kwon Do in 1973 followed by Sholin Kung Fu.His
experience with areas used by the systems restricted with rules and looked
for a system using techniques more freely (full contact, knock down system).
He started Kyokushin Karate as
a student of Ferhat Ozsert Sensei in 1981. Mr. Ozsert influenced him to
futher his studies and have real perspective of martial arts. He won the
first place in 1981-82 Turkiye Kyokushin championship. He followed his
teacher when Sensei Ozsert joined Ashihara in 1986. When Mr. Ozsert left
active teaching, he felt absence of learning further and went to Japan in
He spent four years in Japan, focusing on Ashihara Karate. When he returned
to Turkiye, developed Ashihara Karate. 3rd April 1993 with his five students
joined world cup in Denmark and had one world champion, two third places.
This was the first in Ashihara Karate.
He started Sayokan 1990, developed self defence strategies more of an
educational system developing further some of Ashihara Karate's effective
techniques and adding them to numerous techniques derived from Turkish
martial culture. Further development of Sayokan derived from Turkish Martial
Culture such as Hilal strategy (Crescent) used by Sultan Alpaslan in
In Sayokan, strategy is more important then the technique. The mentality
behind this is, techniques can be though and used harsly but can not alone
bring success without a tried and tested strategy.
He has 30 years of experience in martial arts. He has been in 16 countries
for martial arts, which are European (Germany, Netherlands, old Yugoslavia,
Italy, France, Belgium, Austria, Denmark) and in the far east countries
(Japan, Korea, China, Bangkok, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong).
The martial art is his lifestyle. His experience led him to realize a reform
in martial arts. The result of this is Sayokan. We hope that all martial
artists take its worth. Because there are many benefits for martial artists
Sayokan is a reform in martial arts world and people who practice are
reformists. Don't follow the age in martial arts from backwards. Don't carry
your system on your back with your individual talents and experiences. Let
Sayokan to carry you on its back. Because Sayokan has strategy, true
mentality, doctrine, element of security and insurance.