Karate Kyokushinkai

Masutatsu Oyama, who founded Kyokushin Karate, was born in the area of Seoul in 1923.  Chinese Kempo was the first discipline that he studied at only nine years of age. Moved to Japan in 1938, he entered in a Japanese university three years later. After Judo, he decided to study Karate under the guidance of Gichin Funakoshi quickly reaching the level 2nd Dan at 17 years old and was graded 4th Dan seven years later.

During his military draft, which started in 1943, he pursued his martial art under under Sodeiju, then became karate instructor at the Goju school. In 1947, he won the All Japan Karate Tournament.

In 1948, his commitment to Karate took another dimension in his life, he spent the next years in seclusion from human society, living in temples and in the mountains subjecting himself to the physical rigours of martial arts training day and night. During this period he struggled with wild animals, smashed rocks and trees with his bare hands and meditated under icy waterfalls in an extremely harsh course of self-discipline.
In 1951 he returned to civilisation. His fame spread rapidly as his ability was sensational. Among other things, he had killed a bull with his bare hands. In 1952 Oyama did what no other master had done before or since. He toured the United States where he took on all comers in over 200 matches. He won all of these fights by knockouts, competing against professional boxers and wrestlers. Oyama showed the world the amazing power of Karate and proved himself to be in a class of his own.

 After many other successful tours through Asia and other areas of the world demonstrating his skills, he set up many dojos in Japan. His fame, so widely spread also led to other dojos being set up all over the world. In 1965 the present day headquarters for Kyokushin was opened in Tokyo.

In 1969 Oyama introduced his ‘knockdown’ tournament concept with the first All Japan Karate Tournament, allowing heavy contact to the head and body with a wide range of techniques, though no punching to the head was allowed. In 1975 the first World Open Tournament was held in Tokyo. Since 1975 the world tournament has been held every four years.

"The heart of our karate is real fighting.
There can be no proof without real fighting.
Without proof there is no trust.
Without trust there is no respect.
This is a definition in the world of Martial Arts."

Kyokushin Spirit


The Kanji (Japanese calligraphy), created by Sosai Mas Oyama and universally displayed on the front of the Gi means "Kyokushinkai":

Kyoku  meaning "Ultimate"
Shin  meaning "Truth"
Kai  meaning "Association"


The Kanku originates from Kanku Dai kata, which means the Sky Gazing form.

Training - Kata - Kumite

The training with Kyokushin Karate allows you to develop a range of skills from mind to body:
-Determination despite difficulties
-Set goals and work toward them
-Perform under pressure
-Reduction in body fat
-Learn the ability to defend yourself

We recommend a commitment to training a minimum of two times a week. As result, reflexes and cardiovascular system will improve.
Learning to cope with the stresses and strains related to the training will help you to develop the ability to cope with the ones of everyday life.

A kata entails a series of still stances and moving positions, either forward or backward, on the sides and accompanied of blocks, kicks and punches.
The movements are sequenced with a specific flow, either offensives or defensives. As you progress through each kyu (level), therefore belt, you will learn more about kata and you will learn more katas.
The practice of kata embodies the traditional techniques used for fighting and stimulate balance, coordination and breathing.
Attention to detail and concentration is necessary to perform and perfect a kata which produce self-discipline, awareness and a complement to the physical training.

The word Kumite means ''meeting of hands''. Kumite concerns the fighting part of the sport.  Kyokushin Karate is a full contact sport.
Different steps, before a full contact kumite should be taken. The first step is to use the new learned technics on boxing bags and pads. The second step is light contact sparring and finally full contact.

Belts - Syllabus - Grading

  Black Belt



  Brown Belt





  Green Belt


  Light Green Belt
Light Green Grading

  Yellow Belt


  Light Yellow Belt
Light Yellow Grading

  Blue Belt



  Light Blue Belt
Light Blue Grading

  Red Belt


  Orange Belt
Orange Belt Grading

100-men Kumite

To challenge his own capcity and abilities. Oyama chose the strongest students in his dojo, who were to fight him one at a time until they had all had a turn, and then they had start from the beginning again, until the three hundred rounds were done. He defeated them all, never wavering in his resolve, despite the fact that he himself suffered severe physical injury during the encounters.

Each student had to face him couple of times over the three days, though some never made it past the first day due to Oyama’s powerful blows.This took place long after he had completed his mountain training.

The 100-man kumite is considered to be the ultimate physical and mental challenge, testing the perseverance through 100 fights in Kyokushin.
-Two-minute round of kumite with 100 opponents within one day, preferably sparring a different person for each round.
-Win at least 50% of the fights and if knocked down, should not stay down for longer than five seconds

Kyokshinkai Rules in the club

When entering or leaving the Dojo, stand in the doorway, face the front, bow and say "OSU".
This represents  respect for the Dojo and the fellow member in it.
•Students should do their best to be on time for class. If you come late for training, kneel at the side of the class towards the back, facing away in SEIZA (formal kneeling position). When the instructor acknowledges you, stand up, turn to the front , bow and say "OSU" then "Shitsurei Shimasu" (excuse me for disturbing), then quickly join the back of the class.
•Traditionally the training hall is a revered place; therefore students shall not wear hats or caps or use foul language on the school premises. Also, shoes are not permitted on the dojo training floor.
•Do not practise Kumite unless instructed to do so. Do not ask a higher grade for Kumite. However if a higher grade asks you for kumite you must not decline.
•Do not break rank for any reason, without asking permission from the instructor. If you must leave your position, do not walk between the instructor and the class. Walk behind the row you are in to either side and proceed from there.
•Always address the instructor and seniors by their proper title (SENPAI, SENSEI, SHIHAN, HANSHI) inside the Dojo. Acknowledge them with a loud "OSU" when they speak to you.
•Your training should be a serious matter. Do not laugh, giggle, talk or cause disruption during the class. You should always stand in FUDO DACHI when awaiting the next command.
•All directions, by instructor, should be obeyed in the Dojo, without question. You will not be asked to do anything that your instructor has not done him/herself already. If you cannot keep up, do the best you can. Students shall answer their instructor's or senior's questions or instructions with a loud "Osu" and proceed with an immediate reaction to his or her command. A slow or indifferent response is discourteous.
•Always move quickly in class when instructed to do something. DO NOT STROLL.
•Keep fingernails and toenails short and clean.
•During the break: No sitting on chairs, leaning against the wall or lying down. Do some training rather than waste time.
•It is everyone's responsibility to ensure the Dojo is clean, tidy and safe at all times.
•Your karate-gi must be neat and washed clean at all times. Your belt should NEVER be washed, only aired dry. It symbolically contains the spirit of your hard training. Only under exceptional circumstances are male karatekas allowed to wear t-shirts or other clothing underneath their karate-gi (e.g. Extremely cold weather, outdoor training etc). In these cases you must first get permission from your instructor and the t-shirt must be white.
•Do not remove any part of your Do-Gi during training without being told to do so. Also, if you must adjust your Gi at any time during training, do so quickly and quietly while facing the rear of the room.
•To prevent possible injury, students shall not wear jewellery, watches, or other sharp adornments during class. Prescription eyeglasses are permitted, however, during Kumite (free-fighting), their removal or the use of contact lenses is strongly recommended, as is the use of shinpads, gloves, breast and groin cups.
•Due respect should be shown to all senior ranks and elder members. All students shall stand up and say "Osu" when their senior or any black belt enters the room.


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