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


Shodan – 1st Dan Black Belt I


Morote Haito Uchi Jodan – Upper double inner knife hand strike
Morote Haito Uchi Chudan – Middle double inner knife hand strike
Haito Uchi Jodan – Upper inner knife hand strike
Haito Uchi Chudan – Middle inner knife hand strike


Morote Kake Uke Jodan – Assisted hooked block
Osae Uke – Block down with palm of hand


Kake Geri Kakato Jodan & Chudan – Backwards rotating heel kick
Kake Geri Chusoku Jodan & Chudan – Reverse heel kick
Ushiro Mawashi Geri Jodan, Chudan & Gedan – Backwards rotating kick


Gedan Mawashi Geri, Jodan Ushiro Mawashi Geri, Jodan Mae Geri, Jodan Mawashi Geri, Jodan Ushiro Mawashi Geri


Tensho – Revolving Hands
Saiha – Extreme Destruction / Tsunami
Taikyoku Ichi, Ni & San in Ura (spinning)


100 Push-ups, 100 Sit-ups & 100 Squats

Nidan – 2nd Dan Black Belt II


Toho Uchi Jodan – Sword peak hand strike
Keiko Uchi – Chicken beak strike
Ippon Nukite – Single finger spear hand strike


Hiji Uke Chudan – Middle shoulder block
Shotei Morote Gedan Uke – Lower double palm heel block
Shuto Morote Gedan Uke – Lower double knife edge block


Tobi Mawashi Geri – Jumping rotating kick
Tobi Ushiro Geri – Jumping backwards kick
Tobi Ushiro Mawashi Geri – Jumping reverse rotating kick
Age Kakato Ushiro Geri -Backwards heel kick


Kanku Dai – Rising Sun
Gekisai Sho – Attack and Destroy (Small)
Pinan Sono Ichi in Ura (spinning)


100 Push-ups, 100 Sit-ups & 100 Squats

  Brown Belt


2nd Kyu – (1st Brown Belt)


Jodan Hiraken Tsuki – Upper flat fist punch (throat)
Chudan Hiraken Tsuki – Middle flat fist punch (solar plexus)
Hiraken Oroshi Uchi – Descending flat fist strike (across face)
Hiraken Mawashi Uchi – Roundhouse flat fist strike (ear)
Haisho Jodan – Upper backhand (jaw)
Haisho Chudan – Lower backhand (solar plexus)
Ago Jodan Tsuki – Rising upper punch (upper cut to jaw)

Koken Uke – Wrist top block in Jodan, Chudan & Gedan

Tobi Nidan Geri – Jumping double kick
Tobi Mae Geri (3 methods) – Jumping front kick

Step back Mae Gedan Barai, slide forward Ago Uchi, step, Mae Geri, Jodan Mawashi Geri, Ushiro Geri, Mae Gedan Barai, Gyaku Tsuki, Pull back and cover.

Pinan Sono Go – Safety and security exercise 5
Gekisai Dai – Attack and Destroy

70 Push-ups, 70 Sit-ups & 70 Squats

1st Kyu – (Brown Belt)


Jodan Ryutoken Tsuki – Dragons head fist strike to cheek
Chudan Ryutoken Tsuki – Dragons head fist strike to ribs
Naykayubi Ippon Ken Jodan – Middle finger knuckle fist strike to throat
Naykayubi Ippon Ken Chudan – Middle finger knuckle fist strike to body
Oyayubi Ippon Ken Jodan – Thumb knuckle fist to temple
Oyayabi Ippon Ken Chudan – Thumb knuckle fist to ribs

Kake Uke Jodan – Upper hooked block
Chudan Haito Uchi Uke – Middle inner knife hand block

Jodan Uchi Haisoku Geri – Upper inside instep kick to jaw
Oroshi Uchi Kakato Geri – Descending inside to outside axe kick
Oroshi Soto Kakato Geri – Descending outside to inside axe kick
Tobi Yoko Geri – Jumping side kick

Seikan Oi Tsuki, Seikan Gyaku Tsuki, Seikan Oi Tsuki, Shita tsuki, pull back and cover (with facial cover)
Front leg Mawashi Geri, Seikan Oi Tsuki, Seikan Gyaku Tsuki, Back leg Mawashi Geri

Yantsu – 3 Defenses
Tsuki No Kata – Punching Kata

80 Push-ups, 80 Sit-ups & 80 Squats


  Green Belt


4th Kyu – (Green Belt with 1 Stripe)


Heisoku Dachi – Parallel closed stance
Heiko Dachi – Parallel open stance

Shuto Sakotsu Uchi – Knife hand strike to collar bone
Shuto Yoko Ganmen Uchi – Knife hand strike to temple
Shuto Uchi Komi – Knife hand to solar plexus
Shuto Hizo Uchi – Knife hand to spleen
Shuto Jodan Uchi Uchi – Knife hand upper inside strike

Shuto Jodan Uchi Uke – Knife hand upper inside block
Shuto Jodan Uke – Knife hand upper block
Shuto Chudan Uchi Uke – Middle inside to outside block
Shuto Chudan Soto Uke – Middle outside to inside block
Shuto Mae Gedan Barai – Lower sweeping block
Shuto Mawashi Uke in Sanchin Dachi – Front roundhouse block

Jodan Mawashi Geri Heisoku – Upper roundhouse kick with instep
Jodan Mawashi Geri Chusoku – Upper Roundhouse kick with the ball of the foot
Jodan Yoku Geri Sokoto – Upper side kick with foot edge
Jodan Ushiro Geri – Upper back kick

50 Push-ups, 50 Sit-ups & 50 Squats

4th Kyu Advanced – (Green Belt with 2 Stripes)


All the above techniques performed whilst moving in stances

Sanchin No Kata – Three Battles

3rd Kyu – (Green Belt with 3 Stripes)


Kake Dachi – Hooked stance

Chudan Hiji Ate – Middle elbow strike
Chudan Mae Hiji Ate – Middle front elbow strike
Jodan Age Hiji Ate – Upper Rising elbow strike
Chudan Jodan Age Hiji Ate – Middle Rising elbow strike
Ushiro Hiji Ate – Rear elbow strike
Oroshi Hiji Ate – Descending elbow strike

Shuto Juji Uke – Knife hand crossed or X shaped block Jodan & Gedan

Mae Kakato Geri – Front heel kick Jodan, Chudan & Gedan
Ago Geri – Jaw kick

50 Push-ups, 50 Sit-ups & 50 Squats

3rd Kyu Advanced – (Green Belt with 4 Stripes)


All the above techniques performed whilst moving in stances

Pinan Sono Yon – Safety and security exercise 4

  Yellow Belt


6th Kyu – (Yellow Belt with 1 Stripe)


Tsuruashi Dachi – Crane Stance

Uraken shomen ganmen uchi – Back fist to front of face
Uraken sayu ganmen uchi – Back fist to side of face
Uraken hizo uchi – Back fist to spleen
Uraken oroshi ganmen uchi – Back fist descending to face
Uraken mawashi ganmen uchi – Back fist strike to the side of the head
Nihon nukite – 2 finger spearhand strike to eyes
Yonhon nukite – 4 finger spearhand strike in Jodan & Chudan

Seiken Juji Uke – Crossed or X shaped block in Jodan & Chudan

Gedan Mawashi Geri Haisoku – Lower roundhouse kick with instep of the foot
Gedan Mawashi Geri Chuoku – Lower roundhouse kick with the ball of the foot
Kansetsu Geri – Knee joint kick
Chudan Yoku Geri Sokuto – Middle side kick with foot edge

40 Push-ups, 40 Sit-ups & 40 Squats

6th Kyu Advanced – (Yellow Belt with 2 Stripes)


All the above techniques performed whilst moving in stances

Pinan Sono Ni – Safety and security exercise 2

5th Kyu – (Yellow Belt with 3 Stripes)


Moroashi Dachi – One foot forward stance

Jodan Hiji Ate – Upper elbow strike
Shotei Uchi – Palm heel hand strike in Jodan, Chudan & Gedan

Shotei Uke – Palm heel hand block Jodan, Chudan & Gedan

Chudan Mawashi Geri Haisoku – Middle roundhouse kick with instep of foot
Chudan Mawashi Geri Chusoku – Middle roundhouse kick with ball of foot
Ushiro Geri (3 methods) – Back kick in Chudan & Gedan

Mae Geri Chudan, Yoko Geri Chudan, Ushiro Geri Chudan, Gyaku Tsuki Chudan, pull back and cover

40 Push-ups, 40 Sit-ups & 40 Squats

5th Kyu Advanced – (Yellow Belt with 4 Stripes)


All the above techniques performed whilst moving in stances

Pinan Sono San – Safety and security exercise 3

  Blue Belt


8th Kyu Advanced – (Blue Belt with 1 Stripe)


Kiba Dachi – Horse straddle stance

Shita Tsuki – Lower punch
Seiken Tate Tsuki – Vertical punch in Jodan, Chudan & Gedan
Jun Tsuki – Thrusting Punch in Kiba Dachi

Seiken Morote Chudan Uchi Uke – Assisted outside to inside block
Seiken Uchi Uke – Windmill block

Mae Geri Chusoku – Front kick with the ball of the foot

Mae Geri Chudan, Seikan Gyaku Tsuki, pull back and cover
Chudan Soto Uke, Seikan Mae Gedan Barai, Seikan Gyaku Tsuki, pull back and cover

20 Push-ups, 20 Sit-ups & 20 Squats

8th Kyu Advanced – (Blue Belt with 2 Stripes)


All the above techniques performed whilst moving in stances

Taikyoku San – Physical training exercise 3

7th Kyu – (Blue Belt with 3 Stripes)


Neko Ashi Dachi – Cat Stance

Tetsui Oroshi Ganmen Uchi – Hammer fist descending on to face
Tetsui Kome Kame – Hammer fist to temple
Tetsui Hizo Uchi – Hammer fist to spleen
Tetsui Yoku Uchi – Hammer fist to side in Jodan, Chudan & Gedan

Seiken Mawashi Gedan Barai – Sweeping lower block
Shuto Mawashi Uke – Knife hand circular block

Mae Keage Chusoku – Rising front kick with the ball of the foot, toes pulled down
Soto Mawashi Keage Teisoku – Circular rising kick with the arch of the foot (outside to inside)
Uchi Mawashi Keage Heisoku – Circular rising kick with the instep of the foot (inside to outside)

20 Push-ups, 20 Sit-ups & 20 Squats

7th Kyu Advanced – (Blue Belt with 4 Stripes)


All the above techniques performed whilst moving in stances

Pinan Ichi – Safety and security exercise 1

  Red Belt


10th Kyu Advanced – (Red Belt with 1 Stripe)


Fudo Dachi – Formal Stance – (不動立ち)
Yoi Dachi – Ready Stance
Zenkutsu Dachi – Forward Leaning Stance

Seiken Morote tsuki – Double Punch in Jodan, Chudan and Gedan
Seiken Oi tsuki – Single Front Punch in Jodan, Chudan and Gedan

Jodan Uke – Upper Block
Mae Gedan Barai – Lower Sweeping Block

Hiza Ganmen Geri – Knee Kick
Kin Geri – Groin Kick

10 Push-ups, 10 Sit-ups & 10 Squats

10th Kyu Advanced – (Red Belt with 2 Stripes)


All the above techniques performed whilst moving in stances.

9th Kyu – (Red Belt with 3 Stripes)


Kokutsu Dachi – Backward Leaning Stance
Sanchin Dachi – Hour Glass Stance
Musibi Dachi – Open toe Stance

Seiken Ago Uchi – Snapping Punch to the Jaw

Seiken Chudan Uchi Uke – Middle Inside to Outside Block
Seiken Chudan Soto Uke – Middle Outside to Inside Block

Mae Geri Chudan Chusoku – Front Kick with the Ball of the Foot

Nogare – Quiet Breathing

Sanbon Kumite (3 Step Fighting)
Moving Forward – Seikan Oi Tsuji Jodan, Chudan & Gedan
Moving Backward – Jodan Uke, Seiken Chudan Soto Uke, Mae Gedan Barai, Seiken Gyaku Tsuki, Mae Gedan Barai

20 Push-ups, 20 Sit-ups & 20 Squats

9th Kyu Advanced – (Red Belt with 4 Stripes)


All previous techniques to be performed in Zenkutsu Dachi (Forward Leaning Stance)

Seiken Gyaku Tsuki – Single Reverse Punch in Jodan, Chudan and Gedan

Taikyoku Ichi – Physical training exercise 1
Taikyoku Ni – Physical training exercise 2

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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