Sosai (President) Masutatsu Oyama, the founder of Kyokushin Karate, was born in southern Korea in 1923. While living at his sister's farm in Manchuria at the age of nine, he began his lifelong journey along the Martial Way when he began studying the southern Chinese form of kempo know as "Eighteen Hands". When Mas Oyama returned to Korea at the age of 12, he continued his training in Korean kempo.
In 1938, at the age of 15, Mas Oyama moved to Japan to train as an aviator, and continued his martial arts training by participating in judo and boxing. Shortly afterwards, he began training at the dojo of Gichin Funakoshi, who had brought karate from Okinawa to Japan and developed what is now known as Shotokan Karate. Mas Oyama's training progressed so rapidly that by the age of 17, he was a Nidan (2nd Dan), and by the age of 20, he was a Yondan (4th Dan) in Shotokan. At this point, Mas Oyama took a serious interest in Judo, and in less than four years he achieved the rank of Yondan in Judo as well.
After the end of World War II, Mas Oyama began training under So Nei Chu, one of the highest authorities in Japan of Goju Ryu, an Okinawan karate style. So Nei Chu, renowned for the power of his body as well as his spiritual insight, encouraged Mas Oyama to dedicate his life to the Martial Way. He suggested that Mas Oyama retreat from civilization for three years to train his mind and body without the distractions of the outside world.
Around this time, Mas Oyama also met Eiji Yoshikawa, the author of the novel Musashi, which was based on the life and exploits of Miyamoto Musashi, Japan's most famous Samurai warrior. Both the novel and the author helped to teach him the meaning of Bushido, the Way of the Warrior. That same year, Mas Oyama went to Mt. Minobu in Chiba Prefecture, where Musashi had developed his style of sword fighting. Mas Oyama thought that this would be an appropriate place to begin the rigorous training he had planned for himself. Accompanied by a student, he went into the wilderness there to train, with a friend bringing food supplies to them once a month. After six months of training, his student was unable to handle the solitude and secretly fed during the night, leaving Mas Oyama completely alone to continue his training. After fourteen months of training in the wilderness, his friend informed Mas Oyama that he could no longer provide the monthly supplies of food, and Mas Oyama had to return to civilization.
A few months later, in 1947, Mas Oyama won the karate section of the first Japanese National Martial Arts Championships after World War II. However, still feeling empty for not having completed the three years of solitude, he decided to dedicate his life completely to karate. Once again Mas Oyama left civilization for the wilderness, this time going to Mt. Kiyozumi, also in Chiba Prefecture, which he chose for its spiritually uplifting environment. This time his training was fanatical – 12 hours a day, every day, with no rest days, standing under cold buffeting waterfalls, breaking river stones with his hands, using trees as makiwara (striking boards), jumping over rapidly growing flax plants hundreds of times each day. Each day also included a period of study of the ancients classics on the martial arts, Zen, and philosophy. After eighteen months of rigorous training, Mas Oyama returned to civilization fully confident in himself and able to take control of his life. In the 1950s, Mas Oyama began demonstrating his power and skill by fighting bulls. In all, he fought 52 bulls, three of which he killed instantly and 49 of whose horns he took off with shuto (knife hand) strikes. In 1952, Mas Oyama traveled throughout the United States for a year, demonstrating his karate live and on national television. During subsequent years, he took on all challengers, resulting in fights with 270 different people. He defeated the vast majority of his opponents with just one technique. A fight never lasted more than three minutes, and rarely lasted more than a few seconds. Mas Oyama's fighting technique was based on the Samurai warriors' principle of "Ichi geki hissatsu", or "One strike, certain death". If he got through to you, the fight was over. If he hit you, you broke – if you blocked his punch, your arm was broken or dislocated, if you didn't block it, your rib was broken. Because of his strength and skill, he became known as "the Godhand".
In 1953, Mas Oyama opened his first "dojo" on a grass lot in Tokyo. In 1955, he opened his first real dojo in a former ballet studio behind Rikkyo University. In 1957, the name "Kyokushin", or "Ultimate Truth", was adopted for Mas Oyama's karate organization, which had 700 members by then, despite the high drop-out rate due to the severity of training. Practitioners of other styles also came to train here for the jis-sen kumite (full contact fighting). Mas Oyama would observe those from other styles and adopt any techniques that would be useful in a fight. By doing so, Kyokushin Karate evolved into one of the most formidable style of martial arts in the world. It soon became known as "The Strongest Karate", not only because of the incredible feats of strength and endurance that Mas Oyama performed, but also because of the rigorous requirements of the training and tournaments.
In order to test his own abilities, Mas Oyama decided to perform a three hundred man kumite (fight) in three days. He chose the strongest students in his dojo to fight him one at a time. After each had a turn, they started from the beginning again until all three hundred fights were completed. Each student had to face Mas Oyama about four times over the three days, though some never made it past the first day due to Oyama's powerful blows. He defeated all of his opponents, never wavering in his resolve, despite the fact that he was injured in the process. Legend has it that Mas Oyama was willing to go for a fourth day, but no opponents were willing or able to do so.
Since its inception, Kyokushin Karate has spread to more than 120 countries, with more than twelve million practitioners, making it one of the largest martial arts styles in the world.
Sadly, Mas Oyama (a non-smoker) died of lung cancer in 1994.
"I was born in Lebanon 1967, in the capital city, Beirut. In 1980 I started to practice karate kyokushinkai. My teacher was grand master HASHEM MAKKI, the branch chief of the Lebanese kyokushinkai organization. 1984 is the year when I attended the 1-st Dan black belt degree. In 1988 I came to Odessa (Ukraine), to study and I organized my first group and started to teach karate. My club name was karate dojo. In the year 1990 I returned to Lebanon and took a test on the 2-end Dan. After my return to Odessa, I knew that already exist a Ukrainian Kyokushinkai Federation, but from the first contact with them, I felt that I am not welcome in their organization. In 1991 I developed my own federation and style. It was the simmey-do karate or the way of the bright spirit. It is a mix style, so universal. The base was kept from kyokushinkai karate with the add of jiu-jitsu elements and kickboxing punches. At the present time we have many branches in a different countries . Russia, Ukraine, Chechnya, Dagestan, Armenia and many more. In 2005 year I joined the international Kyokushin-kai & Self-Defense Federation and became it representative in Ukraine with the rank of 6th Dan black belt. In the beginning of the year 2006, I have developed the international independent Kyokushin karate federation, to continue the way of Mas, but however I didn't feel that it's the right way, so I've decided to returne to the roots and at last in 2010, I've joined the IKOK SOSAI, and became a Dojo Operator in Ukraine, odessa city. Our Budokan Dojo follows the Sosai's family and the original Honbu. In the end of 2011 i've left the Iko Sosai, and developed my own Kyokushin group, the International Kyokushin Budokan Group. We cooperate with many other Kyokushin organization, as the World Kyokushin Federation, the All World Kyokushin Union, and the international Kyokushinkai and selfdefense federation. Osu!"
"Dear friends, Shihan, Sensei, Sempai and members, Osu! First of all I want to thank you for joining our group and for your support. As I have wrote earlier on our site, this is not an organization, yet, but only a group of people who want to promote Kyokushin karate way without any other interests. We all love kyokushin, and Sosai Oyama, because he did give us the chance to in this life what we love to do. We will be always loyal to Sosai and his karate what ever happen. There will be other Kyokushin Instructors that will say that our group is not real Kyokushin, because we don’t work under Japanese IKO, but however we must continue to do our job. I don’t have any thing against Japanese masters, but I think that if they really love Sosai and his karate, they should do every thing possible to make Kyokushin united and strong as it was before Sosai left us. But, it’s not like this right now. So that’s we are here with our new group. I hope that in the future we will work together as brothers and partners to make our group bigger and stronger, I always say, no body can sue me for dreaming, so it’s my dream, and I want that, it will be yours too. With respect
Salam Kahil, shihan. ''
"Osu! Dear friends, visitors and members. The HQ Committee of our group informs you that from the date 1/07/2012, you can become a member , by sending us your full name, your photo, post address and a copy of your certificate. After that the HQ committee will accept your membership, you will receive a membership certificate by post mail, To receive this certificate by post mail, you must send us a copy of your Kyokushin certificate from existing IKO. We can also ask you to send us a video file with your kata, and techniques. Dear Shihans, Senseis, Sempais and friends. Our group is not sponsored from any one so as any other IKO, or Karate organization, we must survive and to run any karate events, we are forced to ask fee for some services.
Attention!! from the month April 2013, all our budokan Dan and membership certificates will be only confirmed with our wet stamps and sent by post mail, no digital certificates allowed any more.
To whom might be interested. As we are an All Ukraine officially registered organization, we have decided to start ranking to black belt level. Saying again, that we are not forcing any one to take our certificates and be ranked by us. Our federation is an independent organization and we don't have to be a member of any other IKO, as long the situation in the Kyokushin world is like we can see now. We will only rank karateka with Kyokushin knowledge, who is practising kyokushin and only after that we will see his certificates from other IKO or a prove of his level (in Seminars, or by sending video to us). Please, I ask martial arts masters who don't have any connection to Kyokushin to not send us such proposes to rank them to any Dan level, we will not do that any way, not for money and not for friendship. The Kyokushin way is a specific system and it is not easy to any martial artist to know it if he is not practising Kyokushin."
The technical base of our Kyokushinkai Budokan group is the same as in all other IKOs, but we have two ways of fighting rules.
The 1st part of fighting or tournament rules are the same classical as founded by Sosai Oyama. These rules are used almost by all Kyokushin organizations.
The 2nd part of rules, are the full contact fighting rules that allow to do any punching technique by hands to the head, including the Kyokushin kicking techniques.
We call these rules as JIYU-KYOKUSHIN, or, Free Kyokushin...(free fighting rules).
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2. Convert legitimate rank certification to the world full-contact karate association.
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2. School Charter Certificate.
3. Curriculum Outline.
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* fee for individual not affiliated with a Charter Club — $15.00
* DOJO annual fee — $100.00
Dan tests fees:
Dan sertificate 1-3 cost $100
Dan sertificate 4-6 cost $150
Dan sertificate 7-9 cost $200
Black Belt 50 $ + 15 $ shiping
1. Any legitimate black belt rank or style can be converted to the world full-contact karate association Certification for a fee of: $100.00
2. Any lower belt certification (under black belt) can be converted to the world full-contact karate association Certification for a fee of: $50.00
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