The word karate is a combination of two Japanese characters: kara, meaning empty, and te, meaning hand; thus, karate means "empty hand". Adding the suffix "-do", meaning "way", i.e. Karate-Do, implies karate as a total way of life that goes well beyond the self-defense applications.
In traditional Karate-Do, we always keep in mind that the true opponent is oneself.
Shotokan founder Gichin Funakoshi has said that "mind and technique become one in true karate".
Nowadays Karate-Do exists in a large variety of styles (or Ryu), and each one of them have their own particularities.
Kyokushin Karate is one of its most realistic and rigorous styles.
Sosai Masutatsu Oyama (1923-1994) founded the International Karate Organisation (IKO) Kyokushinkaikan in 1964. Since then the organisation has spread over the world and is now one of the biggest martial arts organisation worldwide.
Today the IKO is chaired by Kancho Shokei Matsui in Tokyo (Japan).
Every 4 years since 1975, the prestigious world open full contact tournament is held in Tokyo. The 11th edition took place in November 2015 with the victory of the Bulgarian Zahari Damyanov, being the first ever European to win the event.
What is Karate?
What is Kyokushin Karate?
Karate-Do is a Japanese martial art, or fighting method, involving a variety of techniques, including blocks, strikes, evasions, throws, and joint manipulations. Karate practice is divided into three aspects: kihon (basics), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).
The word Kyokushin is a combination of two Japanese characters: Kyoku, meaning extreme, and Shin, meaning truth; thus Kyokushin means "extreme" or "ultimate truth".
Adding the suffix "Kai", meaning, "to meet", gives the meaning of people coming together striving for a common ideal. Therefore, the word "Kyokushinkai" translates to "Society of the Ultimate truth".
Kyokushin Karate is a modern and rigorous full-contact form of stand-up fighting. Knock-down tournaments are held with no protection for senior adults.