KYOKUSHIN

KARATE

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KYOKUSHIN KARATE

FOUNDER

NAME

HISTORY

TRAINING

PHILOSOPHY

WHAT IS 
BEHIND OF

THE FOUNDER OF 
KYOKUSHIN KARATE

Masutatsu Ōyama, more commonly known as Mas Oyama, is our founder of the Kyokushin Karate. He considered the first and most influential style of full contact karate. He spent most of his life living in Japan and acquired Japanese citizenship in 1968.

Masutatsu Ōyama, more commonly known as Mas Oyama, is our founder of the Kyokushin Karate. He considered the first and most influential style of full contact karate. He spent most of his life living in Japan and acquired Japanese citizenship in 1968.

1923

Masutatsu Oyama, the founder of Kyokushin Karate, was born on July 27, 1923.

WHAT IS 
BEHIND OF

THE NAME OF 
KYOKUSHIN KARATE

After formally establishing the Kyokushinkaikan in 1964, Sosai Oyama directed the organization through a period of expansion. He hand-picked instructors who displayed ability in marketing the style and gaining new members.

Sosai would choose an instructor to open a new dojo. The instructor would move to that town and demonstrate his karate skills in public places. After that, word of mouth would spread through the local area until the dojo had a dedicated core of students. Sosai Oyama also sent instructors to other countries such as
 

  • the Netherlands (Kenji Kurosaki), 

  • Australia (Mamoru Kaneko and Shigeo Kato),

  • the United States (Miyuki Miura, Tadashi Nakamura, Shigeru Oyama and Yasuhiko Oyama), 

  • Great Britain (Steve Arneil), 

  • Canada (Tatsuji Nakamura) and 

  • Brazil (Seiji Isobe)


to spread Kyokushin in the same way. Many students, including Steve Arneil, Jon Bluming, and Howard Collins, traveled to Japan to train with Oyama directly. In 1969, he staged "The First All-Japan Full Contact Karate Open Championships" and Terutomo Yamazaki became the first champion.

All-Japan Championships have been held at every year. In 1975, The First World Full Contact Karate Open Championships were held in Tokyo. The World Championships have been held at four-yearly intervals since.

1975

In 1975 Terutomo Yamazaki became the first Champion of the The 1st World Full Contact Karate Open Championships.