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Kyokushin Karate

About Kyokushinkai

Kyokushinkai (also called Kyokushin karate or simply Kyokushin) is a martial art of Japanese origin.
Sosai Masutatsu Oyama, born in Korea July 27, 1923, is the karate master and founder of Kyokushin karate, the first and most influential form of full contact karate. In 1952, Masutatsu Oyama founded the Kyokushinkai can. 

The meaning of Kyokushinkai is:

  • Kyoku = the extreme
  • Shin = truth
  • Kai = working together

Kyokushin fighting style and technique
Kyokushinkai is known as the hardest and virtually the only official form of "full contact" karate. It is a full contact karate style in which parts Kihon (technique), kata (mock fighting) and kumite (fighting), are mandatory parts.

Kihon is the collection of basic techniques and consists of techniques such as punches, kicks, blocks, strikes and combinations thereof. Kihon can be performed in both stationary and moving forms in various stances. These techniques form the basis for kata and kumite which must be practiced constantly. This applies to both the beginner and advanced karateka. The idea is that through constant practice these techniques can be applied almost unconsciously when necessary. The techniques have varying degrees of difficulty. By training Kihon you also train your coordination, fitness, strength and other aspects.

A "kata" in Kyokushin Karate is a series of movements such as kicks, punches and defenses, where you move in specific positions Each kata has its own specific set of movements and sequence. The purpose of practicing kata is to learn traditional fighting techniques.
When you practice kata, you develop your balance, coordination, breathing and concentration. If you do it well, it is not only a good physical exercise, but also helps to improve control of your body and mind. The idea is that through repeated training, you keep refining your movements.
Practicing kata is also a way of showing respect for the history of Kyokushin Karate and martial arts in general. It emphasizes the importance of perseverance and training and develops not only physical skills, but also self-discipline.  At both national and international levels, kata competitions are held.

Traditionally, therefore, The ' Fighting Spirit' (Kokoro), Bushido and dojo-kun in the authentic dojo are highly regarded. The fight itself is the focus of our karate style, kyokushinkai is also known as ' World's strongest and hardest karate'.
This means that for seniors matches are held without protectors and full contact is allowed. Within a tight framework of rules, overseen by five referees per match.
Kyokushin has a foundation (KIHON) of 6 katas. In these katas the basic principles are
- 3x Sukogi kata (focusing on balance and leg techniques)
- 3x Taikyoku kata (focusing on balance and arm techniques)
- 5x Pinan kata
- 12x higher kata's in which all aspects of karate are reflected.
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