Kyokushin History

Kyokushin (極真?) is a full contact style of karate, founded in 1964 by Korean Masutatsu Oyama (大山倍達 Ōyama Masutatsu?) who was born under the name Choi Young-Eui.[1] 최영의. Kyokushin is Japanese for "the ultimate truth." Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self- improvement, discipline and hard training. It’s a f full contact famous style of Karate in all over World. Simply means "Kyokushinkai", which is the name given by Sosai Mas Oyama to the Karate style he created. It is composed of three characters:
Kyoku - meaning "Ultimate".
Shin - meaning "Truth" or "Reality".
Kai - meaning "Society" or "Association".

Sosai Masutatsu Oyama was born on July 27th, 1923, in a village in Southern Korea. At the age of 9 whilst staying on his sister's farm in Manchuria, he first learnt the Martial Arts, studying the southern Chinese Kempo form known as "Eighteen Hands." In 1938 Mas Oyama traveled to Japan. He continued practicing judo and boxing and his interest in Martial Arts led him to the dojo of Gishin Funakoshi, he started practicing Okinawa Karate with his dedication.
Mas Oyama opened his first "Dojo" in 1953 in Mejiro, Tokyo. a grass lot in Mejiro in Tokyo. In 1956, the first real Dojo was opened in a former ballet studio behind Rikkyo University, 500 meters from the location of the current Japanese honbu dojo (headquarters). This was the time that Mas Oyama's Karate strength was at its peak so the training was severe. Many students were members of other styles and Mas Oyama would compare styles and build on his Karate. He would take what he felt were the best techniques and concepts from any Martial Art and gradually fit them into his training; therefore laying the foundations of Kyokushin Karate.
The first "School of Oyama" outside Japan was opened in 1957 by Shihan Bobby Lowe in Hawaii. In 1952, Mas Oyama gave his first demonstration in Hawaii. After the demonstration Shihan Bobby Lowe met Mas Oyama and arranged to train with him. Mas Oyama invited Bobby Lowe to Tokyo to train with him and Bobby Lowe did and trained for over a year and a half. In this way Shihan Bobby Lowe became the first "uchi-deshi" of Kyokushin, a tradition that later grew to be known as the "Wakajishi" or Young Lions of Mas Oyama, where a select few are chosen each year to devote themselves to Karate for one thousand days.
The building of the World Headquarters started in 1963 and was officially opened in 1964. It was at this time that Mas Oyama adopted the name Kyokushin "The Ultimate Truth". Kyokushin had started its spread around the globe and at present is one of the largest martial art organizations in the world. It goes without saying that a style is only as strong as the students who represent it. This is why it is the responsibility of all those who have chosen to follow Sosai, to train hard and forge and indomitable spirit so that the tradition of strength in Kyokushin Karate.

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