“We at Kyokushin Karate do not promote or practice discrimination or prejudice based on ethnicity, race, nationality, politics, philosophy, religion, sex or age and recognize that everyone has the same rights. Our greatest pursuit is to reach for the goal of international friendship and world peace.”
The founder of Kyokushinkai karate was Masutatsu Oyama. Born in 1923 in South Korea, ‘Mas’ Oyama studied Chinese Kempo from the age of 9. After moving to Japan at the age of 12 where he mastered Judo and became a pupil of Gichin Funakoshi. By the age of 17 he had achieved 2nd dan and was awarded 4th dan at the age of 24.
In 1947 Mas Oyama won the All Japan Karate Championship and it was at this point that he decided to devote the rest of his life to sharing his knowledge of karate. As a result the next year of his life was spent living alone in the mountains and temples where he spent his days practicing karate and meditating on Zen precepts in the pursuit of enlightenment. His training routines were extremely rigourous and resulted in him being able to break trees and rocks with his bare hands.
Upon returning to society, Mas Oyama began traveling the world and demonstrated his karate skills by fighting bulls and defeating challengers from all frontiers. Mas Oyama’s reputation began to spread around the world and many people wanted to learn his style of karate. Today, Kyokushinkai dojos can be found in over 123 counties around the globe.
One of Hatsuo Royama’s first steps upon forming Kyokushin-kan was the re-establishment of Mas Oyama’s Kyokushin Shogakukai foundation as prescribed in Mas Oyama’s will at the time of his death. Mas Oyama had originally founded this non-profit foundation in Japan many years earlier with the mission of strengthening the bodies, minds and souls of young Japanese people while at the same time fostering ideals that would increase the possibilities for world peace. The purpose of establishing this organization as a government recognized non-profit foundation was to ensure that money and the hunger for money would never belittle the ultimate truth and lofty ideals of the Kyokushin way.
In the 3 years since Kyokushin-kan was founded, over 6000 Japanese karateka have flocked to support its cause in 50 branches composed of many dojos spread across Japan. Additionally, 25 overseas branches have formally been established, including Russia, South Africa, Korea, Kazakhstan, the United States and others. Also, for these three years Kyokushin-kan has sponsored annual all-Japan and all-Japan weight category tournaments held in Saitama, north of Tokyo, and all Kyokushin-kan members eagerly celebrated Kyokushin-kan’s 1st World Open Karate Tournament held in Moscow in September, 2005.
(This article is compiled from various sources on the Internet)