World Zen Kyokushin

The History of

極真カラテ Kyokushin Karate

極真会 KYOKUSHINKAI, in Japanese means "Ultimate Truth". The name was selected by our founder, Masutatsu (Mas) Oyama to describe the pinnacle of martial arts training. Not an end result, but a neverending path to the point where dedication, perseverance and sweat meets strength, humility and wisdom.

The International Karate Federation Kyokushin Kaikan World Zen Kyokushin  follow the Karate way of building character, and training the mind and body to contribute to society, based on Sosai Mas Oyama's Kyokushin spirit:

"Keep your head low (modesty), eyes high (ambition), mouth shut (serenity); base yourself on filial piety and benefit others."

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Sosai Mas Oyama

Founder of KYOKUSHIN

Masutatsu ('Mas') Oyama was the founder of the KYOKUSHIN system of martial arts. After studying several martial arts styles in   and , Mas Oyama found that none offered what he felt was the 'true' way. He began practicing alone, and developed his own training, fighting methods and philosophy. Because Mas Oyama's technique was so powerful and realistic, he gained widespread recognition in Japan, and soon a huge following of would-be students around the world wanting to follow what they coined as "The Strongest Karate". Mas Oyama named his system, KYOKUSHIN™ which translates to "The True Way" or "The Ultimate Truth", and his legacy began. The International Karate Organization Kyokushin Kaikan was established in 1964, and has evolved into a global network of karate practitioners numbering over 12million in 125 countries. Sosai (founder) Mas Oyama is credited as originating the "full-contact" style of karate. Since it's inception, Kyokushin has directly spawned thousands of martial arts champions. Indeed full-contact knockdown fighters of today can trace their current methodology in some way to the success of Kyokushin. Mas Oyama passed away in April 1994 in Tokyo, Japan.

Soshi Kazuyuki Hasegawa

Soshi Kazuyuki Hasegawa 9 dan, enrolled at the So-Honbu in Ikebukuro / Tokyo in 1967.  He competed in the 1st All Japan Karate Open Tournament and took 3rd Place.

Next year he became the Champion of the 2nd All Japan Karate Open Tournament. At that time he scored an ippon for performing a perfectly timed Ashibarai followed by a Gedan Gyaku-tsuki, Soshi Hasegawa’s special technique. Soshi raised several of his students to obtain the same title.

Sosai Masutatsu Oyama appointed him as Branch Chief of Tokushima Prefecture in 1971, and a couple years later Sosai also entrusted him Aichi Prefecture. In 1999 Soshi Hasegawa received the Shakai-Bunka-Korosho (Cultural Award of the Community) from the Bunka-Shinkokai (Association of Cultural Development), this was the first time this award was given to a member of the Karate Kai.

He is also the author of several Kyokushin Karate books. Soshi Hasegawa is 9th Dan, is a C.E.O of the International Karate Organization Kyokushin-Kaikan World Zen-Kyokushin and is still focusing on developing future generations.

Takuma Kouketsu 

The invincible Champion

Kouketsu Takuma was born in 1981 in the province of Gifu (Japan), is married and has a daughter. He currently resides in the city of Nagoya, Aichi province. As a Kyokushin competitor, he has an impressive record, several times champion of Japan in the Open category and in the weight division and World Champion in 2008 and 2012.

Main achievements so far

《World Competition Indiscriminate Class》
2nd Kyokushin Alliance Cup World Karate Championship Winner

3rd Kyokushin Alliance Cup World Karatedo Championship Winner

1st Sogoku Shinkai Karatedo Championship Winner
《Karate World Cup》
1st Kyokushin Alliance Cup World Cup Karatedo Championship Heavyweight Runner-up
《All Japan Indiscriminate》
38th All Japan Karatedo Championship Champion
40th All Japan Karatedo Championship Champion
41st All Japan Karatedo Championship Runner-up
42nd All Japan Karatedo Championships Champion
Won the 43rd All Japan Karate Championship
45th All Japan Karatedo Championship Champion
The 46th All Japan Karate Championships Champion
《All Japan Weight System》
3rd in the 21st All-Japan Weight Competition Middleweight Class
The 22nd All Japan Weight System Tournament Medium Weight Runner-up
The 23rd All Japan Weight System Competition Heavy Weight 3rd Place
The 24th All Japan Weight System Competition 3rd in Heavyweight
25th All Japan Weight System Champion Heavyweight Champion
27th All Japan Weight System Champion Heavyweight Runner-up

100 Man Fight hyakunin kumite 

Kyokushin is famous for the “100 Man Kumite” (hyakunin kumite in Japanese), an extreme test of physical and mental endurance in Kyokushin Karate. The 100-man kumite consists of 100 rounds of kumite, each between one-and-a-half and two minutes in length. Normally, the karate practitioner undergoing the test will have to face similarly or higher-ranked opponents, and may face an opponent a few times in the course of the test (depending on the number of opponents available to participate).

The challenge was devised by Masutatsu Oyama, the founder of Kyokushin and the first person to complete the test. The second man to complete the test was Steve Arneil in 1965. In July 2004, Naomi Ali (née Woods) became the first woman to complete the 100-man kumite.

This is a collection of some people who have accepted the challenge and we were lucky enough to have recordings. Click on an image to see the video of the Kumite. Osu!

  1. Masutatsu Oyama (Japan)
  2. Steve Arneil (UK/South Africa, May 21, 1965)
  3. Tadashi Nakamura (Japan, October 15, 1965)
  4. Shigeru Oyama (Japan, September 17, 1966)(120 in total)
  5. Loek Hollander (The Netherlands, August 5, 1967)
  6. John Jarvis (New Zealand, 1967)
  7. Howard Collins (United Kingdom, December 1, 1972)
  8. Miyuki Miura (Japan, April 13, 1973)
  9. Shokei Matsui (Japan, April 18, 1986)
  10. Ademir da Costa (Brazil, April 25, 1987)
  11. Keiji Sampei (Japan, February 24, 1990)
  12. Akira Masuda (Japan, May 19, 1991)
  13. Kenji Yamaki (Japan, March 22, 1995)
  14. Marius Schoeman (South Africa, March 23, 1996)
  15. Francisco Filho (Brazil, March 22, 1995)
  16. Hajime Kazumi (Japan, March 13, 1999)
  17. Naomi Ali (Australia, July 4, 2004)
  18. Arthur Hovhannisyan (March 29, 2009)
  19. Emmanuel Beaufils, Argentina September 8, 2011.
  20. Judd Reid (Australia, October 22, 2011) 
  21. Tariel Nikoleishvili (Russia, April 26, 2014) 
  22. Abdullah Tarsha, Saudi Arabia (June 02, 2016)[13]
  23. Takuma Kouketsu, Japan (November 26, 2017)
  24. Daniel Sanchez, Spain (2018)

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