What is Karate?

    KARATE-DO – Japanese term consists of two words: “kara” (empty) and “te” (hand). Together they form the phrase “empty hand”. This refers to the technique of unarmed combat with bare (“empty”), hands and feet, and all the other parts of the body. “Do” means – Way. This emphasizes that karate is not just a set of techniques of defense and attack, but a way of life by which followed and improved life.



    What is Kyokushin?

    Masutatsu Oyama, the founder of the largest Karate organization started and established Bare-knuckle, Full-contact tournament system one of the top authoritative and influential figures in the world of Martial Arts history one of the pioneers in spreading the Asian Martial Arts to the West and to all over the world ever pursuing, ever a practitioner, he is recognized to be reached to the level of the true Mastery.


    Kyoku = Ultimate,  utmost

     Shin = Truth, truthfulness

    Kai = Organization Kan = Building, School

    Kyokushinkai Kanji

    The kanji (Japanese characters) calligraphy, worn universally on the front of the gi, 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”

                             Kyokushinkai Kanji


    The symbol of Kyokushin Karate is the Kanku, which is derived from Kanku Kata, the Sky Gazing Form. In this kata, the hands are raised and the fingers meet to form an opening through which the sky is viewed. The top and bottom points of the Kanku represent the first fingers of each hand touching at the top and the thumbs touching at the bottom, symbolizing the peaks or ultimate points. The thick sections at the sides represent the wrists, symbolizing power. The center circle represents the opening between the hands through which the sky is viewed, symbolizing infinite depth. The whole Kanku is enclosed by a circle, symbolizing continuity and circular action.


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    11 MOTTOS

    The Eleven Mottoes – Kyokushin Niju Kun

    Sosai Masutatsu Oyama summed up his entire Martial Arts philosophy in these eleven mottoes, also known as the Zayu no Mei Juichi Kajo,which are central in his teaching.

    1. The Martial Way begins and ends with courtesy. Therefore, be properly and genuinely courteous at all times.
    2. Following the Martial Way is like scaling a cliff – continue upwards without rest.It demands absolute and unfaltering devotion to the task at hand.
    3. Strive to seize the initiative in all things, all the time guarding against actions stemming from selfish animosity or thoughtlessness.
    4. Even for the Martial Artist, the place of money cannot be ignored. Yet one should be careful never to become attached to it.
    5. The Martial Way is centred in posture. Strive to maintain correct posture at all times.
    6. The Martial Way begins with one thousand days and is mastered after ten thousand days of training.
    7. In the Martial Arts, introspection begets wisdom. Always see contemplation on your actions as an opportunity to improve.
    8. The nature and purpose of the Martial Way is universal. All selfish desires should be roasted in the tempering fires of hard training.
    9.  The Martial Arts begin with a point and end in a circle. Straight lines stems from this principle.
    10. The true essence of the Martial Way can only be realized through experience. Knowing this, learn never to fear its demands.
    11. Always remember: In the Martial Arts the rewards of a confident and grateful heart are truly abundant.

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    Dojo Kun (Dojo Oath)


    1. We will train our hearts and bodies for a firm unshaking spirit.
    2. We will pursue the true meaning of the matrtial way, so that in time,our senses may be alert.
    3. With true vigor,we will seek to cultivate a spirit of self denial.
    4. We will observe the rules of courtesy,respect our superiors , and refrain from violence.
    5. We will follow our religious principles, and never forget the true virtue of humility.
    6. We will look upwards to wisom and strength, not seeking other desires.
    7. All our lives, through the discipline of karate, we will seek to fulfill the true meaning of the kyokushin way.

    1. Every student upon entering or leaving the Dojo, should turn and face the front of the dojo, bow and say “OSU”. This is to acknowledge the dojo and every person within.
    2. When late for a class, kneel (formal kneeling position) at the appropriate place, within sight of the instructor facing away from the class. When the instructor indicates it is now safe to join the class, you, stand up, turn to the front, bow and say “OSU” then “Shitsurei Shimasu” (excuse me for disturbing), then quickly join at the rear (regardless of you grade)_ of the class.
    3. Do not eat, drink, eat or chew gum in the Dojo.
    4.Do not leave the class without asking permission from the instructor. If you must leave your position, walk behind the line you are in to the side and proceed around the back of the class.
    5.Always address the instructor and seniors by their proper title (Shihan, Sensei or Sempai). Acknowledge them with a loud “OSU” if they speak to you.
    6.Your attitude should be serious, so do not talk or cause disruption during the class.
    7. All directions, from the instructor a senior grade in the dojo be obeyed without question.
    8. Always move quickly in class when instructed to do something.
    9. Do not practice kumite (fighting) unless the instructed tells you to do so.
    10.Do not stop if you are having problems keeping up let the instructor know or do your best.
    11. During any break do not sit, lie down or lean against the wall.
    12.All students should accept the responsibility of keeping the Dojo clean and tidy.
    13.Your dogi must be neat clean at all times. When not being used your dogi should be put folded neatly or hung up.
    14. Your belt should never be washed, as it represents the spirit of your hard training.
    15. Males should never wear t-shirts or other clothing underneath their dogi, it suggests that you will not be training hard and you will need it to keep warm.
    16.Keep fingernails and toenails cut short.
    17.Do not wear jewellery during training.

    The meaning of “OSU”

    18. “OSU” comes from the “Oshi shinobu” which means to” persevere while being pushed “it is the most used word in Kyokushin and used in a number of ways but mostly “to acknowledge the situation”. The instructor may ask a question that requires a “yes” you should say “osu” he may also ask a question that required a “no” again you should answer with “osu” , confused, it will become very obvious when you are in a class.
    19.OSU is very important in Kyokushin Karate; it signifies respect and determination.