Kyokushin Karate

Sosai Mas Oyama


(Pronounced: "Key-yoke / shin") is a traditional Japanese style of Karate. Kyokushin means "Ultimate truth or reality" The Kyokushin style of karate was founded by the late Masutatsu Oyama. After having practiced traditional styles of Karate he developed a more positive method of fighting which became commonly known as "The Strongest Karate" Kyokushin was cited by the Guinness book of World Records as one of the five major schools of Karate in Japan, and at one time Kyokushin was cited as the largest organization under one master. In the December 1999 issue of Inside Kung Fu Magazine Mas Oyama was sited as "One of the greatest Karate Masters of all time."

Kyokushin Symbols

Kyokushinkai Calligraphy

The symbol shown to the left is worn on the front of the gi (uniform) on the left of the wearer's chest. The symbol is Japanese calligraphy artwork for "kyokushinkai," which is the name given by Sosai Mas Oyama to the karate style he created.

Kanji Characters Kyoku, Shin, Kai The artwork was originally painted by Sensei Haramotoki, calligraphy master and friend of Sosai Mas Oyama. It means "Society of the ultimate truth" and is comprised of the three Kanji characters shown here to the right: "kyoku," "shin," and "kai". The meanings of each are as follows.

kyoku Kyoku
Ultimate; Extreme
shin Shin Reality; Truth from within
kai Kai To meet; Society; Association

Kyokushin Kanku Symbol

Kanu Dai Kata - Sky Gazing FormThe "logo" of Kyokushinkai is the Kanku shown to the left. The Kanku is derived from the Kanku Kata, sky gazing form. In this Kata the hands are raised to scan the sky and the symbol is formed. The points of the Kanku represent the fingers and imply the ultimate or peaks. The thick sections, represent the wrists and imply power. The center represents infinity, implying depth. The whole Kanku is based and enclosed by a circle, representing continuity and circular action.

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