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The History and Spirit of Kyokushin Karate



                                                               ~  Masutatsu Oyama



A Brief History

Kyokushin Karate officially came into being in 1964. Its founder Sosai Masutatsu Oyama had been developing it during the 1930's, 40's and 50's. It rapidly gained popularity and spread into 120 countries including over 10 million members.

The first Canadian dojos opened in 1966 in Montreal, Quebec and Vancouver. The Canadian Kyokushin Karate Organization ( C.K.K.O. ) events include the Canadian Kyokushin Karate Championships, the Canadian Kyokushin Karate Kata Championships, Summer Training Camp, Winter Training Camp, as well as regional coloured belt tournaments. An annual Black Belt conference and training camp is also held as well as periodic clinics and training seminars.

Kyokushin Karate is a hard style of karate which requires its participants to conduct strenuous training, conditioning, and realistic contact while sparring  . The phrase " osu no seishin " ( perseverance under pressure ) expresses the mental strength and discipline of Kyokushin students.

The Dojo Kun (Dojo oath) written by Sosai Masutatsu Oyama demonstrates the meaning of the Kyokushin Way.


- We will train our hearts and bodies for a firm unshaken spirit.

- We will pursue the true meaning of the Martial Way, so that in time our senses may be alert

- With true vigor, we will seek to cultivate a spirit of self-denial

- We will observe the rules of courtesy, respect our superiors and refrain from violence

- We will follow our religious principles and never forget the true virtue of humility

- We will look upwards to wisdom and strength, not seeking other desires

- All our lives, through the discipline of karate, we will seek to fulfill the true meaning of the Kyokushin Way 

Winter Camp 2005 - Vernon, B.C.



Canadian Kanku

The international symbol of Kyokushin Karate, the Kanku originates from the kata Kanku Dai. In this form the hands are raised to the sky with fingers touching. In the logo, the fingers are represented by the points implying the peaks or ultimate. The wrists as the wide sections signifies power. The center represents infinity and the outer circle represents continuity and circular motion. The Canadian Kanku which also has a maple leaf in the center is pictured here and throughout this website.