International Kyokushin Organisation (G.B.) Wales

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Mas Oyama - Founder of Kyokushin

The founder of our system, Masutatsu Oyama, was born in 1923 near Seoul in South Korea. He studied Chinese Kempo at nine years of age and at the age of twelve, went to Japan to live and enrol at University. After mastering Judo he became a pupil of the legendary Gichin Funakoshi, making such rapid progress that at seventeen he gained Nidan and at twenty four became a Yondan. During the war in 1947, he won the All Japan Karate Championships against all-comers !


Deciding that he wanted to devote the rest of his life to spreading his knowledge of Karate, he spent the next years in seclusion, living in Temples training day and night, meditating on Zen precepts and seeking enlightenment.


During this period of self exile he struggled with wild animals, smashed trees and rocks with his bare hands and meditated under icy waterfalls in an extremely severe course of rigid discipline. In 1951 he returned to civilisation and started his own training Dojo. His fame spread rapidly as his ability was sensational ! Among many feats he had defeated a bull with his bare hands!


After many successful tours, demonstrating his skills training Dojo’s were set up all over the world. In 1965, the present five-storey building—Honbu was opened in Tokyo. Today there are Kyokushin branches in over forty Countries Worldwide, including of course Great Britain.

Mas Oyama 1923 - 1994

1923 - Born Choi Yeong Eui at Gimje Korea

1936 - Moves to Japan

1938 - Starts training in Karate styles Goju Ryu and Shotokan

1946 - Embarks on Solitary Mountain Training

1950 - Demonstrates Extreme Feats of Karate in Japan

1952 - Travels to USA to exhibit and take Challenges

1956 - Establishes 1st Full Time ‘Oyama Karate’ Dojo

1957 - Style Officially named Kyokushinkai

1958 - Publishes First Book “What is Karate?”

1965 - 1st Non Japanese Completes the 100 Man Kumite Challenge

1973 - Publishes “This is Karate?”

1975 - Holds 1st World Open Knockdown Tournament

1990 - World Kyokushinkai Memberships surpass 10 Million

1994 - Passes Away aged 70

Masutatsu Oyama

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The following eleven sayings are known as the 'Eleven mottoes'. These sayings combined with the Dojo Kun form a  concise but profound philosophical base for Kyokushin Karate. 

  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 Matrial 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 begins with a point and end in a circle. Straight lines stem from this principle.

  10. The true essence of the Martial Way can only be realised 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.