About Kyokushin Karate, Extreme Kyokushin Karate and Sosai Oyama.

About Kyokushin Karate

The word Kyokushin is a combination of two Japanese characters: Kyoku, meaning extreme, and shin, meaning truth; thus Kyokushin means “extreme” or “ultimate truth”.

Karate, pronounced Ka-ra-te, is a form of empty handed fighting. Like most martial arts, it was born out of a need, a need to defend and protect oneself.
The physical methods of karate teach a student how to become a more efficient and effective fighter, and inturn, allows them to better defend themselves.

Furthermore, it develops and conditions the whole body by turning every part of it into a weapon. It combines offensive and defensive techniques (a variety of blocks, strikes, evasions, throws, and joint manipulations) that use all parts of the body to their maximum advantage. Fundamentally it teaches the body to react in a specific manner, under pressure, in certain (trained) situations.

Therefore, Karate may be defined as a weapon-less means of defence fighting, with a very simple and specific goal; to teach you how to fight.
Conversely, as Ginchin Funakoshi so eloquently states, the true nature of karate lies not in the physical confrontation but in the pursuit of character development; perfection of action through pure and truthful thought. Karate in the hands of people, without these ideals, becomes nothing more than a effective tool to hurt people with.

The aim of training then is to not only polish the skill of karate but to polish our spirit, and attitude; To shed the ego and strive towards the goal of character perfection.

Karate is a perfect way to condition the body, cultivate the mind & nurture the spirit.

Extreme Kyokushin Headquarters Melbourne

Beginners in sensei’s dojo are given private training on a daily basis by shodans (black belts), which introduce the techniques of Kyokushin karate and demonstration of their uses. These classes focus on the foundations of the style and its practical applications. This procedure is carried out until the student is ready to follow the advanced class.

In the advanced sessions the student learns to combine the basics learnt in the beginners and unite the techniques into movements involving co-ordination, balance, flexibility and strength. Self-defence is taught as well as fighting techniques. The art of overall body fitness, mental health, speed and power to react without thought to instantly deal with surprise attacks. Private lessons through Sensei are also available by request.

Sosai Masutatsu Oyama

The founder of our system, Masutatsu Oyama was born in 1923 near Seoul in South Korea. He studied Chinese Kempo at 9 years of age. When he was 12, he went to Japan to live and enrolled at University. After mastering Judo, he became a pupil of Gichin Funakoshi himself making such rapid progress that at 17 he was 2nd Dan and at 24 became 4th Dan.

Deciding that he wanted to devote the rest of his life to spreading the knowledge of Karate, he spent the next year in seclusion from human society, living in temples and in the mountains; subjecting himself to the physical rigours of martial arts training day and night and meditating on Zen precepts, seeking enlightenment. In 1951 he returned to civilization and started his own training hall in Tokyo.

In 1952, he travelled the United States for a year, demonstrating his karate life and on national television. During subsequent years, he took on all challengers, resulting in fights with 270 different people. The vast majority of these were defeated with one punch! A fight never lasted more than three minutes, and most rarely lasted more than a few seconds.

In 1953, Mas Oyama opened his first Dojo, a grass lot in Mejiro in Tokyo. In 1956, the first real Dojo was opened in a former ballet studio behind Rikkyo University, 500 meters from the location of the current Japanese Honbu dojo. By 1957 there were 700 members.

Sadly, Sosai Mas Oyama died, of lung cancer (as a non-smoker), at the age of 70 in April 1994, According to his wishes, as expressed to many of his senior students, Shokei Matsui was made Kancho (Director) of the International Karate Organization.

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