History and philosophy

Kyokushin or kyokyshinkai is a style of full contact karate, founded in 1953 by Masutatsu Oyama in Tokyo. Kyokushinkai is Japanese for "the society of the ultimate truth". Kyokushin is rooted in shōtōkan et le gōjū-ryū, with a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training.

The dojo Kun is the training hall oath. Sosai Oyama wrote these words, often recited in dojos where kyokushin is practiced:

  • We will train our hearts and bodies for a firm and unshakeable spirit.
  • We will pursue the true meaning of the martial way so that in time our senses are alert.
  • With true vigour 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 up towards wisdom and strength not seeking other desires.
  • All our lives through the discipline of karate we will seek to fulfil the true meaning of the Kyokushin way

One of the goals of kyokushin is to strengthen and improve character by challenging oneself through rigorous training.