Today marks the 20th year since the passing of the founder of Kyokushinkai Karate, Sosai Mas Oyama. His teachings has made a massive impact on thousands of students around the world and spurred many off-shoot systems, including: Ashihara Karate, Enshin Karate, Daido Juku (Kudo), Oyama Juku, Seido Juku, Seidokaikan, Shinkyokushin, Seibukai and many more.
The 100-man kumite is known as one of the toughest tests of your endurance (both physically and mentally) in martial arts. It originates from Mas Oyama’s Kyokushinkai Karate, known for its ‘bare knuckle’ style of kumite (sparring). The 100-man kumite, also known as “Hyakunin Kumite” (百人組手) in Japanese, is one hundred 1.5 to 2 minute […]
In this video on Karate by NHK World program “Samurai Spirit” hosted by renowned Kyokushin Karate-ka and former European Knock-Down Karate Champion Nicholas Pettas, you will discover not only his style of Karate but also Karate in Okinawa. First he stops by the dojo of the famous Kyokushinkai knockdown fighter, Hajime Kazumi sensei. He is […]
One could say that Okinawan Martial Arts, and Okinawan Karate styles in particular, are the progenitor of most later systems of Karate. The first recorded history of Karate or Tode is in the late 18th or early 19th century by a Chinese named Kusanku. Kusanku was an ambassador of the Qing (dynasty) sent to Okinawa […]
Body hardening training has been a mainstay of many traditional martial arts hailing from China and Okinawa. And these days you see this type of training more commonly in Okinawan systems of Karate and Southern Chinese systems. The video above by Morio Higaonna sensei features conditioning techniques called Kote Kitae, which means “forging of the […]