The 100-Man Kumite of Kyokushinkai

January 25, 20131 Comment

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 rounds of sparring full-contact against similarly or higher-ranked opponents.

The first person to complete the challenge was the founder of Kyokushin, Sosai Mas Oyama, who did the 300-man kumite. 300 rounds of kumite over 3 days (100 rounds per day). Thee second person to complete the 100-man kumite was Hanshi Steve Arneil from the United Kingdom.

The first woman to complete the 100-man kumite was Naomi Woods Sensei in 2004.

In the featured video above, you’ll see footage of the 100-man kumite of Kancho Shokei Matsui, the current director of one of the main Kyokushinkai Organizations the International Karate Organization (IKO). He completed his 100-man kumite in 1987 as a 4th Dan (4th degree black belt).

You can also see the documentary of Kancho’s 100 man Kumite here (this is a Japanese documentary and is 45 minutes long):


Here is a more recent member of the 100-man Kumite club, Sensei Judd Reid. It’s a trailer of Reid Sensei’s documentary on the 100-man Kumite, which he completed on October 22nd, 2011. It will show his preparation and his fights that were completed under the auspicies of the WKO (World Kumite Organization).

Reid Sensei is the WKO Heavyweight Champion and was the first foreigner to have completed the 1000-day Uchideshi program at the Kyokushin Karate headquarters under Sosai Mas Oyama.

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