What is Kyokushin Karate?

I know what Karate is but what's Kyokushin?

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  • Kyokushin is another style of karate, shotokan is its parent style. Kyokushin practitioners, unlike shotokan or most other forms of karate, spar full contact when training. Im not one to say one style is better than another but guys who train in the art of kyokushin are well known for being some of the toughest there are, think muay thai tough. The founder, Mas Oyama, is known for choping the horns off bulls with one swipe and there is a serious focus an mental as well as physical "hardening" so to speak. There is an emphasis in full contact sparring too. I cant remember if its to get a black belt or one of the higher belts but at some point every practitioner has to do the "100 Man Kumite" in which they have to spar with literally 100 people over a period of 2 or 3 days (i forget). Keep in mind this is full contact sparring and you have to win i think it was 70 of the 100 fights in order to advance. People literally end up in the hospital from the 100 man Kumite. Kyokushin is serious business and not for everybody. It is hard to find a dojo that teaches kyokushin also because its hard to keep students. I practice several martial arts, have since the 80's, but kyokushin is what Ive always wanted to learn. Its the real deal and there is no such thing as a kyukushin McDojo if you know what I mean.Look up its founder, Mas Oyama, for more info, also you can look up kyokushin on youtube.

  • Kyokushin is a semi traditional school of Karate, it's a combination of Shotokan and Goju-ryu with a flavouring of Muay Thai thrown in for good measure.

    Kyokushin is famous for bare knuckle tourmanents that don't allow punches to the head but encourage kicks to that area under the belief that if you get kicked in the head you deserve it.

    Kyokushin was founded by a Korean remembered as Masatatsu Oyama who learned 18-hands Kempo, Judo, Boxing, Shotokan and Goju-ryu Karate, he was famous for wrestling bulls, doing three days worth of 100-man kumite and travelling the world for challenge matches against other stylists. The style starts out very similar to Shotokan linear attacking and teaching methods then eventually starts to add Goju-ryu's circular deflecting principals under the belief that a student should be adept at meeting aggression with aggression before attempting to meet aggression with skill.

    @Poppi

    That's not entirely true. A Kyokushin McDojo is one that doesn't spar or doesn't spar hard. Sparring and sparring hard is the foundation of Kyokushin but there are some schools that try to keep the name without the brutality, they cropped up when Oyama died and loyalties split between about three 9th dans, because nobody was sure who taught who some rubbish schools have managed to survive.

    Oh and 100 man Kumite is one day.

  • For one, Kajukenbo is NOT Karate. Two, fighting styles don't fight in much the same way that Cajun doesn't cook, Danish doesn't speak, or Impressionism doesn't paint. Therefore, one style cannot be "stronger" than another style, Edit: Karate has elements taken directly from White Crane Kung Fu. That does not mean Karate is Kung Fu. Also, there is no such thing as "Korean Karate." The style you're referring to is Tang Soo Do. Call it Tang Soo Do. It wasn't called that so people could call it something else. So what if there are Kyokushin competitions? Judo is a sport, MMA is a sport, Taekwondo is a sport. That doesn't mean it doesn't work. On the contrary, competitions are really one of the best training exercises you can do. How else can you practice fighting strangers who are trying their hardest to beat you? Edit 2: Head kicks are allowed in Kyokushin. That elicits some kind of protection of the head, bro. Stop being an idiot.

  • From Wikipedia:

    Kyokushin kaikan (極真会館?) is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese karate master, Masutatsu Oyama (大山倍達 Ōyama Masutatsu?) who was born under the name Choi Young-Eui (최영의). Kyokushinkai is Japanese for "the society of the ultimate truth". Kyokushin is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. Its full contact style has had international appeal (practitioners have over the last 40+ years numbered more than 12 million[1][2][3]).

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