Mas Oyama, 10th Dan, the founder of Kyokushin Karate, was born in 1923 in south-west Korea




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The Karate means "Empty Hand" KARA: Empty, TE: Hand.






Kyokushin is the name of the style of karate which was founded by Mas Oyama. Kyoku means ultimate, Shin means truth or reality. Understanding of the deeper meaning of the name Kyokushin requires contemplation. the symbol of kyokushin Karate is the Kanku (picture below), which originates from the kanku Kata. In this Kata the hands are raised into a sky scanning position and the symbol is thereby formed.



The wide sections represent the wrists and imply power. The center represents infinity, implying depth. The Kanku is enclosed a circle representing continuity and circular motion.




The Karate means "empty hand", KARA: empty, TE: hand.

The earliest origins of karate as we know it today are somewhat vague due to a lack of documentation.


The traditional idea acceptable to most authorities seems to indicate that is started in India. A Buddhist priest called in Chinese "Daruma", or Bhodidarma" as he is better known, wised to take his particular sect of Buddhism called Zen, to the Chinese as a missionary venture. It was not uncommon for itinerant priests to be able to fight as they would obviously be in danger on their wanderings from wild animals as well and from men.


Even Gautama Sidhartha himself had been a warror before he became the Bauddha. When he established Buddhism, he saw no contradiction in the idea of a man of peace and love also being skilful in combat. About 500 A. D., Bodhidarma reached the court of emperor Wu at Chein-K'ang in China, where he was warmly received. He left the courts eventually, heading north to Henan province and into seclusion in the Shao-lin temple (Shorin in Japanese) to teach Zen. He also taught his system of unarmed combat Shorin Kempo.


Forms of Chinese combat have been recorded as fat back as 3,00 B. C. Bhodidarma is credited with being the founder of Chinese Kempo, mainly because he added the meditative practices of yoga and Zen, making it a more complete system as we know it today. Zen is inseparably linked with Karate and every master of Karate seeks a more enlightened experience by studying Zen.


In fact all the major developments in Shorin Kempo were achieved by various priests through the years. For instance, one priest, Chiao Yuan, co-ordinated all his techniques after contemplating the fighting methods of five beasts: Tiger, Leopard, Snake, Crane and the Mythical Dragon.


Finally, the Close connection between priests and medicine resulted in not only discovering vital spots on the human body where cures could be applied, but also areas where Kempo attacks could be directed for best results.