Kyokushin Karate is a karate that was created by studying and experiencing all kinds of martial arts and the rigorous training that my teacher, President Mas Oyama, imposed on himself.
Nowadays, it has spread all over the world, and many people, regardless of country, ethnicity, or religion, are learning Kyokushin and training their minds and bodies.
As a recent trend, the main purpose is to win the game, and I do not feel that the content and knowledge of the lessons are biased only to what is necessary for the game. The position of a karate teacher also becomes like a coach, and I feel that the players specialize in supporting roles to win the game. Of course, that is not a bad thing, but I would like to make a clear distinction between the so-called “competition karate” that is based on competition and the “martial arts karate” that we are aiming for.
Competitive karate is karate that focuses on competition (tournament), including the training system, and many people today misunderstand this as Kyokushin karate.
In the past, it was no exaggeration to say that the Kyokushin Championship was the only one in the Autumn All Japan Championship. The practice in the dojo is not “training for the tournament”, but the main content is the repetitive practice of the basic practice and the traditional practice, and the kumite also incorporates facial attacks, throwing and joint-locking techniques.
About 30 years ago, the competition held in rural areas has increased, and youth competitions have become popular. From around this time, “training for the tournament” became prosperous, and for those who started karate after this era, or who were players, it is Kyokushin that only does what is necessary for the game. They may have misunderstood.
I have stated that “Kyokushin Karate is a martial arts karate.”
We set the origin in the fight for life with martial arts karate and perform all kinds of training for that purpose. Not only the technique limited to the tournament, but also when the opponent has a weapon, when there are multiple cases, and when the opponent is different from Karate, various training needs arise. Kyokushin Karate founded by President Oyama is a karate that pursues such practicality.
And to learn all kinds of techniques, we need a “master” to teach them. The “master” must strive to improve himself and teach not only the skill but also the humanity of the disciple who acquires the skill. That is what a relationship of “learning” is born. Respect and gratitude are important for “learning”. Furthermore, the relationship of trust between the teacher and the disciple is also important. From this, it can be said that the most important thing in martial arts karate is the “teacher-apprentice relationship”.
It is undeniable that the result of a tournament leads to the motivation and evaluation of players in this era. Kyokushinkan also encourages participation in games, and I am very pleased to have strong players grow up. However, we must never forget that Kyokushin Karate is originally a martial arts karate, and that “the basis of martial arts karate is a teacher-apprentice relationship.”
Kyokushin Karate-do federation Kyokushinkan
Kancho Hatsuo Royama