Kyoku = Ultimate, Utmost
Shin = Truth
Kai = Organization
Kan = Building, School
Masutatsu Oyama (1923-1994)
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|Influence and Linearage of Kyokushin Karate and Mas Oyama|
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Before the art of Karate-do, there was Okinawan Kobudo (Old Budo) that has been locally named as "Te". There were three schools in Te: Naha Te, Shuri Te, and Tomari Te. Kanryo Higaonna of Goju Ryu is a famous Naha Te master. Sokon Matsumura is a famous Shuri Te master.
Mas Oyama frequently mensions about the art which he learned when he was 9 years old in the land of Manchuria. He tells that the mysterious man who taught this art was a survivor of the Boxers Rebellion incidence in the Chinese history, and that the art was called Chinese Fist. Chakuriki is a Japanese pronounciation of the word which may be translated as "Borrowed Force."
There is a strong "behind the scenes" relationship between many of the top Kyokushin members and Kenji Sawai, the founder of Taiki Ken. Taiki Ken is an art of Chinese style categorized as an Internal School, as Taichi, Paqua and Xing Yi are. Some Kyokushin schools incorporate training methods of Taiki Ken, such as Ritsu Zen (Standing Zen).
Aiki Jiujitsu is an art Aikido is derived from. There is a description of Oyama's Aiki Jiujitsu teacher in one of the articles "Mas Oyama answers to your questions" you see above.
Formerly a Kyokushin Karate dojo, founded by Thom Harinck of Holland. It is obviously named after the first Martial Art Mas Oyama practiced, Chakuriki.
Peter Aerts: World Kickboxing, Muay Thai Champion. 3 time K-1 Champion. Holland.
Branko Cikatic: World Kickboxing, Muay Thai Champion. K-1 Champion. Croatia.
Founded by Kenji Kurosaki. He is one of the three legendary Kyokushin fighters who fought against Muay Thai in 1964. After he lost his fight, he pioneered Kickboxing in Japan. One of his students, Fujiwara, became the Thai national Champion as the first foreigner to become so in 500 history of Muay Thai.
Peter Aerts: World Kickboxing, Muay Thai Champion, 3 time K-1 Champion. Holland.
One of many Karate organizations that branched out of Kyokushin. Promotes the prestigeous Kickboxing event K-1. Different from Seido Juku of USA. Chairman is Kazuyoshi Ishii.
Andy Hug: World Muay Thai Champion. K-1 Champion. Switzerland. The most recognized K-1 fighter.
Taiei Kin: World Muay Thai Champion.
Masaharu Satake: World Kickboxing Champion.
Branched out of Kyokushin Kaikan. Soshu Shigeru Oyama (not blood-related to Mas Oyama) who was one of the top Kyokushin Shihan (instructor).
Willy Williams: He is famous for his fight against Antonio Inoki. He currently fights in Shootfighting and Professional Wrestling rings in Japan.
Branched out of Kyokushin Kaikan. The founder, Tadashi Nakamura was one of the three Kyokushin fighters who fought in Thai, where he and another have successfully won.
William Oliver: Famous for his fight at the First World Kyokushin tournament, as seen in the film, "Fighting Black Kings." Noted for his kicks.
Branched out of Kyokushin Kaikan. Founded by Yoshiji Soeno.
Azuma, who is famous for his fight at the First World Kyokushin Tournament, started Hokutoki tournament system where the fighters wear special head gear that lets bear-knuckle facial strikes.
Ichihara: Famous for his fight against Royce Gracie in UFC II.
Founded by Kyokushin Champion Joko Ninomiya, it's branched out of Ashihara Karate, which is an off-shoot of Kyokushin. Both schools stress Sabaki, circular step-work. Popularized by Sabaki Challenge tournament in US.