About International Karate Organization (I.K.O.) Kyokushinkaikan
The International Karate Organization (IKO) Kyokushinkaikan was instituted over 50 years ago by Mas Oyama to direct the multitude of Kyokushin practitioners around the globe who follow the teachings of Mas Oyama and to promote the Kyokushin Way for the benefit of society as a whole.
The founder of the IKO Kyokushinkaikan was Sosai Masutatsu Oyama, (1923 – 1994). Mas Oyama established the Kyokushin (“Ultimate Truth”) style based on the Karate Way of building character and training the mind and body to contribute to society. Sosai Mas Oyama’s inimitable Kyokushin Spirit, which he reiterated throughout his lifetime, was to “keep your head low (modesty), eyes high (ambition), mouths shut (serenity), and base yourself on filial piety to benefit others.”
The IKO Kyokushinkaikan currently operates in 120 countries across the globe, and maintains a membership base of over 12 million. The organization has been heralded as the largest martial arts organization in the world under the directorship of a single individual. The once-every-four-year World Open Karate Tournament is the milestone event for the Kyokushinkaikan, welcoming nearly 200 pre-selected and invited ‘knockdown’ fighters, all champions in their own region, to compete in Tokyo for the prestigious title before a sell-out crowd of over 25,000 over 3 days. The most recent, 9th World Open, was held on November 16, 17 and 18, 2007 and was championed by the indisputable Kyokushin Super Heavyweight icon, Ewerton Teixeira of Brazil.
The heart of Kyokushin Karate is real fighting. There can be no proof without real fighting. Without proof there is no trust. Without trust there is no respect. The Karate Way begins and ends with respect. This is the definition of Kyokushin.
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