Kara-te means "empty hand". Loosely translated it concerns the 'art of fighting without weapons ", using parts of the body that can act as a weapon, such as for example fist, elbow, knee, leg, foot, etc .... The origin of unarmed combat in Southeast Asia situated for our time in the current Indies. Itinerant Zen Buddhist priests had to defend themselves against robbers and observed above, the attack and defense movements of animals. Around 500 AD attracts Bodhidarma (Daruma) to the Henan province in China today where he made available his knowledge in the Shaolin Temple monks. This martial art is known as Kempo.
From here the art would spread throughout China and also to Korea and Japan. Karate as we know it came on the Japanese island of Okinawa established late 18th century. The Chinese-derived techniques were combined to fight with the local systems of unarmed. The three main tendencies were Naha-te, Tomari-te and Shuri-te. In the early 20th century recorded the one all these styles under the name Kara-te. The current Karate father is without doubt Gichin Funakoshi. He studied the major styles and systematized here zijnShotokan-Karate. This style is characterized by predominantly linear techniques. In 1922 Funakoshi was invited to give demonstrations in Tokyo from his Karate. He will stay there until his death in 1957.
Another important master from Okinawa, Chojun Mijagi gathered mainly techniques of Chinese origin. Are mainly of circular techniques including karate he called Goju-Ryu. His successor Gogen Yamaguchi ( "cat") will announce its style on the Japanese mainland. In 1923 Masutatsu Oyama was born in Korea. At the age of 9, he already studied Chinese Kempo and forms of Taekwondo. His father sent him at age 15 to Japan shortly before the outbreak of W.O.II. Initially, he began the study of Judo, where he earned a 4th dan. In 1938, however, Oyama enrolled in the school of Gichin Funakoshi to concentrate then monitor the Goju-Ryu Yamaguchi headed by So Nei Shu. Under his leadership Oyama will also proficient in Zen meditation. Oyama, meanwhile 4th then got in Karate-Do, then in 1947 won the 1st All Japan Championship. Inspired by the famous book of the samurai Musashi he will withdraw then in 1948 for 18 months on Mount Kiyosumi in the Japanese province of Chiba. In this period, Oyama to undergo a rigorous training of mind and body. The daily physical training alternates with Zen meditation. In this harsh environment is slowly developed his form of Karate. He combined the linear techniques Funakoshi with the circular motion of Goju-Ryu. Point and circle are the essence of his Karate. He also emphasized the most realistic approach to the free fight, without neglecting the basic techniques and kata. In 1950, he decided to test the effectiveness of his style to reality by going into the fight with a bull. For this, he rented a room in a slaughterhouse where he killed three bulls and 49 others went off the horns.
Convinced of his abilities Mas Oyama then traveled through Asia and the U.S. where he and dozens of challengers (boxers, wrestlers, Thai boxers, judokas, ...) fought and defeated them all in seconds. Most of them were necessary after the expiry medical care or hospitalization. During this time, his nickname 'the Godhand "born. Oyama defeated his opponents usually with just a single technique, Ichi Geki Hissatsu (one blow certainement death). In 1953 he opened his first dojo in Mejiro, Tokyo. 1956, however, can be regarded as the actual start of the Oyama-school or Kyokushinkai. The style of the 'ultimate truth' will, however, in 1964 at the opening of the Honbu dojo (headquarters) good start. At that time he also founded the International Karate Organization Kyokushinkai-kan to promote his karate worldwide. A style based on the samurai principle 'osu no sign chin "or" the spirit of perseverance': 1000 days of training a beginner, 10 000 days of training a master. His Karate was next to the spectacular demonstrations known for his matchless books. "What is Karate" (1958), "This is Karate" (1965), "Advanced Karate" (1970) and "Karate, the world of the ultimate '(1984) are the first systematic work on this martial art.
Since 1975 is held every four years the World Kyokushin-Karate. Kyokushin Karateka's from all over the world compete for the honor in one open weight category according to the knock-out / knock-down system (full contact) on the basis of three-minute rounds. They only scored a knockout if the opponent is not able to fight more than 10 seconds! Another spectacular Kyokushin event as the "100-man kumite. This test requires participants successively fought 100 opponents on the basis of the known rules Kyokushinkai is a unique place within the world of martial arts. It goes without saying that only a few have been able to accomplish this ultimate test. Oyama did himself this test three times consecutively for three consecutive days! After that, there were no longer available opponents. We can say that at this moment millions of enthusiastic pleasure worldwide to experience the legacy of Mas Oyama. He died in Tokyo on April 26 1994 after a long illness. Since the death of Sosai is the original organization of Mas Oyama in Japan disintegrated into several parts which are all trying to preserve his legacy and to uphold the Kyokushin standard.
Zusters Van O.L. Vrouwstraat 49, 2170 Merksem
Tue: 20:00 - 22:00
Thu: 21:00 - 23:00
Shihan Mees Patrick Renshi
Mobile: +32 486 07 14 01
St. Elisabethlei 3 (1° verdieping), 2300 Turnhout
Tue: 20:00 - 22:00
Thu: 20:00 - 22:00
Kyoshi Beernaert Willy
Mobile: +32 496 30 35 02