Kyokushin is Full-Contact or Knock-Down Karate, a style of stand-up fighting; founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese Masutatsu "Mas" Oyama. "Kyokushin" is Japanese for "the ultimate truth". It is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. It`s style has international appeal and practitioners have over the last 40+ years numbered more than 12 millions globally.
The time of one bout is three minutes (elimination two minutes), There is a possibility of two extensions, two minutes each. If a decision cannot be reached after two extensions, the victory is awarded to the competitor 10 kg lighter. In case of no weight difference, then number of boards broken at the breaking test (Tameshiwari) becomes a criterion in awarding the victory.
If there is no difference in neither weight nor number of broken boards, there will be a third extension; after this
extension a decision must be reached.
Victory is awarded to the competitor who has scored one full point (IPPON), who has won by decision (including
half-point (WAZA-ARI), or whose opponent has obtained a foul, or whose opponent has been disqualified.
Any technique (thrust, kick, elbow strike etc.); which downs the opponent for more than three seconds, is regarded as a full-point; IPPON. If the opponent has lost his will to fight for more than three seconds, it will be regarded as a full-point; IPPON.
Two half-points (WAZA-ARI) results in a full-point: IPPON
Any technique (thrust, kick, elbow strike etc.), which downs the opponent for less than three seconds, after which he stands up and resumes the fight, is regarded as a half-point;
WAZA-ARI If the opponent has lost his will to fight for less than three seconds, after which he continue the fight, it will be regarded as a half-point; WAZA-ARI
If the opponent has received so much damage that he loses his balance, but does not fall down, it will be regarded as a half-point; WAZA-ARI
When an opponent is downed with any techniques, including foot sweeps, immediately followed by a downward punch, one half-point might be awarded.
Here are the basic techniques that are allowed in full-contact fighting:
Elbow Strike and Fore-fist Thrust such as: Oi-Tsuki, Gyaku-Tsuki, Shita - and Tate-Tsuki (only to the body), Front Kick, High Round House Kick, Low Kick, Side Kick, Axe Kick, and Leg Sweep Followed By A Non-Contact Thrust.
Attacking A Downed Competitor, Any Kind Of Strike To The Face Or Head With The Hands Or Forearms Or Elbows, Grabbing, Groin Kick, Head-butt, Pushing With The Head And Attacking, Kicking To The Back Of The Head, Straight Kick To The Knee, Any Straight Kick Below The Belt, Strike To The Neck, Pushing Of Any Kind and Striking To The Spine.
Tameshiwari (Breaking) Rules:
The materials used for the breaking test shall be boards of cryptomerid cedar 33 centimeters (13 inches) long, 21 centimeters (8 inches) wide, and 24 millimeters (0.9 inches) thick. The referees shall check whether the materials correspond to the standards set up by Karate Organization.
Each competitor shall use four techniques in the breaking test, SEIKEN (fore-fist), SOKUTO (knife-foot), ENPI
(elbow), SHUTO (knife-hand), the total number of broken boards will be the base on which Decision by Tameshiwari will be made on. The Boards for the breaking test must be placed across the top of two stable blocks.
Each competitor must break a minimum of three boards. However, he may attempt to break as many boards as he likes.
The break is only approved of (KANZUI) if the boards are completely broken in two pieces. If they are only half
broken it will be regarded as failure (SHIPPAI). In case of SHIPPAI (failure) the competitor is allowed to try again, but the number of boards is limited to only three.