Kyokushin (極真) 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".

The name Kyokushinkai is composed of the characters:

Kyoku = highest, final

Shin = truth, reality

Kai = union, group

Which translated into something means: "style of highest possible reality".


While in the other styles the show aspect and the optics count and the opponent is not hit with full force; in Kyokushinkai Karate the hit effect is decisive.