Shinkyokushin Karate is a Full Contact Karate, based on the exchange of direct strikes, and has it’s origins in Kyokushin Karate, founded by the late Sosai Mas Oyama himself. In this competition, which spreads across the globe, there is no use of protective equipment, and attacks are carried out with bare hands and bare feet, in an environment close to fighting.
In the Full Contact Rule, fouls attacks, such as blows to the head with the hand, are considered invalid, and bouts are decided by the difference in damage due to valid punches and kicks. If an opponent falls down due to damage, and is not able to get back up in 3 seconds, it is an Ippon (full point) victory. If the opponent gets back up in 3 seconds, it’s a Waza-ari (half point), and two Waza-ari will amount to an Ippon victory.
In the past, the Non Contact Rule, which does not exchange direct strikes, was main stream. In comparison, Full Contact Karate, which does not use protective equipment was considered unorthodox. However, the passion of Oyama Sosai, who was in pursuit of the strongest Budo, became only stronger, and in 1969, he successfully held the 1st All Japan Championship under the Full Contact Rule, at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Full Contact Karate gradually spread across the world, and in 1975, Karatekas from all over the world gathered in Japan, and the 1st World Championship was held. It was decided that this World Championship would be held every 4 years, just like the Olympic Games, and the event has made it’s place in the world, as the highest stage to decide the strongest competitor. This is how Full Contact Karate established it’s roots in various countries across the world.
The International Karate Organization KyokushinKaiKan built by Sosai Oyama, was reformed as NPO World Karate Organization ShinKyokushinKai, by his pupils who inherited his strong passion. ShinKyokushinKai, which strives to become the “Strongest and Largest Budo Organization”, is continuing it’s activities with the aim of further developing Full Contact Karate, and making Karate part of the Olympic Games.