Sosai Masutatsu Oyama was born on July 27th, 1923, in a village in Southern Korea. At the age of 9 whilst staying on his sister's farm in Manchuria, he first learnt the Martial Arts, studying the southern Chinese Kempo form known as "Eighteen Hands." In 1938 Mas Oyama traveled to Japan with the desire to enter an aviation school and become a fighter pilot, but he was forced to abandon his dream and find work. He continued practicing judo and boxing and his interest in Martial Arts led him to the dojo of Gishin Funakoshi and thus, he started practicing Okinawa Karate.
With his dedication, Mas Oyama progressed quickly and by the time he was 20 years old he had obtained his fourth Dan. It was at this time that Mas Oyama entered the Japanese Imperial Army and began studying judo in the hope of mastering its holding and grappling techniques.
When he stopped training in judo, after about 4 years, he gained a fourth Dan. Following the defeat of Japan after the second world war, Oyama like all other young Japanese, was thrown into a personal crisis. He found a way out of his despair by training with So Nei Chu, a Korean Master of Goju-Ryu Karate. This great teacher, renowned for the power of his body, and deep spiritual inclination had a profound influence on young Mas Oyama. Master So taught him the inseparability of budo and the spiritual fundamentals of Buddhism. After a few years of training, Master So advised Mas Oyama to make a firm commitment to dedicate his life to the Martial Way and retreat to a mountain hideout and train his mind and body.
Dojo Kun (Training Hall Oath)
In some dojos, the Dojo kun is recited at the end of each training session. Students must learn the dojo kun and have a full understanding of its customs. The training oath is as follows :
1. We will train our hearts and bodies for a firm and unshakeable spirit.
2. We will pursue the true meaning of the martial way so that in time our senses may be alert.
3. With true vigour we will seek to cultivate a spirit of self-denial.
4. We will observe the rules of courtesy respect our superiors and refrain from violence.
5. We will follow our religious principles and never forget the true virtue of humility.
6. We will look up towards to wisdom and strength not seeking other desires.
7. All our lives through the discipline of karate we will seek to fulfill the true meaning of the Kyokushin way.
Colored belts have their origin in Judo, as does the training 'gi', or more correctly in Japanese, 'dōgi' or 'Keikogi'. In Kyokushin the order of the belts varies in some breakaway groups, but according to the Honbu of Oyama, the kyu ranks and belt colors are as follows:
IKO Kyokushinkaikan Basic Requirements and Tenure before Promotion
|White||n/a||3mos. (48 hrs.)||Taikyoku 1,2, Sokugi Taikyoku 1|
|Orange||10th and 9th||3mos. (48 hrs.)||Taikyoku 3, Sokugi Taikyoku 2,3|
|Blue||8th and 7th||3mos. (48 hrs.)||Pinan 1,2, Sanchin|
|Yellow||6th and 5th||6mos. (96 hrs.)||Pinan 3,4 Yantsu, Tsuki no Kata|
|Green||4th and 3rd||6mos. (96 hrs.)||Taikyoku Ura 1-3 , Pinan 5, Geki Sai Dai Tekki Sono Ichi|
|Brown||2nd and 1st||6mos. (96 hrs.)||Pinan Ura 1-5 , Tensho, Geki Sai Sho, Saifa|
|Black||Tekki Sono Ni, Bo Kihon Sono Ichi|