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Kyokushin
KYOKUSHIN (極真) is a style of stand-up , full contact karate , founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese Masutatsu Oyama (大山倍達, Ōyama Masutatsu). "Kyokushin" is Japanese for "the ultimate truth." It is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. Its full contact style had international appeal (practitioners have over the last 40+ years numbered more than 12 million)
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Kyokushin Air
KYOKUSHIN AIR (旭神航空, Kyokushin Kōkū) was a commuter airline serving visitors and residents of Sado Island , Niigata Prefecture , Japan
Japan
. It commuted between Sado Island and Niigata Airport . The airline used Britten-Norman BN2 Islander aircraft for its services. The airline ceased operations on October 1, 2008 due to financial difficulties
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Strike (attack)
A STRIKE is a directed physical attack with either a part of the human body or with an inanimate object (such as a weapon ) intended to cause blunt trauma or penetrating trauma upon an opponent. There are many different varieties of strikes. An attack with the hand closed into a fist is called a punch ; an attack with the leg or foot is referred to as a kick ; and an attack with the head is called a headbutt . There are also other variations employed in martial arts and combat sports . "Buffet" or "beat" refer to repeatedly and violently striking an opponent; this is also commonly referred to as a combination, or combo, especially in boxing or fighting video games
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Full Contact Karate
FULL CONTACT KARATE is a broad term used to differentiate competition formats of karate where competitors spar (also called Kumite ) full-contact and allow a knockout as winning criterion, and those competitions which use light contact /semi contact point sparring where a knockout is regarded as a foul. The term is also used by extension to differentiate between schools/styles of karate dedicated to such full contact competitions, and schools/styles that are not. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Different formats * 2.1 Knockdown * 2.2 American * 2.3 Gloved * 2.4 Bogu Kumite * 2.5 Full contact point karate * 2.6 Hybrid fighting karate * 2.7 Others * 3 See also * 4 References HISTORY Full contact karate competition comes in several, and sometimes very different, formats. These different formats have different histories and were developed for the art of karate at different times in different places
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Japan
Coordinates : 35°N 136°E / 35°N 136°E / 35; 136 Japan 日本国 _Nippon-koku_ _Nihon-koku_ _ Flag Imperial Seal ANTHEM: * " Kimigayo _" * 君が代 "His Imperial Majesty's Reign" GOVERNMENT SEAL OF JAPAN * _ * Go-Shichi no Kiri_ (五七桐) Area controlled by Japan shown in green; claimed but uncontrolled shown in light green
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Masutatsu Oyama
MASUTATSU ŌYAMA (大山 倍達, Ōyama Masutatsu, born CHOI YEONG-EUI ( Hangul : 최영의 Hanja : 崔永宜); July 27, 1923 – April 26, 1994), more commonly known as MAS OYAMA, was a karate master who founded Kyokushin
Kyokushin
Karate, considered the first and most influential style of full contact karate . A Zainichi Korean
Zainichi Korean
, he spent most of his life living in Japan
Japan
and acquired Japanese citizenship in 1964. He was an alumnus of Waseda University
Waseda University

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Tadashi Nakamura (martial Artist)
TADASHI NAKAMURA (中村 忠, Nakamura Tadashi, born February 22, 1942) is the founder and Kaicho (chairman) of World Seidō Karate Organization. CONTENTS * 1 Early years * 2 Kyokushin
Kyokushin
* 3 Seido * 4 Books and articles * 5 See also * 6 Notes * 7 External links EARLY YEARSTadashi Nakamura was born on the February 22, 1942 in the town of Maoka on the island of Karafuto
Karafuto
. Nakamura trained in various martial arts including Goju-Ryu , Kendo
Kendo
, and Kyokushin
Kyokushin
. In 1956 he started studying with Mas Oyama
Mas Oyama
(founder of the Kyokushin
Kyokushin
style of karate) and he had reached the rank of shodan (1st degree black belt ) on May 6, 1962
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Steve Arneil
STEVE ARNEIL (born 29 August 1934) is a prominent South African -British master of Kyokushin karate . He learned directly from Masutatsu Oyama and was a senior instructor in Oyama's International Karate Organization (IKO) until 1991, when he resigned from the IKO. Arneil is the founder and President of the International Federation of Karate (IFK), holds the rank of 10th dan , and holds the title Hanshi . He and his wife settled in the United Kingdom in 1965. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Japan * 3 United Kingdom * 4 Later life * 5 References EARLY LIFEArneil was born on 29 August 1934 in Krugersdorp , Transvaal , South Africa. When he was 10 years old, his family moved to Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), and he began training in kung fu, judo and boxing there. At age 16, he was selected to represent Northern Rhodesia in rugby. By the age of 17, Arneil had earned black belt status in judo, and he had also practised kenpo and karate
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Sonny Chiba
SHIN\'ICHI CHIBA (千葉 真一, _Chiba Shin'ichi_, born 22 January 1939), also known as SONNY CHIBA, is a Japanese actor , singer , film producer , film director , and martial artist . Chiba was one of the first actors to achieve stardom through his skills in martial arts, initially in Japan
Japan
and later before an international audience. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 In Western popular culture * 5 Martial arts
Martial arts
ranks * 6 Filmography * 7 Books * 8 References * 9 External links EARLY LIFEBorn Sadaho Maeda (前田 禎穂, _Maeda Sadaho_) in Fukuoka, Fukuoka , Japan
Japan
, he was the third of five children in the family of a military test pilot. When he was four years old, his father was transferred to Kisarazu, Chiba, and the family moved to Kimitsu, Chiba
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Glaube Feitosa
GLAUBE ARAúJO FEITOSA (born April 9, 1973) is a Brazilian former kickboxer and a kyokushin full contact karate practitioner who was competing in K-1 . In 2005, Feitosa won K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Las Vegas tournament and was a K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 finalist. While living in Tokyo
Tokyo
, Japan
Japan
he fought and trained in the IKO1 Kyokushin
Kyokushin
- Team Ichigeki at the Ichigeki Plaza. Throughout his career he was known as one of the best non-champions to fight in the K-1, a position he earned with his wins over non-champion fighters, such as Ruslan Karaev , Musashi , Gary Goodridge and Junichi Sawayashiki . He also went the distance with some of the top fighters in his time, such as Peter Aerts
Peter Aerts
, Remy Bonjasky , Semmy Schilt and Errol Zimmerman
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Francisco Filho (martial Artist)
FRANCISCO "CHIQUINHO" ALVES FILHO (born January 10, 1971) is a Brazilian Kyokushin
Kyokushin
Karateka and kickboxer . He is one of the few karate-ka to have successfully completed the 100 man kumite more than once. He holds notable K-1 wins over Sam Greco , Andy Hug , Remy Bonjasky , Ernesto Hoost
Ernesto Hoost
, Peter Aerts
Peter Aerts
and Stefan Leko . CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Titles and accomplishments * 3 Kickboxing record * 4 See also * 5 References CAREERFrancisco Filho started Kyokushin
Kyokushin
kaikan around age of 10 and received black belt six and half years later. He made his professional K-1 fighting debut on July 20, 1997 at the K-1 Dream \'97 tournament against Kyokushin
Kyokushin
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Andy Hug
ANDREAS "ANDY" HUG (September 7, 1964 – August 24, 2000) was a Swiss karateka and kickboxer who competed in the heavyweight division. Considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight kickboxers of all time, along with Mirko Cro Cop
Mirko Cro Cop
, Peter Aerts
Peter Aerts
, Remy Bonjasky , Ernesto Hoost and Semmy Schilt , Hug was renowned for his ability to execute numerous kicking techniques rarely seen in high level competition and although he was usually smaller than his opponents, standing at 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) and being barely a heavyweight, weighing around 98.0 kg (216.1 lb; 15.43 st) in his prime, he made up for his lack of size with his tremendous athleticism and speed. A southpaw , his trademark kicks included the axe kick and the "Hug Tornado", a low spinning heel kick targeting his opponents' thighs
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Hajime Kazumi
HAJIME KAZUMI (数見 肇, Kazumi Hajime) is one of Kyokushin
Kyokushin
's most successful knockdown karate fighters and an instructor of karate fighting techniques. CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Tournament history * 3 100 man kumite * 4 References * 5 External links CAREERKazumi holds 6th dan black he started kyokushin karate at age of fifteen and at age twenty Kazumi defeated many top fighters to reach the finals of the All Japan
Japan
Karate
Karate
Tournament. Since then Kazumi has never finished outside of the top two places in any tournament. His effective punching and kicking combinations helped him reach the finals of six All Japan
Japan
Tournaments in a row, winning four of these to break Keiji Senpai's record
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Katsunori Kikuno
KATSUNORI KIKUNO (born October 30, 1981) is a Japanese mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC 's Featherweight division. He is the former DEEP Lightweight Champion
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Bobby Lowe (karateka)
EDWARD \'BOBBY\' LOWE (August 23, 1929 – September 14, 2011) was a prominent Chinese American
Chinese American
master of Kyokushin karate . He was the first uchi deshi (live-in student) of Masutatsu Oyama , founder of Kyokushin karate, and established the first Kyokushin school outside Japan. Lowe held the title of "Shihan" and was the Senior Instructor and an International Committee Chairman of the International Karate Organization founded by Oyama. EARLY LIFELowe was born on August 23, 1929. His father was a teacher of sil lum pai kung fu , and taught this art to his son. The young Lowe also studied judo and jujutsu under Seishiro Okazaki before studying kempo karate under James Mitose . At 23 years of age, he was ranked 4th dan in judo, 2nd dan in Kosho-ryu kempo, and 1st dan in Yoshinkai aikido . KYOKUSHIN KARATELowe first met Oyama at a demonstration the latter gave in 1952 in Hawaii
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Dolph Lundgren
HANS "DOLPH" LUNDGREN (born 3 November 1957) is a Swedish actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and martial artist. Lundgren received a degree in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in the early 1980s and a master\'s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney in 1982. He holds the rank of 3rd _dan _ black belt in Kyokushin karate and was European champion in 1980-81. While in Sydney, he became a bodyguard for Jamaican singer Grace Jones and began a relationship with her. He received a Fulbright scholarship to MIT
MIT
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