When I say "Kyokusin Karate is Korean Karate"
I mean it in two points. One is that Kyokusin Karate is made by Korean,
and the other that Kyokusin Karate has inherently many important features
of Korean martial arts like Taekwondo.
Kyokusin Karate was made by Korean
Kyokusin Karate was made by Korean master Oyama Masutatsu,
whos true name is Choi, Bae Dal. Many homepages wants to hide, but
he was born in Korea, and his parents and his sons and daughters are
all Korean. (Why do they want
to hide this truth?)
Oyama Masutatsu was born in Gim Je, a small town of
Southern Korea in 1923, as a son of a rich farmer. At that time Korea
was in under the rule of Japanese imperialism, so he went to Japan
to study. According to his friends, he didn't come back to Korea even
when Korea was liberated, because he promised with his mother to come
back to his native town as a famous good person who succeeded in the
Later he made Kyokusin Karate and his Gyms in Japan,
and there were many great martial artists in Korea already who made
Taekwondo, he got the nationality of Japan for the political benefit.
But he wanted to be a Korean, and he didn't think he was a Japanese.
Kyokusin Karate has many important features of
Korean martial arts
Master Choi(Oyama) learned trained Karate before his
creation of Kyokusin Karate. But it was neither the only martial arts
that he learned, nor the first one. Maybe Karate is the most important
one that he learned, but according to what we can search, the most
important part of his training is his sole training in the mountain.
The first martial arts he learned in his youth was Korean martial
arts, which is not certain on its identity. (Korean had many martial
arts at that time too.) And he learned Karate when he was in Japan,
but he also learned Judo. These are all concerned with just historical
If it were true that Kyokusin Karate has many important
features of Korean martial arts it concerns directly to the present
situation. The actual result of Kyokusin Karate. If you see the competition
of Kyokusin Karate, you can see that it is more similar to Taekwondo
than to Karate. At first you might think it is more similar to Karate,
for it shares the name "karate". But Kyokusin karate kicks
much more than just karate, and those kicks are not in original karate
at first. Kicks in fighting is, though prevailed and shared in almost
every contemporary martial arts, they were originally unique in Korean
martial arts only. Particularly Dui chagi(back kick), Hwai Chuk(reverse
kick) and Naeryo Chagi(Axe kick) cannot found in another original
martial arts except Taekwondo. But they are important part of Kyokusin
Of course, Kyokusin Karate is Karate, and it is Japanese.
I can accept this fact. I just want to tell you the facts on Kyokusin
Karate. For almost people, I believe it is not so important whether
Kyokusin Karate is Japanese or not. But it must be important for almost
everyone to know the truth. Kyokusin Karate was made by Korean master,
who although got the nationality of Japan, and this martial arts has
I also can accept that Kyokusin Karate grew under
the Japanese culture and it includes it. Every term was written and
read to Japanese letters and sounds. But everyone should als accept
that Kyokusin Karate was made by only one person, and his own martial
arts, and he(Oyama) wanted to remain as Korean forever, and the second
grand master of Oyama Masutatsu, the present president of Kyokusin
Kai is also Korean. For they are facts.