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The founder of Kyokushinkai karate was Masutatsu Oyama. Born in 1923 in south Korea, 'Mas' Oyama studied Chinese Kempo from the age of nine. After moving to Japan at the age of tweleve where he mastered Judo and became a pupil of Gichin Funakoshi. By the age of 17 has had acheived 2nd Dan and was awareded 4th Dan at 24.

In 1947 Mas Oyama won the All Japan Karate Championship and it was at this point that he decided to devote the rest of his life to sharing his knowledge of karate. As a result the next year of his life was spent living alone in the mountains and temples where he spent his days practicing karate and meditating on Zen precepts in the pursuit of enlightenment. His training routines were extremely rigourous and resulted in him being able to break trees and rocks with his bare hands.

Upon returning to society, Mas Oyama preseded to travel the world and demonstrate his karate skill by fighting bulls and defeating all challengers. Mas Oyama's reputation began to spread around the world and man people wanted to learn his style of karate.

Today, Kyokushinkai dojos can be found in over 123 counties around the globe.

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