Watch Female Kyokushin Karate KO happen in seconds
Kyokushin is a style of stand-up, full contact, karate, founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese martial artist Masutatsu Oyama. Kyokushin is Japanese for “the ultimate truth” and is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline, and hard training.
After formally establishing Kyokushin Karate in 1964, Oyama directed the organization through a period of expansion. Oyama hand-picked instructors who displayed ability in marketing the style and gaining new members. Oyama would choose an instructor to open a new dojo and then the instructor would move to that town and demonstrate his karate skills in public places. After that, word of mouth would spread through the local area until the dojo had a core of dedicated students.
In its feeble 53 years, Kyokushin Karate has expanded at an exponential rate and is now popular all over the world. The competition side of this art is where things begin to get really interesting.
As you can see in the video below, no punches to the head are allowed; however, full force kicks to the face are completely legal and lead to one of the ways to victory: the knockout.
Much like Olympic style Taekwondo, the action is non-stop, for the most part, and points are awarded by overseeing judges for clean strikes landed. Unlike Taekwondo; however, leg kicks are allowed and in some competitions, even elbows. Victory can be obtained by either a judge’s decision or the ever so decisive knockout.
In the video below, we see two fierce female competitors engaged in a pretty evenly matched competition but just like any other combat sport, all it takes is one blow for things to take a drastic turn!
Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…