Kyokushin Karate-Do Philippines

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Overview What is Kyokushin Karate?

To understand this we must first review our concept of Karate. Karate appears fearful and destructive to many people. Movies have contributed to popularizing Karate in the wrong way There are also many people who think that Karate is only a type of calisthenics or perhaps, even a type of dance. This shows undeniably the lack of a proper view of what Karate really is.

Karate is a martial art, for many people it is a way of life, and it shares the common aim with Judo, Kendo, Aikido, the tea ceremony, calligraphy, and Japanese flower arranging of cultivating through physical and spiritual training. It is also within reason to claim that Karate, as the original martial art, through physical and spiritual training and discipline, makes the impossible possible, even to the unarmed, and helps one in pursuing the aim of his life. A physical training so strict naturally involves a demanding psychological training as well. Karate is a method of unifying the body and spirit and of making human life at once broader and deeper.

“Karate” is a combination of two Japanese words, "Kara" meaning empty or open and "Te", meaning hand, and is therefore used to describe a style of unarmed combat. Karate not always had this meaning of empty hands, this modern phrase started in a meeting of the Okinawan masters sponsored by an Okinawan newspaper, at which the use of the Tang character in the word Karate was discussed. The ideograph for Kara was altered to erase the Chinese connection for political reasons. So, the character “T’ang” (Kara) was replaced for "Empty" (Kara). It is generally accepted that the origins of karate are to be found in India(525 A.D.). The credit is given to a Buddhist priest named Daruma Taishi, also known as Bohdidharma, who was the third child of a king and a brilliant student of Zen. Daruma studied the attacking techniques of animals and insects and the forces of nature, and, combining these with a special breathing technique, he created the basis for a legendary system of weap on less fighting and mental concentration. Daruma created in China the Shao¬Lin temple in the province of Honan and in that monastery he instructed oher monks in his particular style of unarmed combat.

The system developed at the temple gradually disseminated throughout Asia, spreading to Okinawa, Korea and Mongolia. B By 1130 A.D., aspects of this system had even been incorporated into the indigenous military disciplines of geographically and culturally isolated Japan. The Asia fighting arts were historically taught and refined in secrecy, as their practice was routinely prohibited in different regions. Consequently, various regionally and family-based styles and schools evolved one of these being the Kempo style of Okinawa. By 1901, Kempo was being taught openly in Okinawa, and in 1916, was demonstrated in Japan by master Gichin Funakoshi. There, under the name of Karate, practical applications of the system were further refined and united with the Zen-based philosophy of the Japanese disciplines. The popularity of karate as both a martial art and a sport spread quickly in Japan and beyond, contributing to the development of diverse systems and schools.

Kyokushin Karate is a discipline through which practitioners may find clues to assist them in their own spiritual development and self-exploration. It is also, importantly, a martial art, encompassing philosophical considerations of life and death, struggle and survival. It is a practical form of self-defense, emphasizing (at the initial stages) kicks, punches, blocks and body movement. It is an intense physical activity, which directly benefits mental conditioning. “Kyokushin” is comprised of two Japanese words, Kyoku (ultimate) and Shin (reality or truth from within). The internationally recognized symbol of Kyokushin Karate, Kanku, originates from the kata Kana Dai. In this form, the hands are raised to the sky with the fingers touching. The logo interprets the fingers as the points implying the peaks, representing the wrists as the wide sections, signifying power. The center represents infinity and the circle that encloses the parts, continuity and circular motion. It is the utilization of this circular movement in the execution of techniques that distinguishes Kyokushin Karate from the traditional styles of Karate that rely on simple linear motion. Kyokushin Karate is characterized by requiring of its participants, tenuous training, conditioning and realistic contact while sparing. Kyokushin karate-ka believe this contact is necessary in order to fully appreciate the resiliency of the human body and spirit and to prepare for any serious confrontation. The word "OSU" and the phrase osu no seidhin” (perseverance under pressure) succinctly summarize the essence of the dojo kun, written by Sosai


Kyokushin Karate-do Philippines is considered one of the strongest Karate Organization in the Philippines based on its training syllabus, organization management and its huge membership. It is considered one of the few karate organization in the Philippines recognize by the IKO - International Karate Organization based in Tokyo Japan, There are many different styles of Karate that are known in the Philippines however, Kyokushin Karate is the toughest and the most respected due to its strict discipline and rigorous training. Some karate groups have gone to extreme commercialization in which the standard of karate has demonized and jeopardize. Because of these reason a vision from a man to bring back the true essence, standard and the glory of karate came to the rescue.


In 1980's, a lot of self proclaimed instructors without proper training and without credentials are manage to train some students and in effect bought confusion and desatisfaction among karate enthusiast. In effect, students have gone astray going from one dojo to another trying to find the right answer for their desire to learn the true art of karate. Years have past and in 1997, a man with the vision came by the name of Steven Foo trained under Branch Chief Peter Chong Of Singapore pass by on the dojo named Pure Energy at JP Laurel owned by Mr Victor Canon, a 4th Dan in Shotokan. Steven Foo offered Victor Canon to adopt a new style of Karate and at that time Mr. Canon has a dream to find the true karate, And he found out that the new style was more stronger and superior, which he was looking for and this is the Kyokushin Karate.Mas Oyama and Eiji Yoshikawa.


Sensie Steven Foo came to the Philippines from Singapore as a businessman, He also has his humble beginning as a young student at the same time practicing karate despite of the pain and bruises, even limping in going to school. Patience, perseverance and courage are the most significant virtues he learned during his early years in kyokushin Karate. Born to a poor family with his father need to work abroad, he manage to finished his studies while practicing karate. Now as a successful businessman and an accomplished blackbelt and instructor, a title of Branch Chief was awarded to him because of his dedication and commitment to enhance to the Pilipino people the importance of self-defense and the discipline that Kyokushin Karate can give. Today, Sensei Steven Foo continuously training students for minimal fee, not to mention his momentary contribution to purchase some of the best karate equipment from overseas. Kyokushin Karate-do Philippines is now one of the biggest in the country due to minimal fee karate training program being conducted in Manila, San Juan, Quezon City, Antipolo, Pasay, Mandaluyong, Cavite, and many others. Sensei Steven Foo was also able to host training camps and the 8th Asia Kyokushin Karate Tournament held at the Philsport Arena (Ultra) where 12 countries participated. He also manages to employ several karate instructors and send delegates to Japan, Indonesia and Kuwait which Philippines could be proud of as one of the country worthy to be included in the most exciting Kyokushin Tournament. Due to Sensei Steven Foo's sincere dedication to help the Filipino people, he has become a pillar in Kyokushin Karate in the Philippines, His unparallel contribution is molding his students to attain strong character and discipline will surely be remembered as long as they live. His Excellency in fighting will be a trademark that Kyokushin will carry as it moves on to a higher level to become more competent in the field of karate.
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