About the WKO Canada


World Karate Organization


ShinKyokushin Kanji
Ultimate Truth

All Canadian members affiliated with a Shinkyokushin country Branch Chief is also a member of the World Karate Organization Shinkyokushinkai (WKO). This Organization, democratically constituted in Japan, includes over 100 affiliated countries, making it the strongest organization of Kyokushinkai.

WKO CANADA proudly represents our Canadian Shinkyokushin memebers.

The mind, the technique and the body, necessary parts to nourish the spirit of martial arts.

Our Mission

  • To spread the spirit and techniques of Shinkyokushin karate throughout Canada.
  • To ensure that instructors are qualified and competent;
  • To work in conjunction with the World Karate Organisation, Shinkyokushinkai

In order to achieve this, our union of branches aims to:

  • Encourage a greater degree of co-operation between Canadian members.
  • Coordinate mutual training camps, special training, grading exams and other events for members across Canada and North America and internationally;
  • Promote excellence in Shinkyokushin Karate and improving teaching standards of Shinkyokushin Karate;
  • Promote a greater community awareness of Shinkyokushin Karate and its contribution to society;

Our History

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).

After formally establishing the Kyokushinkaikan 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. 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 dedicated core of students. Oyama also sent instructors to other countries such as the Netherlands (Kenji Kurosaki), Australia (Shigeo Kato and Mamoru Kaneko), the United States (Tadashi Nakamura, Shigeru Oyama and Yasuhiko Oyama, Miyuki Miura), Great Britain (Steve Arneil), Canada (Tatsuji Nakamura) and Brazil (Seiji Isobe) to spread Kyokushin in the same way. Many students, including Jon Bluming, Steve Arneil, and Howard Collins, traveled to Japan to train with Oyama directly. In 1969, Oyama staged The First All-Japan Full Contact Karate Open Championships and Terutomo Yamazaki became the first champion. All-Japan Championships have been held at every year. In 1975, The First World Full Contact Karate Open Championships were held in Tokyo. World Championships have been held at four-yearly intervals since.

Since 1956, when Sosai Oyama opened its first Dojo , until 2003 when the NPO World Karate Organization Shinkyokushinkai was founded , here are the most relevant events that have taken place. Since the death of Sosai Oyama, many different organization were formed which stemmed from the Kyokushin base. Our current Shinkyokushinkai group was constituted as a democratic Organization in 2003, taking the name of NPO World Karate Organization Shinkyokushinkai (WKO). Since 2003, the WKO, has been reaping success for its World Championships, number of members and the faithful follow-up of the path that Sosai Oyama began. At the moment, it is the most respected World Organization inside and outside of Japan, being an entity of a democratic and non-profit nature.

Date Event
June 1956 Oyama Dojo began training in a rented studio behind Rikkyo University, Tokyo.
June 1960 After participating in some tournaments abroad, 72 Dojos in total were created in 1960 in 16 countries including Europe and America.
June 1965 Kyokushin Kaikan was officially inaugurated.
June 1975 The 1st tournament of the world was celebrated. Since then it has been celebrated every four years. The 1st open-karate weight tournament of all Japan was held. This tournament has been held every year since then.
Sept 1988 Kyokushinkai organizations were founded throughout Japan.
Apr 1994 Sosai Masutatsu Oyama passed away.
May 1995 The last will of Sosai was made creating a new Organization.
Sept 1995 The 1st article of the monthly magazine, the Kyokushin Damashii was published.
Oct 1996 The 28th karate tournament of all Japan was celebrated with the help of banking entities.
Apr 1997 Sosai's tomb was created.
June 1997 The 1st General Assembly of the IKO was held.
Dec 1997 the 29 Open Karate Tournament of all Japan was held. (29th All Japan)
Dec 1998 the 30th Open Karate Tournament of all Japan was held. (30th All Japan)
Dec 1999 the 7th Karate of the World Open Tournament was held. (30th All Japan)
Mar 2000 Kenji Midori was elected as the president of the international karate organization.
Jun 2000 the 17th Open-Weight Karate Tournament in all of Japan was held.
Oct 2000 IKO was officially approved as a non-profit organization (NPO) by the Governor of Tokyo. Therefore, IKO became a corporate entity.
Dec 2000 the 32 Open Karate Tournament of all Japan was celebrated. (32th All Japan)
June 2001 Participated in the 2001 World Cup (in Hungary).
Kenji Midori was named president of the karate organization of NPO International.
July 2001 the 18th Open Weight Karate Tournament of all Japan was held.
August 2001 Help & international friendship: The 7th Junior Japan Tournament was held.
Dec. 2001 the 33 Open Karate tournament of all Japan was held. (33th All Japan)
April 2002 the 1st Fukuoka International Karate tournament was held
June 2002 1997 the 19th open-weight karate tournament from all over Japan was held.
Nov 2002 the 34th Open Karate tournament of all Japan was held. (34th All Japan)
Apr 2003 the Open 20 karting tournament for pesos from all over Japan was celebrated.
May 2003 the 1st International Women's Karate Tournament was held
July 2003 The name of the Organization is changed by NPO World Karate Organization Shinkyokushinkai.

Our National Structure

Our national structure is based on a Branch Cheif system. Each Branch Chief is responsible for their district and reports directly to WKO headquarters. They have a voting right in the WKO general assembly. The union of all Branch Chiefs will decide on matters related to the country, for example, determining the details surrounding a national championship, or selection championship used to select fighters from Canada that would be eligible to participate in the World Championships which are held every 2 years, alternating between the open-weight championship held in Japan and weight championship.

Click on the following link to view a list of Branch Chiefs and Contacts in Canada and USA

About WKO

Since the change of name of the organization, it has been renamed NPO World Karate Organization Shinkyokushinkai (WKO), led by president Kenji Midori, has experienced an exponential growth, both in newly affiliated countries, as well as in the members of these. Currently the WKO has more than 80,000 members distributed in more than 101 countries (as of January 2019).

Since 2003 they have held the World Championships (Open weightless in Japan) every four years, the Championships of all Japan annually (All Japan) and the Championship weight and Dream Cup , held for several years.

The Cup of the Muno (World Cup) has also been established , by areas and weights, which is held every four years, alternating with the World Championship, and which is carried out each edition in a different area of ​​the world.

Our Belt System

Colored belts have their origin in Judo, as does the training gi, or more correctly in Japanese, dōgi or Keikogi. In Kyokushin the order of the belts varies in some breakaway groups, the kyu ranks and belt colors are as follows with the kyu grade black stripes optional:

Mukyu White
10th Kyu Orange Belt
9th Kyu Orange With Black Stripe
8th Kyu Blue Belt
7th Kyu Blue With Black Stripe
6th Kyu Yellow Belt
5th Kyu Yellow With Black Stripe
4th Kyu Green Belt
3rd Kyu Green With Black Stripe
2nd Kyu Brown Belt
1st Kyu Brown With Black Stripe
1st Dan Black Belt 1st Sho-Dan
2nd Dan Black Belt 2nd Ni-Dan
3rd Dan Black Belt 3rd San-Dan
4th Dan Black Belt 4th Yon-Dan
5th Dan Black Belt 5th Go-Dan
6th Dan Black Belt 6th Roku-Dan
7th Dan Black Belt 7th Sichi-Dan
8th Dan Black Belt 8th Hachi-Dan
9th Dan Black Belt 9th Ku-Dan
10th Dan Black Belt 10th Zu-Dan

Dojo List

Below is a list of Shinkyokushin karate dojos in the WKO Canada Group recognized by NPO Shinkyokushinkai WKO (Japan).
If you are an affiliated WKO Canada dojo and wish to be on this list, please send your contact info, along with a photo of yourself to information@wkocanada.ca

Prov City Photo Dojo Name Chief Instructor Address Contact
Prov City Photo Dojo Name Chief Instructor Address Contact