World Karate Organization
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, covers more than 96 affiliated countries, making it the strongest organization of Kyokushinkai.
The mind, the technique and the body, necessary parts to nourish the spirit of martial arts.
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.
|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 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. One person is elected per country to be the Country Respresentative. The role of the country representative is to
manage communication and decisions among the Branch Chiefs.
To become a Branch Chief, you must posses a ni-dan level or above, and operate a dojo with 100+ students for more that 5 years.
The WKO also recognizes official National Contacts who have the right to communicate with WKO headquarters.
Click on the following link to view a list Branch Chiefs and Contacts in Canada and USA
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 96 countries.
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.
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:
|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|
Below is a list of Shinkyokushinkai karate dojos recognized by NPO Shinkyokushinkai WKO.
This list is under-construction and will be filled up later.
|Prov||City||Photo||Dojo Name||Chief Instructor||Address||Contact|
|Prov||City||Photo||Dojo Name||Chief Instructor||Address||Contact|