Kyokushin is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese Masutatsu Oyama. "Kyokushin" is Japanese for "the ultimate truth." It is rooted in a philosophy of self-improvement, discipline and hard training. Kyokushin training consists of three main elements: technique, forms, and sparring. These are sometimes referred to as the three "K's" after the Japanese words for them: kihon (basics), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).
Kata is a form of ritualized self-training in which patterned or memorized movements are done in order to practice a form of combat maneuvering.
Sparring, also called kumite, is used to train the application of the various techniques within a fighting situation. Sparring is usually an important part of training in most Kyokushin organizations, especially at the upper levels with experienced students.
In most Kyokushin organizations, hand and elbow strikes to the head or neck are prohibited. However, kicks to the head, knee strikes, punches to the upper body, and kicks to the inner and outer leg are permitted. In some Kyokushin organizations, especially outside of a tournament environment, gloves and shin protectors are worn. Children often wear headgear to lessen the impact of any kicks to the head. Speed and control are instrumental in sparring and in a training environment it is not the intention of either practitioner to injure his opponent as much as it is to successfully execute the proper strike. Tournament fighting under knockdown karate rules is significantly different as the objective is to down an opponent. Full-contact sparring in Kyokushin is considered the ultimate test of strength, endurance, techniques and spirit.
The history of Karate in Nepal is not so long. Just a few years ago, Karate was considered as an illegal game. People used to be terrified even just to talk about it. Struggling hard in that hard time,"Kyokushin Karate Do" was established in 2039 B.S. under the National Sports Council with legal value. International Karate Organization appointed Mr. Jagat Gauchan as the Branch Chief of the Organization for Nepal during the time when none knew the term. He is the one and only one person to introduce and develop full-contact martial art in Nepal for the firsttime.
After Mas Oyama's death, the International Karate Organization (IKO) split into many groups in Japan. On the way of development and extension of kyokushin karate in Nepal, Nepal Kyokushin–Seishin kaikan karate Association-Honbu Dojo was established in Kathmandu in 2015 under GRANDMASTER KANCHO SEISHIN IWASHITA (World Kyokushin Kai Karate Organization and World Seishin Kaikan Karate Organization, Japan). With effort of Shihan Mr. Ashok Kumar Sherstha (6th Dan Black Belt) was appointed as a Branch Chief for the Nepal Branch, Kathmandu.